National pretzel day
April 26th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
Share this on:

While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Twist and shout! April 26 is National Pretzel Day.

No matter which way you twist them (or don’t), pretzels are a popular snack. Their origin however, might surprise you.

Seventh century French and Italian monks rewarded children who’d learned their Bible verses with pretzels. It’s been said that the way pretzels are twisted to represent someone with their arms crossed in prayer, and that the three holes made by the twists represent the father, son and holy spirit. To back this all up, the word pretzel derives from the Latin word for "little reward" and the Italian word for "little arms."

Throughout history, pretzels have also had a pretty prominent seat at some important tables. They were eaten at Good Friday dinners, served at weddings to bring luck and prosperity, and even saved the city of Vienna from Ottoman rule. Apparently, pretzel bakers heard the Ottoman Turks tunneling under the city walls and alerted the guards, who thwarted the attack.

While the early pretzels were the soft kind, we have the Pennsylvania Dutch to thank for the hard, crunchy kind. In fact, Pennsylvania still makes most of America’s pretzels – 80% of them to be exact. That’s a lot when you consider that $1 billion worth of pretzels are sold annually.

Whether you like them hard or soft, with or without salt, dipped in mustard or nothing at all, it’s clear that pretzels aren’t going anywhere. And, if you’d like to help celebrate the day, check with your local pretzel seller as some are giving their twisted snack away for free.

Posted by:
Filed under: Breakfast Buffet • Food Holidays • News

Next entry »
« Previous entry
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Donnell Jodoin

    Nice post. I be taught something more difficult on completely different blogs everyday. It's going to at all times be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice somewhat something from their store. I�d desire to use some with the content on my blog whether you don�t mind. Natually I�ll provide you with a link on your internet blog. Thanks for sharing.

    August 13, 2013 at 5:03 am |
  2. Rey Footer

    An impressive share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing a bit evaluation on this. And he the truth is purchased me breakfast because I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the deal with! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If doable, as you develop into experience, would you thoughts updating your weblog with extra particulars? It's extremely useful for me. Large thumb up for this weblog put up!

    August 13, 2013 at 3:03 am |
  3. Lynell Luke

    I�d should verify with you here. Which is not something I often do! I take pleasure in reading a publish that may make individuals think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

    August 10, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  4. Douglass Devoy

    There are some attention-grabbing cut-off dates on this article however I don�t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There may be some validity however I'll take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish extra! Added to FeedBurner as properly

    August 7, 2013 at 4:02 am |
  5. Jordan Hannen

    There are actually quite a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That could be a great point to bring up. I provide the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing might be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if finest practices have emerged around things like that, but I am certain that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment�s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

    August 7, 2013 at 3:31 am |
  6. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Weird. I ate about 4 pretzels this weekend and hadn't even read this.

    April 29, 2013 at 11:51 am |
  7. Twisted Sister

    Need I say More? Twisted....

    April 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Bob1god

      Steely Dan – Pretzel logic

      April 27, 2013 at 2:23 am |
Next entry »
« Previous entry
| Part of