April 26th, 2019 – National Pretzel day for our friends in the United States. It seems only fair that we inform our audience on this great celebration, how it is celebrated and why it exists.
So kick your feet up, grab a cup of coffee and pretzel
A brief history of the Pretzel
Nobody knows the exact date of invention or where the pretzel came from. That’s not to say we don’t have our hunches. A lot of resources point to a rather religious background – European Monks.
It is said that the Pretzel began its journey with thanks to European Monks and a need to rid of excess dough. With the need to rid of the dough, the first pretzel was born. They then continued and became almost a reward for young children which learnt their prayers. Perhaps the reason we love them so much is because the sweet, warm, soft dough has been stitched into our DNA?
A reason for why this European Monk theory is very realistic is due to the shape and design of pretzels. If you study them closely, you will notice the following: They look as if they are a pair of hands praying. Some say that the 3 holes created by the twists and turns of the dough are even there to represent The Holy Trinity.
So then, throughout time, as more and more knots were tied, word of the pretzel spread and became ever more present in everyday life. Fast forward to modern day and everywhere you look, regardless of your location, be it Europe of the United States, you can bet your money that you’re not far away from a pretzel.
1993! The first pretzel museum opened! A 7-minute film, demonstration of championship hand twisting at 57 per minute and tasting were highlights.
April 26th, 2003 – National Pretzel day was declared by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. A day in which the importance and history of the pretzel is celebrated all across the U.S!
In fact, Pretzels have become so popular that Americans eat around two pounds of pretzels each year, but Philadelphians eat an average of twelve pounds per year. That’s a lot of pretzel.
Philadelphia Pretzel Museum
Pretzels come in all shapes and sizes, we love them all equally…
They started life as a large, soft and warm twisted dough treat for young children. Now there are a huge number of pretzel variety and an even larger list of recipes to be found.
However you enjoy your pretzels – the American Grocery Store has you covered…except from fresh…we’re not bakers!
Flipz are best known for their sweet treat pretzels. They come in a great range of flavours, including; ‘Milk Chocolate’, ‘White Fudge’, ‘Dark Chocolate’ and even ‘Birthday Cake’.
Ever Tried Snyders Pretzels before? They come in 2 styles – crushed pieces or crisps! All flavours are savoury and come in a variety of flavours, including; Honey Mustard & Onion and Jalapeno!