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April 26th is National Pretzel Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then get ready to satisfy your appetite because it's National Pretzel Day!  Soft or hard... you decide!  Let's get right into celebrating National Pretzel Day!


Well, today actually has a reason to be called a "National" holiday because it was introduced to Congress in 1983 by United States Representative Robert Walker. Why would he do such a thing? He wanted people to recognize the great work that Pennsylvania pretzel bakeries were doing for our nation. These PA bakeries actually produce almost 80% of the nations pretzel supply! So I guess hard work like that deserves to be recognized, huh?  And if you look at the history of pretzels in the United States you'll see Pennsylvania has been the main producer from the beginning. Head to Lititz, Pennsylvania in 1861 and you might see the Sturgis Pretzel House open up, which was the first commercial pretzel bakery in the United States.  Fast forward to 1935 and you'll see the invention of the first automatic pretzel twisting machine made by the Reading Pretzel Machinery Company from Pennsylvania. And there is even a pretzel museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  But oddly enough, pretzels seem to have been created by monks. Way back in 610 AD, they are claimed to be created as a reward for kids who learned their prayers. They were folded to resemble folded arms, like someone praying, and were called pretiola which means little rewards. But that's just one version of their creation. Others say they were created in a monastery in Southern France, were an adaption of Greek ring bread or were created by German bakers. Either way, they're delicious and I appreciate whoever did create them!  Pretzels come in so many forms and are usually salted. You can get thick, full, hard pretzels, broken pretzels, pretzel rods or sticks, flavored pretzel nuggets, soft pretzels and much more. And you're not limited on flavors either, some really common flavors are ranch and honey mustard.  So why don't you explore the wonderful world of pretzels today?


So how can you celebrate today?  Well, you have two very simple options to start with, depending on which type of pretzel you want to eat. If you want hard pretzels then you can just head to your local grocery store or even a convenience store at a gas station. Pretzels are everywhere! Pick up your favorite kind of pretzel or expand your horizons and try a new type or flavor. Personally I love those ranch flavored pretzel nuggets.  Or if you want a fresh, soft pretzel then you can head to the closest place that sells them. Auntie Annes is a really popular soft preztel shop; I highly recommend them!  But if you can't find anyone willing to cook up some soft pretzels for you then you're always welcome to buy some frozen ones.  I admit they won't be as good but they might satisfy your craving.  But you're always welcome to try making your own pretzels.  There are plenty of recipes online for making hard or soft pretzels which could make for a really fun celebration.  You'd be in complete control of the flavor of your pretzels, so get as creative as you like!  How's a peanut butter flavored pretzel sound?  And if you don't have a lot of time, Auntie Annes sells soft pretzel kits so that you can make pretzels that taste almost exactly like the ones you'd buy from them.  I hope you have a fun time adding pretzel twists to your day!

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