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April 26th is National Pretzel Day
you're looking for something to do today then get ready to satisfy your
appetite because it's National Pretzel Day! Soft or hard...
decide! Let's get right into celebrating National Pretzel Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well, today actually has a reason to be called a
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
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
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
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
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
craving. But you're always welcome to try making your own
pretzels. There are plenty of recipes online for making hard
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
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
time adding pretzel twists to your day!