National Pretzel Day – An Annual Holiday for Pretzel. A day to celebrate the wonderful treat we love … Pretzels … Whether it be a soft pretzel or a hard pretzel. Plus find out how to score a free pretzel or two. #PretzelDay
National Pretzel Day
National Pretzel Day is Celebrated Annually on April 26th
Do you like your Pretzels from the bag … those hard and salty ones the soft ones that come in various flavors like Auntie Anne’s?
Did you know the Pretzel has a form of Christian roots? According to The History of Science and Technology, in 610 AD, “an Italian monk invents pretzels as a reward to children who learn their prayers. He calls the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, pretiola (little rewards).” Another place mentioned it got its roots in France from a monastery and they twisted their communion bread then.
While many people are familiar with the pretzel’s twisted shape, not everyone knows that it was actually designed to resemble arms folded in prayer. The pretzel’s unique shape was originally created by monks in the early Middle Ages, who made small, crisp breads called pretiolas to reward children who had memorized their prayers. The shape of the pretiola was meant to resemble the crossed arms of a person in prayer.
Over time, the pretiola evolved into the pretzel that we know today, and the shape was adapted to make it easier to bake and transport. However, the pretzel’s roots in religious tradition are still evident in its design. Today, pretzels are enjoyed by people of all backgrounds and beliefs, but their history as a symbol of prayer and reward is a lesser-known fact that adds to their cultural significance.
It was also reported that the Soft Pretzel got started in the 19th Century by Pennsylvania. It wasn’t until 2003 that National Pretzel Day came into being.
I love pretzels. My favorite bagged kind is the Rold Gold Cheddar Hard Pretzels. As for soft prezels from Auntie Anne’s, I like the Original, Sweet Almond, Roasted Garlic and Parmesan, and the Pepperoni. I have never eaten at Philly Pretzel Factory, so I am not sure which flavors I would like. I am sure I would like their original pretzel too. Looking at their menu, I think I would like the Pepperoni Pretzel Melts.
I am not sure about any other Pretzel joints to add. If you know of any, please feel free to share in the comments.
Pretzel Day is celebrated annually on April 26th. It is a day dedicated to one of the world’s most beloved baked goods – the pretzel. This holiday originated in the United States but has since been embraced by people all over the world.
The history of the pretzel can be traced back to Europe, where it was originally known as a pretiola. The pretiola was a type of small, crisp bread that was baked by monks in the early Middle Ages. These baked goods were shaped to resemble arms folded in prayer, and they were often given to children who had memorized their prayers.
Over time, the pretiola evolved into the pretzel that we know and love today. The pretzel made its way to America with German immigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries, where it quickly became a popular snack food. Today, the pretzel is a staple of American cuisine, and it can be found in nearly every corner of the country.
Pretzels come in many different shapes and sizes, from small, crunchy twists to large, soft pretzels that are perfect for dipping in mustard or cheese sauce. They can be sweet or savory, and they are often enjoyed as a snack or as part of a meal.
One of the most popular ways to celebrate Pretzel Day is by making your own pretzels at home. This can be a fun activity to do with kids, and it’s a great way to get creative in the kitchen. There are many different recipes available online, ranging from simple twists to more complex doughs that require multiple steps.
If you’re not in the mood for cooking, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy pretzels on Pretzel Day. Many restaurants and bakeries offer special deals and discounts on pretzels, and some even give them away for free. You can also try different types of pretzels, like pretzel buns or pretzel rolls, which are perfect for sandwiches.
Overall, Pretzel Day is a fun and delicious holiday that is enjoyed by people all over the world. Whether you’re baking your own pretzels or just enjoying a soft pretzel with mustard, take some time today to savor the deliciousness of this beloved baked good. Happy Pretzel Day!
Usually some pretzel places offers deals such as a free pretzel. That is usually at participating locations. Check with the location before you arrive to see if they are doing any specials. Some include a free pretzel, while others may be a free pretzel with a purchase. Also check to see if the special is done through an app or not.
Some of these include these places:
- National Holiday Calendar
- Penn Live
- Auntie Anne’s
- Philly Pretzel Factory
- Ben’s Soft Pretzels
- Wetzel’s Pretzels
These offers are subject to change without notice. Based on availability and participating locations. Other restrictions may apply. See each locations for their details.
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First published April 25, 2018. Last updated April 26, 2023.