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Time to get twisted and grab a freebie too: Celebrate National Pretzel Day

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Early in the fifth century, a group of German monks invented the pretzel. Believe it or not, they were given to children for the good deeds they performed. This twisted design was done on purpose to mimic arms folded in prayer.

April 26 is “National Pretzel Day”! Who doesn’t love those large, soft and salty twists? Pretzels are delicious alone or dipped in mustard.

There are various flavors of these home-baked pretzels made fresh to choose from. Some of these flavors are just begging you to go out and get yours today.

Flavors:

  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Everything Pretzel
  • Garlic
  • Italian seasonings
  • Melted cheese
  • Parmesan
  • Ranch
  • Salt
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sugar
  • Unsalted
  • Yogurt

A company called Pretzel Maker is offering a free pretzel on April 26 in celebration of “National Pretzel Day”. There are many locations participating in this food event. Click on link labeled Free Pretzel to find the location nearest you. A free warm and delicious soft pretzel is waiting for you to grab.

Pretzel Maker is also providing a variety of food items to choose from. There are pretzel bites, sauces, blended drinks and lemonades. They also came out with a new food design too. It is called the pretzel dog. It looks like the original Pigs in a Blanket appetizer. But, instead of a biscuit or croissant covering, these little hot dogs are wrapped in pretzel dough. How unique is this? What is stopping you? Enjoy your free pretzel and have a happy and healthy National Pretzel Day!

Get your free pretzel locally–enjoy crunchy or chewy pretzels today and celebrate “National Pretzel Day”!

© 2011 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved

Pretzel sticks
Pretzel sticks Mobile Holidays Examiner / Beverly Mucha

Pretzel sticks

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 National Pretzel Day to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state's history and economy in 2003.

The annual pretzel industry in the US is worth over $550 million.

Small pretzels
Small pretzels Mobile Holidays Examiner / Beverly Mucha

Small pretzels

The average American eats about 1.5-2 pounds of pretzels per year, except Pennsylvanians, who consume up to 12 times that! 

It's been estimated that a quart of yellow mustard is used for each 200 pretzels sold.

Prior to Reading's twisting machine, most commercial pretzels were shaped by a cracker-cutting machine, then transferred to baking pans and placed in the ovens by hand.

Waffle pretzels
Waffle pretzels Mobile Holidays Examiner / Beverly Mucha

Waffle pretzels

In the 17th century, pretzels were known as a marriage knot.

During a wedding ceremony, a couple would wish upon a pretzel, break it (like a wishbone), and eat it to signify their oneness.

It is speculated that the term, "tying the knot," originated in Switzerland in 1614 during a wedding between two prominent families.

In the 18th century, German children would wear pretzel necklaces at the beginning of a new year for prosperity, health and good fortune.

Pretzel nuggets
Pretzel nuggets Mobile Holidays Examiner / Beverly Mucha

Pretzel nuggets

Pretzels can also be topped with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, cinnamon and sugar, Italian seasonings, garlic, dipped in chocolate, cheese or yogurt - the possibilities are endless.

Pretzel rods
Pretzel rods Mobile Holidays Examiner / Beverly Mucha

Pretzel rods

George W. Bush had been watching the 2002 Baltimore-Miami NFL playoff when a pretzel he was eating "didn't seem to go down right".

The next thing he knew he was on the floor with his dogs staring at him from above.

An evaluation by a White House physician found nothing wrong, aside from a bruised and cut face, and attributed the incident to a decreased heart rate caused by the pretzel being lodged his throat and cutting off his oxygen supply.

Pretzel twists
Pretzel twists Mobile Holidays Examiner / Beverly Mucha

Pretzel twists

The popular story is that a European monk in the year 610, while making unleavened bread for Lent, began shaping leftover dough in the now familiar crisscross shape, which resembled the form of one praying with their arms crossed over their chest.

These were then baked and given to children as treats or rewards for learning their prayers.

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