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National Pretzel Day

Celebrate National Pretzel Day with a twist - try something new! From savory flavors to sweet treats, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
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April 26
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United States

Celebrate National Pretzel Day on April 26 with a delicious, salty snack that has been around for centuries! Pretzels have been enjoyed in many cultures since the 5th century AD, and are now beloved worldwide as an iconic food. Enjoy them dipped in cheese or chocolate sauce, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or simply savored plain - however you like it, there's no denying pretzels make a tasty treat!

History of National Pretzel Day

National Pretzel Day Dates

National Pretzel Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>5th century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Invention of the Pretzel</div><div class='timeline-text'>The pretzel was invented by a monk in Europe who used it as a reward for children who learned their prayers.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pretzels Come to America</div><div class='timeline-text'>German immigrants introduced pretzels to North America in the 19th century, with Pennsylvania becoming a major hub of pretzel production.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1861</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Pretzel Factory</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first commercial pretzel bakery, Sturgis Pretzel House, was established in Lititz, Pennsylvania.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1993</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pretzel-Inspired Snacks</div><div class='timeline-text'>Popular snack food company Rold Gold released Pretzel Twists, further popularizing pretzels as a casual snack food.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Pretzel Day Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania declared April 26 National Pretzel Day to celebrate the state's long history with the snack.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pretzels Go Gourmet</div><div class='timeline-text'>Following gourmet food trends, several companies like Auntie Anne's and Wetzel's Pretzels began offering gourmet pretzel products, expanding the public's taste for this versatile snack.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Pretzel Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake your own pretzels</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Making your own pretzels isn't hard and it's a great way to celebrate National Pretzel Day. All you need is flour, yeast, salt, and baking soda. Follow the instructions on any simple pretzel recipe and enjoy the delicious outcome.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a brewery</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Breweries often serve soft pretzels as a snack. So why not make your way to one of these places and indulge in some cold beer and salty snacks? Just make sure to drink responsibly.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go out for pretzels</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many restaurants have pretzel dishes on their menu. So go out with your friends and family and explore the different kinds of pretzels that restaurants have to offer.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a pretzel party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your loved ones over for a special National Pretzel Day celebration! Serve different types of pretzels like sweet or savory, spiced or plain; get creative by serving them with dips or spreads.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Give away pretzels</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you love baking, make some extra pretzels and give them away! You can spread the joy of National Pretzel Day by gifting handmade pretzels to your friends, family, colleagues or even strangers.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Pretzel Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pretzels are delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From the salty crunch of a pretzel to the soft chewiness of a pretzel bun, it's hard to deny that pretzels can be absolutely delicious. Whether you're snacking on them solo or using them as a base for sandwiches and pizzas, there's no doubt that we all love pretzels!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pretzels come in all shapes and sizes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>No two pretzels are created equal. From traditional twisted ropes to thick and doughy sticks, there are so many different varieties to choose from. Not to mention the countless flavors like cinnamon sugar, garlic parmesan, and honey mustard - your tastebuds will never get bored!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pretzels are healthy snacks</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Contrary to popular belief, pretzels aren't just empty calories. In fact, they can actually be quite healthy due to their high dietary fiber content. Plus, they have relatively few calories compared to other snacks like chips or cookies and are made with natural ingredients. So make sure you enjoy some pretzels on National Pretzel Day - your body will thank you for it!</p></div></div>

5 Twisty Facts for National Pretzel Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pretzels Might Have Religious Origins</h3><p class='facts-content'>It's commonly believed that pretzels were created by Christian monks around 610 A.D., with the twisty shape designed to look like arms crossed in prayer.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Hard and Soft Pretzels Have Different Baking Processes</h3><p class='facts-content'>Soft pretzels are boiled in baking soda water before being baked, resulting in their chewy texture. Hard pretzels skip the boiling process, which gives them their crunchy bite.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pretzels Used to Serve as Marriage Knots</h3><p class='facts-content'>During the 16th century in Switzerland, pretzels were used in marriage ceremonies. Just like rings, a pretzel would be broken in half by the couple to seal the bond of matrimony.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pennsylvania Produces 80% of U.S. Pretzels</h3><p class='facts-content'>The state of Pennsylvania is responsible for producing 80% of the pretzels in the U.S., hence its significant role in establishing National Pretzel Day.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>World's Largest Pretzel Weighed 842 Pounds</h3><p class='facts-content'>The world's largest pretzel was baked in El Salvador in 2015, weighing an astonishing 842 pounds and measuring 29.2 feet long by 13.78 feet wide.</p></div></div>

National Pretzel Day FAQs

When is National Pretzel Day?

National Pretzel Day is celebrated on April 26 every year. In 2024 National Pretzel Day will occur on a Friday.

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