National Pretzel Day - 2022-04-26
What is National Pretzel Day?
Don’t forget National Pretzel Day on April 26th! It’s a day to celebrate America’s favorite little snack food. Whether you prefer the soft, warm, cinnamon kind or the crunchy, salty kind, you can’t go wrong. The important thing is to eat something salty and crunchy. A few different accounts exist of the origin of the pretzel. Most people agree that it was developed by monks during medieval times. In 610 AD, a monk in Italy invented pretzels as a reward for children who learned their prayers. He called the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, pretiola (little rewards). Some people say that the pretzel originated in southern France. Others say it was invented in a monastery in Greece. Both stories are related to the use of rings in religious ceremonies. In the Catholic Church, pretzels had both religious and practical significance. In the 1600s, bakers could hang them on sticks from a central column, which is how they appear in Job Berckheyde’s (1681) painting. In the past, many pretzel bakeries flourished in Pennsylvania. But it wasn't until the 20th century when soft pretzels became very popular in the Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York areas.
When is National Pretzel Day?
April 26 is National Pretzel Day.
History of National Pretzel Day
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26th “National Pretzel Day” to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy.
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