About National Pretzel Day
This celebration of the beloved entwined bakery snack, originally proclaimed nationally in 1983.
It was later promoted by Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell in 2003 as Philadelphians eat almost 12 times more pretzels than the average American. Pennsylvania also produces the largest amount of pretzels in the USA.
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A Pretzel is a type of baked bread product made from dough most commonly shaped into a twisted knot. Pretzels originated in Europe, possibly among monks in the Early Middle Ages. The name means 'small reward'.
The hard pretzel is thought to have originated in the US in 1850 at Lititz, PA, with baker Julius Sturgis.