by Rick Cox
on Friday, April 26th, 2019 at 5:46pm.
The yummy pretzel originates from stories throughout Europe - one of the most popular legends of the pretzels' origination stems from Italy where a Monk in 610 AD folded dough to resemble a person crossing their arms in prayer. He used this baked good to reward the children in his place of worship for learning their prayers. The legend calls these early Pretzels "Pretiola", which translates to "Little Rewards". The first sign of historical evidence of a pretzel was found in Germany in 1111. As pretzels gained popularity throughout the years, they became a sign of good luck and spiritual wholeness as the three holes in the pretzel represented the holy trinity from the Catholic religion. Pretzels would be found in many holiday events, from ornaments on Christmas Trees in Germany to hiding pretzels for children to find on Easter Sunday in Austria. You could even find a pretzel on a couples wedding day through a wishbone/tying the knot tradition. Pretzels didn't find its way into the United States until German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania and pretzel bakeries began to pop up. It is even speculated that the first Pretzels in North America came over on the Mayflower.
Declared by the Governor of Pennsylvania in 2003, April 26th was marked as National Pretzel Day. With $550 million worth of pretzels sold every year, Pennsylvania holds 80% of the production in the United States. The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels each year. If you are craving pretzels check out these local spots, to enjoy the treat.
Mellow Mushroom - 3012 W Cary St. & other locations - Pretzel Bites
Their signature pretzel bites with dips are the perfect appetizer or snack to satisfy your pretzel cravings.