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National Pretzel Day is April 26

Updated on September 9, 2014

Pretzels have Been Here a Very Long Time

It is fitting that April 26 is National Pretzel Day because pretzels have been around for thousands of years. It is said that a monk in Italy would reward the children who learned their lessons with baked dough folded like a pretzel way back in 610 A.D. There are many other claims to the first pretzel and it has been used as an emblem of bakers since the 12th century in Germany.

Regardless of where the first pretzel was made we are still enjoying them today. Soft pretzels, hard pretzels and long pretzel sticks are a favorite snack everywhere.

Soft Pretzels are a Staple in Philly

Walking down the street in Philadelphia will bring you in contact with many food vendors and food trucks and on just about every block there will be someone selling soft pretzels better known as "soft twisted pretzels." Even when you are driving in the city of brotherly love there will be soft pretzel seller to sell them to you through your car window during rush hour. This is breakfast for many commuters. College students in Philly can always count on a filling pretzel at a reasonable price.

Pretzels - (for your Pretzel Day celebration)

Many different kinds of pretzels can be ordered for your game day or party day get together. There are even gluten free pretzels for those that cannot tolerate gluten.

Homemade Pretzels - So good and easy to make too!

Homemade pretzels
Homemade pretzels
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baking pretzels

How to Make Your Own Pretzels

Make your own pretzels and then brush with butter and add sea salt or cinnamon sugar at the end and you will have a great treat for the whole family. It truly is a fun project for every one in the family. The youngest love to try their hand at forming the famous pretzel shape.

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: 14


  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup coarse sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F while shaping pretzels.
  2. Mix the yeast, warm water and teaspoon of sugar and let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt in larger bowl and make an indentation in the center to hold the oil and yeast mixture.
  4. Mix these to form the dough. Kneed the dough about 5 minutes and place into a bowl coated with cooking oil. Cover with a cloth and let rise about 1 hour. The dough should double in size.
  5. Dissolve baking soda in hot water.
  6. Divide into 14 equal pieces and roll into a long rope with your hands. Twist the rope into a pretzel shape and place on the baking sheet
  7. After making ALL the pretzels, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  8. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until the pretzels are brown.
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Goes Great with Pretzels

The dip of your choice is a great addition to serving pretzels.

Pretzel Facts

Biggest Pretzel Ever Made was 40 lbs and 5 foot across---it was made by Mr. Nacchio in Philadelphia. ---------- He also made the 20lb 4 ft pretzel in the movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World".-----------Reading, Pa takes the prize for making the most pretzels, just one of it's plants can package more than 10 million pretzels each day!

Pretzel Facts

Biggest Pretzel Ever Made was 40 lbs and 5 foot across---it was made by Mr. Nacchio in Philadelphia. ---------- He also made the 20lb 4 ft pretzel in the movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World".-----------Reading, Pa takes the prize for making the most pretzels, just one of it's plants can package more than 10 million pretzels each day!

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      3 years ago

      I saw this recipe a few motnhs ago, they looked delicious! I mean what's not to love, salty pretzels (love them), peanut butter (love it), chocolate (love it) all three together? It has to be delicious! I would love to meet the person who thought it would be a good idea to put chocolate and peanut butter together, Genius!a0 I got this recipe from Stephanies Kitchen.

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      6 years ago

      I love the Butterbrezeln that I get in Germany, fresh out of the oven from the baker, cut open and spread with heavenly!

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      6 years ago

      I am certainly a big pretzel lover!!! I have always wanted to try making my own! Blessed!

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      6 years ago

      I love Pretzels, I'm jealous of those delicious covered pretzels you have there in the us, great lens.

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      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Yummy lens, these pretzels look delish!!

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      6 years ago

      Fun food, think I'll get some. Fun lens!

    • gatornic15 profile image


      6 years ago

      I've never tried to make my own soft pretzels. I may have to give that a try.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      You've made me hungry for a hot, soft pretzel - I'm going to have to make your recipe now! Right now!

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      6 years ago from Australia

      I am eager to try your recipe. Thank you for a beautiful and delicious pretzel history. Blessings.

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      Jules Corriere 

      6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Delicious holiday! I prefer soft pretzels, myself, but I also munch on pretzel sticks. Congratulations on making the Best of Squidoo Silly Celebrations for April. Blessed.

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      6 years ago

      I think there should be pretzel day everyday, because they are so good. LOL

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      6 years ago

      Whew, even a recipe! I'm a day late for National Pretzel Day but I see you have leftovers here. Congratulations on being chosen as one of the lens honored for the Best of Squidoo - Silly Celebrations in April!

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      6 years ago

      fun lens :)

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      Robin S 

      6 years ago from USA

      Happy Pretzel Day!

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      Gil Hildebrand 

      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Had no idea until now. I have just resolved to enjoy a pretzel and beer after work today. Thanks for letting me know!

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Glad I didn't miss this. Time to go get some!

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      6 years ago

      Hope you enjoy Pretzel Day!

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for a nice lens on pretzels, I am going to try this recipe. Happy Pretzel Day.

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      6 years ago

      Wow! Am hungry for pretzels now! Thanks!


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