Happy National Pretzel Day!
Have you ever wondered where the phrase 'tie the knot' comes from? Legend has it that during a couples' wedding, the bride and groom would break a pretzel (like a wishbone) and eat it to symbolize their unity. In celebration of National Pretzel Day I wanted to take the opportunity to not only give you random #PretzelFacts but also provide you with a little background on this savory little snack...
It is believed that pretzels were invented by monks around 610 AD out of left over dough. The "twist" was a result of them trying to resemble a traditional prayer pose. The interconnected sections later helped monks teach (and reward) children about the holy trinity.It wasn't until around 1850 that the first pretzel was made in America, by a Philadelphia baker who was given the recipe by a German "drifter" who later became his apprentice.
There you have it, even pretzels have a fascinating history.
If you're reading this blog post today, I hope you are taking a moment to grab a pretzel at a nearby restaurant/bar and enjoying every last bite. Twitpic a picture of your pretzel to @PDXPretzels too if you get the chance and let's make National #PretzelDay a day to remember!