National Pretzel Month

Even though there are several different origin stories for pretzels, it’s believed that they have been around for at least 1,000 years. It’s believed that Italian monks first created them to reward children who learned their prayers, and this practice quickly spread to other parts of Europe.

Pretzels became extremely popular in Germany and were brought by German immigrants to the New World. This is why pretzels can be found all across the world and are a very popular snack food in many countries. They are so popular that someone even decided to make October National Pretzel Month, a month dedicated to these delicious, crunchy snacks.

The History of National Pretzel Month

Currently, we’re unsure who invented National Pretzel Month. We searched the World Wide Web and couldn’t find anyone claiming credit for this month. We also couldn’t find any references to when this month may have originated.

Now, we suspect that it was placed in October because this is also the month for Oktoberfest — a popular German festival. Since pretzels are a popular German food, it makes sense for them to be celebrated during this month.

Interesting Facts About Pretzels

Let’s go over some of the interesting facts that we learned about pretzels and would like to now share with everyone reading about this month. Let’s go!

  • The soft pretzel was invented before the hard pretzel.
  • The name “pretzel” comes from the word “pretiola,” which meant “little rewards.”
  • It’s believed that the first pretzel came to North America on the Mayflower.
  • German immigrants popularized pretzels in the United States.

Observing National Pretzel Month

This is not only a great month to enjoy more pretzels, but it’s also a good month to learn more about making pretzels. There are numerous pretzel recipes on the Internet nowadays, so people can enjoy the ones they like the most.

These can include hard or soft pretzels, savory pretzels, or even cinnamon and sugar pretzels. One of the ways that we like to enjoy pretzels is by enjoying pretzel sandwiches. These are pretzels that are filled with either a hot dog, bratwurst, or salsiccia. There are also ham and cheese or turkey and cheese sandwiches.

There are places all across the country that sell pretzels in this way. It’s also recommended that people spread the word about National Pretzel Month. This can be done by gifting friends and family members pretzels and/or pretzel sandwiches. This can also be done by using the hashtag #NationalPretzelMonth on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 1 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
October 1 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
October 1 Sunday
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