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 they were first created by Italian monks 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 with German immigrants to the New World. This is why pretzels can be found all across the world and is 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 of 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 OctoberFest — a popular German festival. Since pretzels are a popular German food, it makes sense for it 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.” This word 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 not only enjoy more pretzels, but it’s also a good month to learn more about making pretzels. There are a number of 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 a 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.