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Attention all twisted pretzel lovers: April 26th is National Pretzel Day.  Read on for the history of pretzels, some of my favorite pretzel related items, and some crazy pretzel stuff you may not know exists. After researching this, I seriously want to throw a pretzel party. 

The pretzel industry is worth more than 500 million dollars a year. The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels a year according to

That seems low compared to our household. I buy a new bag of pretzels every week!  

  • Pretzel History

    Hard pretzels were invented in 1850 in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania is still the main producers of hard pretzels today.  The internet says that Philadelphians consume 12 times the average amount of pretzels per year, but says that statistic doesn’t have factual basis. Maybe, but the almighty pretzel is definitely a Philadelphia staple. 

    The origin of soft pretzels is a little more… twisted. Conflicting stories of origin are abundant, but most believe that 12th century Germans first used soft pretzels as emblems of their guild. ( 

    Pretzels have also been associated with Christianity: the three holes representing The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  Before there were Easter Egg hunts, pretzels were hidden for children to find on Easter morning. 

    The exact origin of the original pretzel may not be known, but it doesn’t make them any less delicious.  Happy National Pretzel Day!  May you find that pretzel item too delicious to pass up! 

  • Eastern Standard Provisions "Movie Night" Gourmet Gift Box

    Eastern Standard Provision soft pretzels are a house FAVORITE. My sister sent us a gift box and we’ve been helping keep their doors open ever since. Side note: their Belgian waffles are also fantastic and they offer a wide array of options in their shipped boxes.

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  • Pretzel Lover Retro Vintage 80s Style Gift T-Shirt

    Subtly speak your love for the almighty pretzel with this retro vibe t-shirt. Available in men, women, and youth cuts, plus TEN different color options!

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  • Walter the Baker by Eric Carle

    This book was one of my kids favorites. It’s the story of Walter and how he accidentally invented pretzels.  I love the story and the illustrations. Eric Carle is an amazing children’s author. 

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  • The Pretzel Plate Chocolate Covered Pretzels Gift Box

    For the pretzel and chocolate lover: welcome to Nirvana. The Pretzel Plate has a ton of chocolate-covered pretzel options, but this one is my favorite.

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  • Rasta Imposta Pretzel Food Mask

    Why, yes, this does exist. Celebrate Pretzel Day with THIS show stopper. You are guaranteed to turn heads with your pretzel head.

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  • Live Every Day Like It's Pretzel Day Wooden Sign

    Carry Pretzel Day with you 365! This wooden block sign is approximately 5x5x1.18 inches. Cute decor piece for you or the pretzel lover in your life.  Keep a piece of Pretzel Day with you all year round!

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  • Pretzel Making Kit - Real Cooking Set for Kids

    Celebrate Pretzel Day with a pretzel-making party for the kids! Age 5-12: kits includes recipe and ingredients. 

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  • Inflatable Oktoberfest Pretzels - Set of 12

    Pretzel Party! How great would it be to show up packing a dozen inflatable pretzels? You can use these for Pretzel Day and Oktoberfest! Welcome to my cart, inflatable pretzels.

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  • Swono Hot Pretzels Tin Signs,Red Vintage Metal Tin Sign

    Put an everyday touch of pretzel in your kitchen decor with this retro metal sign. 12×8 inches makes it a great accent piece.

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  • Old World Christmas Pretzel Ballpark Foods Glass Blown Ornament

    Shut the front door! There is a pretzel ornament. I’m buying this. We already have ornaments that are a piece of bacon and a bag of Doritos. This pretzel will fit right in! I kinda want to get a small Christmas tree for the kitchen next year and decorate the tree in nothing but food ornaments. Ha! How cool would that be?

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  • SWIMLINE Inflatable Ring Pool Float

    A pretzel that doesn’t get soggy in water: you in… the pool? Grab a floating pretzel now and be ready for a tasty swim. 

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  • Pretzel Day T-Shirt

    “On Pretzel Day… I love Pretzel Day.”  Check out the Pretzel Day t-shirtIt’s perfect to wear to The Office, but if you get 18 toppings on your pretzel, you may want a bib too. Are you with me?

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