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THE EVOLUTION OF THE PRETZEL

The pretzel was first created in 610 A.D. and is still being savored today. This snack stuck around for good reason.

Today

Auntie Anne’s bakers have rolled more than 1.8 billion pretzels over the past 26 years. More than 1,500 Auntie Anne’s locations can be found in 48 states and 30 countries.

1999

Auntie Anne’s introduces the At-Home Baking Kit. Now, the fun of twisting pretzels and the fresh-baked aroma could be enjoyed in one’s very own kitchen.

1988

Anne Beiler bought a farmers market stand in Downingtown, Pa., and the Auntie Anne’s pretzel was born.

1861

The first American hard-pretzel factory was opened in Lititz. The artisans of the day rolled, baked and salted pretzels by hand.

1800s

Immigrants from around Europe came to Lancaster County, Pa., and brought their pretzel recipes with them.

1620

Pretzels just might have made their way to America on the Mayflower. It is said that the Pilgrims traded pretzels with the Native Americans for various things.

1600s

Hard pretzels were discovered when a baker’s apprentice fell asleep by the furnace and let the treats bake “too long.”

Mid-1500s

The three-hole pretzel shape represents the Christian trinity of “Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” and pretzels are thought to bring spiritual wholeness.

The phrase “tying the knot” has its origins in when a pretzel was used to tie the knot between two prominent families. The pretzel’s loops stood for everlasting love.

1510

Turkish invaders sought to attack the city of Vienna, Austria, by digging tunnels. Pretzel bakers heard the commotion, sounded the alarm and helped fight off the attack.

610 A.D.

Pretzels were born when an Italian monk rewarded his students with twisted dough resembling arms folded to pray. He called them “little rewards.”

A good idea like this one didn’t take long to catch on – “pretiolas” spread throughout Europe and were considered a symbol of good luck, long life and prosperity.