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National Pretzel Day!

TODAY we celebrate one of my favorite snacks ever made being a carboholic, it’s National Pretzel Day.

A pretzel is a type of baked bread product that is typically twisted into a distinctive knot-like shape. They are usually made from a simple mixture of flour, water, salt, and yeast, and are often sprinkled with coarse salt before baking.

Pretzels are a popular snack food, especially in Europe and North America. They are often served with mustard or other dips and can be soft or crispy. In some cultures, pretzels have a symbolic meaning, such as being associated with good luck or religious practices.

Pretzels are also known for their unique history and symbolism. The pretzel knot shape is said to have originated in Germany in the Middle Ages, where it was used as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Today, pretzels can be found in many different cultures and are enjoyed by people of all ages.

To make pretzels, the dough is prepared from flour, water, salt, and yeast. The dough is then shaped into the classic pretzel knot, boiled in water with baking soda, and baked in the oven until golden brown. The result is a warm, soft, and slightly salty treat that can be enjoyed with any toppings.

Fun fact: The pretzel shape is said to have originated from a shape used to represent children’s arms folded in prayer.

So, today, whether you prefer your pretzels soft or crispy, with butter, cinnamon, or salt, or dip in with mustard or cheese, there’s no denying that they are a delicious and satisfying snack. So the next time you’re looking for something to munch on, consider reaching for a pretzel and enjoying its unique taste and history.