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Twisted Ropes of Dough

by Michael Polzella

Sea salt, nacho cheese, cinnamon or mustard? These are the trying decisions to be made on National Pretzel Day, April 26. Many agree pretzels were created by a monk to reward his students. In the U.S., we can thank the Pennsylvania Dutch for introducing this tasty snack treat to the masses. Hard pretzels originated in the U.S. in 1850.

Today, pretzels are regular party and sporting event staples. U.S. citizens consume about two pounds of pretzels annually. You can add to the more than 3.6 million pounds of pretzels made each year by baking your own.

– Jane Dvorak, SLJ 100 Communications

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