Learn about the infamous pretzel!
Who created the pretzel?
Why the crossed shape?
How is the pretzel made?
Evolution of the Pretzel (Auntie Anne)
1510-Invaders from Turkey began to attack Vienna, Austria. They dug tunnels and the 'pretzel bakers' heard the attack and soon began to sound alarms to fight off the attackers.
Mid-1500-The pretzel got a meaning; 3 holes stood for the Christian trinity of "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
1600s-Hard pretzels were accidentally made by a baker falling asleep and leaving the dough in the furnace for "too long."
1620-The pretzels began to make their way to America on the Mayflower. Rumor has it, Pilgrims had traded pretzels with Native Americans, in return for different things.
1800s-Some immigrants from the European area came to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and brought a pretzel recipe.
1861-In Lititz, the very first hard pretzel factory (American) opened. The makers would roll, bake, and salt pretzels by hand.
1988-Auntie Anne pretzels was organized by Anne Beiler when she bought a farmer's market in Downingtown, Pennslyvania.
1999-Auntie Anne created a kit where you can make pretzels at home.
TODAY-Auntie Anne has rolled over 1.8 billion pretzels in the past 26 years.