National Pretzel Day

National Pretzel Day - Saturday, April 26, 2025

Food & Beverage Baking Food

Pretzels, somewhat surprisingly, got their start in the Catholic Church. Sometime around the 7th Century A.D., monks presented their students with treats of baked dough twisted in the shape of crossed arms. At the time, crossing one’s arms was the traditional posture for prayer. Not only that, but pretzels, made from water, flour and salt, were also the perfect food for Lent — when meat, dairy and eggs were prohibited. So there you have some National Pretzel Day history — with a twist!

Note: Pretzel impresarios Wetzel’s, Auntie Anne’s, and Philly Pretzel Factory are among those with special giveaways on April 26.

National Pretzel Day Activities

  1. Go Bavarian

    Did you need an excuse to head to your nearest 'biergarten'? You have one now. What better way to showcase pretzels, than with some good mustard, beer, and friends?

  2. Pretzel crawl

    Chances are, there are many restaurants and bars in your area showing off their pretzel prowess. Why not make a night of it and test out the local options?

  3. DIY(P)

    Here's a somewhat sweet take on making pretzels yourself.

Why We Love National Pretzel Day

  1. One word: Carbs

    There's something oh-so satisfying about the carb-y insides, the toothsome exterior crust, the crunchy salt on top. Pretzels bring together a bunch of taste sensations that make it a very enjoyable snack—anytime of day.

  2. Two words: Dipping sauce

    Pretzels are just fun to eat. Hard or soft, and on their own. But they really go to the next level when you pair them with things like peanut butter, cheese sauce, mustard, and chocolate.

  3. They're cheap, too

    Most pretzels, wherever you are, don't cost more than $5. Whether you're at the park, office, or mall — this handy snack can power you through the day.

Also on Sat Apr 26, 2025...

Alien Day
Apr 26
Pretzel Day
Apr 26