National pretzel day
April 26th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Are these pretzels makin' you thirsty? April 26 is National Pretzel Day!

Whether you're a serial hard pretzel snacker or a Pretzelphyte that noshes on soft pretzels for dinner, this knot-shaped dough with salt on top more than deserves its own day. Which is why it's lucky that in addition to today, April is also National Soft Pretzel Month.

Pretzels came to the U.S. with German immigrants during the 19th century. These folks became known as the Pennsylvania Dutch, and handmade pretzel bakeries began popping up all over the state.

During the 20th century, big cities like New York, Philadelphia and Chicago embraced the soft pretzel. Mass production allowed them to produce and distribute tons of the snack to schools and grocery stores, as well as theaters, stadiums, arenas and of course, street vendors.

Today, Pennsylvania still produces over 80 percent of the nation's pretzels. In 2003, Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell decreed April 26 to be National Pretzel Day, and in accordance, Philly Pretzel Factory offers a free pretzel to each customer on this day every year. Be sure to check your local pretzel vendor today for a possible treat, or you can make your own!

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  1. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Soft pretzels + nacho cheese sauce = mouthgasm.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  2. Twisted Sister

    We have a day named for us? Rock and Roll,Baby!!

    April 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  3. Spidey-Man

    You couldn't have given up a little more warning? Like maybe last week?

    April 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
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