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Posted 5/08/12 (Tue)
The pretzel may be the oldest manmade snack food in the world, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t evolved.
Traditional looped pretzels are said to have been invented by Italian monks in 610 AD as “little rewards” for children who learned their prayers. Another source also credits a monastery, but this time in France, while others say the pretzel has its roots in Germany where they were the invention of desperate bakers.
It was the latter who brought the pretzel to North America as the German immigrants introduced the handmade snack in the 19th century, however, and the pretzel has been an American treat ever since.
But again, that doesn’t mean that the salty goodie hasn’t changed over the years, and one of the tastiest reincarnations of the crunchy pretzel can be found right in Velva.