National Pretzel Day

National Pretzel Day is observed next on Friday, April 26th, 2024 (59 days from today).

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National Pretzel Day honors one of America’s favorite snacks.

If you love pretzel cakes, then National Pretzel Day on April 26th is the day for you. Pretzels, somewhat surprisingly, started with the Catholic Church. Around the 7th century AD, monks gave their students pieces of baking dough that were twisted into a cross-legged shape. At that time, crossed arms were the traditional posture for prayer. Not only mixed with water, flour and salt, but cookies, also are perfect when meat, dairy and eggs are banned. So you've got some National Pretzel Day history with a twist!

History of National Pretzel Day

There are a number of different documents about the origin of biscuits. Most people agree that it has a Christian background, and that they were developed by monks. According to the History of Science and Technology, in A.D. 610, an Italian monk invented biscuits as a reward for children learning how to pray.

Another source places this invention in a monastery in the south of France. The pretzels also have tight relationship with the Greek Ring-shaped bread used in monasteries a thousand years ago. In the Catholic Church, biscuits have a religious significance in both composition and shape. Some rings of cookies may use for a practical purpose. For example: bakers could hang them, then project upwards and show in the painting by Job Berckheyde (1681).

Dutch immigrants in Pennsylvania introduced biscuits to North America in the 19th century. At this time, many artisanal cookie shops were concentrated in central Pennsylvania, and their popularity quickly spread. In the 20th century, soft biscuits became very popular in areas like Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York.

National Pretzel Day began in 2003 when Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell proclaimed April 26th in recognition of the importance of pretzels to the history and economy of the state.

Why National Pretzel Day be loved

  • One word: Carbs

There's something pleasing about the carb-y interior, the beautiful outside, the crunchy salt on top. Pretzels bring together many taste sensations making it a very enjoyable snack any time of day.

  • Two words: Sauce

Pretzels are just fun to eat. It is hard or soft, and their own. However, they will change to the next level if you pair them with something such as peanut butter, cheese sauce, mustard, and chocolate.

  • They are also cheap

Most cookies, wherever you are, won't cost more than $5. Whether you're at the park, the office or the mall - this handy snack can keep you going all day.

How to celebrate National Pretzel Day

  • Go to Bavaria

Do you need an excuse to go to the nearest 'biergarten'? You have one now. What better way to introduce crackers than with some mustard, beer, and friends?

  • Pretzel crawl

There are plenty of restaurants and bars in your area that are showing off their power. Why not make a night of it and test the local options?

  • DIY (P)

Watch one of the many YouTube videos and make your own cookies. You will feel very happy when seeing your Pretzel.


National Pretzel Day has been observed annually on April 26th.


Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

Wednesday, April 26th, 2023

Friday, April 26th, 2024

Saturday, April 26th, 2025

Sunday, April 26th, 2026

Founded by

Robert Smith Walker in 1983

Also on Friday, April 26th, 2024

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