Pretzels were not invented in Germany! The first pretzel came out of Southern France when monks made them as a reward for children who properly learned their prayers, somewhere around 610 AD. Now the Germans did find they went really well with beer so they became popular in Germany soon there after. Pretzels were first made in the US in 1850 by Julius Sturgis in Lithz, Pennsylvania. Salt was probably not added to the original pretzels which accordingly to resemble children’s hands folded in prayer.
How to celebrate – Learn how to make your own pretzels. Enjoy eating some pretzels. Visit Germany.