Eventually Pretzels were brought across the Atlantic and into Pennsylvania by German immigrants around 1710. The tradition continued to grow in America as it was easy to make during tough winters. Due to their short shelf life pretzels couldn’t be sold very far from the bakery until 1861, when a young man named Julius Sturgis founded the first commercial bakery in Lititz PA. Sturgis managed to create the “hard pretzel” which lasted longer in an air tight container allowing them to be sold throughout the country and for the first time American pretzels were able to leave Pennsylvania and spread throughout the country. Sturgis isn’t the only hard pretzel maker from Pennsylvania; Snyder’s is a brand from Hanover, PA that perfected commercial pretzel production in 1924 and continue to produce through today!
From monks in 600 A.D. to the vendors in our states markets the pretzel has had a twisted history. So, in honor of national pretzel month the next time you see a stand, indulge yourself and partake in one of our states greatest culinary staple. Viva la Pretzelvania!