April 26 marks National Pretzel Day, a day to pay homage to one of America’s favorite snacks – the pretzel. Whether you love them large and soft or small and crunchy, pretzels have been a beloved snack for centuries. But did you know that their twisted shape has religious origins? In fact, pretzels became popular during Lent when meat, dairy, and eggs were forbidden, making them a tasty snack option for the period.
Early pretzels were soft and squishy, much like the soft pretzels we know today. They were also known as “pretiolas” and were given out as little rewards by monks to their pupils for reciting prayers correctly.
Fast forward to today, and pretzels are still a favorite snack worldwide. Pennsylvania is even known as the pretzel-making capital of America. And in honor of National Pretzel Day, several chains are offering freebies and deals for customers:
Auntie Anne’s is offering a free Original or Cinnamon Sugar pretzel to Pretzel Perks members all day on April 26, with a limit of one per person.
Philly Pretzel Factory, with over 160 stores across several U.S. states, is giving away one free pretzel to anyone who visits their stores on April 26. No purchase necessary.
Wetzel’s Pretzels is offering a free original pretzel on April 26 between 3 p.m. and closing time at all its locations nationwide.
Celebrate National Pretzel Day in style by grabbing a free pretzel from one of these chains. Whether you’re a sweet or savory fan, there’s a pretzel out there for everyone. So, head to your nearest location, snag a free pretzel, and enjoy this delicious snack!