How many of you know the history behind the pretzel? This is the earliest history, and one I remember learning about growing up. I have borrowed it from HERE
As early as 610AD at a monastery somewhere in Southern France or Northern Italy, where monks used scraps of dough and formed them into strips to represent a child's arms folded in prayer. The three empty holes represented the Christian Trinity.
The monks offered the warm, doughy bribe to children who had memorized their Bible verses and prayers. The monks called it a Pretiola, Latin for little reward. From there, the pretzel transformed into the Italian word, Brachiola, which means little arms.
The Pretiola journeyed beyond the French and Italian wine regions, hiked the Alps, wandered through Austria, and crossed into Germany, where it became known as the Bretzel or Pretzel.
Paige was a wonderful little helper in making the pretzels and we can’t wait to enjoy some for lunch with some leftover nacho sauce I have.
I bet the next time you eat a pretzel they’ll have a whole new meaning!