National Pretzel Day

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(KTVI) – It's the Hallmark holiday that may have slipped your mind - April 26th is National Pretzel Day!

Josh Allen from Companion baking shared more pretzel facts than you can shake a pretzel stick at.

Here is some of the fascinating history of the pretzel for national pretzel day-maybe you can use.

History of the Pretzel

*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.

*The pretzel gave birth to the Easter Egg Hunt. German children would look for hidden pretzels throughout their parents` farms. Hiding places such as the straw lofts and barns eventually introduced the tradition of egg hunts.

*The pretzel even showed up at Royal weddings. It's speculated that the term 'Tying the Knot' originated in Switzerland in 1614 when Royal couples wished for happiness with a pretzel forming the nuptial knot - much like we use a wishbone today.

*Bon Voyage! The well-traveled pretzel made its culinary delight known throughout Europe and in 1620 rumor has it that it made its international debut when it landed with the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock on the Mayflower.

*And where there are Pilgrims, there are Indians!!! Pretzels made great wampum.  In 1652 an Albany, New York man and his wife offered these treats to the Indians. 

Bavarian Pretzel “Cheez Whiz”

¼ cup Butter
¼ cup Flour
2 cups Whole Milk
2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
2 tbl Smoked Tabasco
¼ tsp salt

Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook 2-4 minutes stirring constantly. Slowly add milk and continue stirring. When mixture just begins to boil and thicken, immediately remove from heat. Stir in shredded cheese, smoked Tabasco and salt. Check seasoning. Along mixture to cool. Aerate with mixer and serve with warm Companion Bavarian Pretzels.