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Fun Facts: Pretzel

  1. 80 percent of pretzels consumed in the USA are made in Pennsylvania, where hard pretzels originated.
  2. The average U.S. citizen consumes up to two pounds of pretzels per year
  3. The largest pretzel ever made was 5 feet across and weighed 40 pounds.
  4. The phrase "tying the knot" came from the Swiss, who incorporate a 'lucky pretzel' in wedding ceremonies. Newlyweds traditionally make a wish and break a pretzel, the same way people in other cultures break a wishbone or a glass.
  5. The exact year pretzels were created is not know for certain, but many sources suggest that they were probably invented by Christian monks sometime around 610 A.D.
  6. Pretzels were made by hand until 1935 when the first automated pretzel machine was introduced