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The Story Behind tells the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Everyday objects are more closely examined, from their ancient beginnings through the present—all within 5-10 minutes.

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Jan 12, 2017

Whether you like them sweet or salty, dipped in frosting or mustard, or even if you prefer hard over soft, the snack food we talk about in this episode continues to be a favorite around the world. And, I don’t know about you, but I know it’s tough to pass the kiosk at the mall for these delicious treats without the scent of them tempting me to break every diet I’m ever on.

In this episode, we’ll talk about the religious meaning and origins of these snacks; the different incarnations of them spawned by accidents; and how they’ve become associated with luck, marriage and even helped thwart the attempts of invasion.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Pretzels.

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Sources:

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/06/the-history-of-pretzels/

http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/the-pretzel-a-twisted-history

http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-did-the-pretzel-get-its-shape

http://www.kitchenproject.com/history/Pretzel.htm

http://www.germanfoodguide.com/pretzel.cfm

http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/pretzel-facts.htm

 

http://articles.latimes.com/2002/jan/14/news/mn-22490