When I moved to Philadelphia I was surprised by the number of guys on the side of the roads selling pretzels. I never buy food from anyone who doesn't have a bathroom but forgetting that, the whole thing just took me a while to get used to. As a New Yorker, I was used to people selling hot dogs but not pretzels on street corners.
Now, my kids love pretzels. And I'm cool with that, mainly because I've recently discovered that pretzels have a long Catholic history. And they may have saved Christian Europe. Kinda.
According to the History Channel:
Though the exact origins of the pretzel remain mysterious, legend has it that the story began around A.D. 610, when Italian monks presented their...READ MORE