Did you know that European monks created the pretzel in 610 A.D.? Well, it’s true and centuries later, German immigrants introduced this twisted treat to America when they opened the first commercial pretzel bakery in Pennsylvania in 1861. Today more than 550 million dollars worth of pretzels are sold in the United States every year. Some of these are the soft variety. Whether you like butter, cinnamon sugar, garlic, or another flavor, there are two great places that offer soft pretzels near Main Street Village Apartments:
Ben’s Soft Pretzel’s
In 2008, Ben’s Soft Pretzels was founded by three men, including a local Amish baker named Ben. He and his wife, both third generation bakers, spent years perfecting the Amish/Dutch dough recipe that’s used to create the company’s delicious pretzels. The first location opened in Elkhart’s Concord Mall and today there are seventy-one locations across the country. One of the most popular menu items is the Legendary Jumbo Pretzel that can be enjoyed with dipping sauces such as nacho cheese, caramel, and Amish sweet mustard sauce.
Auntie Anne’s got its start when Anne and Jonas Beiler set up a stand at a farmers market in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The pretzels became so popular that the couple decided to open their first store in Middletown, Pennsylvania in 1989. There are now more than one thousand locations around the world that make freshly baked pretzels that are handed right to the customers. In addition to the well-known original flavor, the menu also offers Sweet Almond, Roasted Garlic & Parmesan, and Raisin, just to name a few.
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