Pretzels are a great go-to snack for both kids and adults. This salty snack was first introduced in America when German residents started settling into Pennsylvania in 1710. The first commercial pretzel bakery was founded here by Julius Sturgis in 1861 and up until this time all pretzels were soft pretzels until he over baked a batch of pretzels by mistake. He found that the new hard pretzel lasted longer and could be shipped further. Pennsylvania still produces 80% of US made pretzels today with 63 manufactures of the snack and you can even tour the original Julius Sturgis’s bakery. What a great way to honor this long historical tradition by making your own homemade whole wheat soft pretzel bites with your kitchen helper.
Making pretzels with your kitchen helper is a fun after school or weekend activity. Making the dough is pretty quick and after resting it’s time to cut, boil and bake. I have made pretzels before with my little helper but we switched it up and made today’s recipe with whole wheat flour and also made them bite size. Enjoy during snack time or even for the weekend football game. Your family and friends will love the upgrade of offering a homemade version of this salty treat.