What’s soft and salty and pairs perfectly with beer? You guessed it, pretzels. Hello, I am Erin P. Westbrook from Mississippi, and I am The Ranch’s Head of Company and Industry News I am here to talk about one of my favorite salty and doughy foods. I mean seriously, what’s not to love about these fermented round twists of goodness? If you love these breaded treats just as much as we do at The Ranch, I suggest you get to reading on the history of pretzels and why these braided delights are relevant to your game play...
The History of Pretzels in America
The pretzel has an interesting background, considering no one really knows where it came from. Some speculate its origins stem from Italy, others from Germany and although the history of the pretzel is uncertain, most food historians agree that it probably originated in Europe during the early Middle Ages.
Although this twisted food might not have officially come from Germany, the Germans have managed to take the credit as the food’s representatives, that is, until us Americans came along.
It is said that a 12th-century illustration entitled Hortus deliciarum, from what was then the southwest German region, today France, contains the earliest depiction of a pretzel. Interestingly enough, pretzels had ties to christianity and were regarded as having religious significance for both their ingredients and shape. Go figure, right? Who says indulgence isn’t divine? I ain’t larkin’ you when I say it is believed that the Catholic church used the knot shape as a representation of hands while in prayer and that the three holes found within the salty delight were meant to represent the Holy Trinity aka The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. This has been documented, heck, ya’ll can even find it on Wikipedia! As time passed, pretzels became a hallmark during Lent and Easter. In fact, pretzels used to be hidden on Easter morning, just like we do now, but with eggs.
Now, fast forward to a new nation full of immigrants with a dream, y’all know where I’m going with this. The history of pretzels takes on a new twist when an inventor manages to make them smaller, harder, and therefore able to last longer on the self. This new baked invention fit perfectly into the fast-paced American lifestyle and that is when European sellers decided to tote their bags of breaded goodness and head on over to fill the bellies of American dreamers. Luckily for them (and us), it stuck.
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Oktoberfest Reinvented into Augustfest
There are many classics in the food world, some things just go together like; peanut butter and jelly, lobster and butter, and of course, pretzels and beer. Now that we filled you in on the history of pretzels, it is only appropriate we talk about why this ties into The Ranch. Now, just to be crystal clear, I am not the only lover of fermented combinations, there are many people just like me at the Ranch and around the world. Heck, there’s even a movie entitled Beer and Pretzels
This combo is just as American as apple pie, it also happens to be a favorite among Germans. Germans love beer and pretzels so much they created a party around it, Oktoberfest, and so we decided to pay a tribute to the delicious pair in our own way, the American way, by creating Augustfest!
Augustfest is an all-month celebration dedicated to heaps of bread, booze, and moolah, in classic American style (burgers and dogs, anyone?). This tournie on Funky Chicken entitled All-American Pretzels starts today and ends August 15th. Entry is free and re-buys are only $4.99, but get this, 75 lucky winners get a prize pool of a whopping $5,000! If that’s not enough to get you out of your seat and into the American spirit, I don’t know what is!
So, now that you know the history of pretzels and how to play in an All-American Pretzels tournament, what do you say you grab a brewski, a hot dog, then log in and play today?! Show off your red, white, and blue stripes with major opportunities to win! It’s time to catch the winning spirit and show us what you got!
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