“The Tradition of the Pretzel. Pretzels began in the 6th century at an Italian monastery. A monk was preparing unleavened bread for Lent and twisted the scraps of bread dough to resemble arms in prayer. He named his creation Pretiola, a word meaning little reward, and gave it as a treat to the children who recited their prayers.” - interesting story
Soft Pretzels | Martha Stewart Living - An array of mustards -- ranging from spicy to sweet, smooth to grainy -- adds intrigue to these easy-to-make soft pretzels. Pretzel salt is available from Spice Barn.