In a Twist!

pretzel

Don’t you just love all the crazy food holidays?  Almost every day of the year has a food designation assigned to it and today, April 26 is no exception!  As you’ve probably already guessed from the image at left, today is National Pretzel Day!  It’s time to celebrate this chewy, salty snack!

The history of the pretzel is pretty interesting.  The exact origin isn’t known, but we do know that they were made in monasteries in the Bavarian region of Europe as early as 600 AD.  The twisted dough was meant to represent a child’s arms folded in prayer.  The three empty holes represented the Christian Trinity.  You can learn more at

http://www.kitchenproject.com/history/Pretzel.htm

Making pretzels is a great food lab activity.   Pretzels can be made from either a quick bread or yeast bread dough.  My personal preference and the traditional version is made with yeast, but the quick bread method may suit your classroom setting better.  Here’s a recipe for each type.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buttery-soft-pretzels/ (yeast recipe)

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Cheesy-Soft-Pretzels (quick bread recipe)

Today’s addition to the FACS Soundtrack is Pretzel Man by Harry Chapin.  You probably won’t recognize this one, but it’s completely appropriate for a pretzel-making activity.  You might also use The Twist by Chubby Checker.  Smile

This proves that there’s a song for almost every topic, doesn’t it?

He’s the little pretzel man, he’s got his twisted pretzel hands
He’s got his a pretzel wife, that he’s loved all his pretzel life
And he’s got himself a pretzel girl, that they both brought into their world
And watch them all twist pretzels by hand, by hand
And if only we all lived in Pretzel Land

Six days a week, when he wakes up
She will fill his coffee cup
Six days a week he is a working man
He wheels his wagon to the park
He sells pretzels ’till it’s dark
But that’s the only life that he understands
He’s his own man

He’s the little pretzel man, he’s got his twisted pretzel hands
He’s got that pretzel wife, that he’s loved all his pretzel life
And he’s got himself a pretzel girl, that they both brought into their world
But watch them all twist pretzels by hand, by hand
And if only we all lived in Pretzel Land

On Sunday, when they go to church
In the seventh pew they perch
They listen to his sermon and they believe
They’re grateful for the food they ate
So they put their money in a plate
They’ve heard of hungry children and they grieve (they believe)

So we watch them all twist pretzels by hand, by hand
And if only we all lived in Pretzel Land
If only we could all be like that man
If only we all lived in Pretzel , only we all lived in Pretzel, only we all lived in Pretzel …Land

Happy Pretzel Day!

Ramona

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