National Pretzel Day happens once a year how are you going to celebrate?

Kalamazoo has two incredible places that make the famous and delicious soft pretzel!

The history of the Pretzel can not be completely traced, but there are some ideas. states that...

Though the exact origins of the pretzel remain mysterious, legend has it that the story began around A.D. 610, when Italian monks presented their young students with treats of baked dough twisted in the shape of crossed arms. At the time, crossing one’s arms was the traditional posture for prayer. As the custom spread through medieval Europe, the pretzel’s three holes came to represent the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and the twisty baked good became associated with good luck, long life and prosperity


The delicious salty (and sometimes sweet) doughy treat, is rumored to arrive in America on the Mayflower. Also, to make a pretzel by hand can take up to 40 minutes. Lucky we live in a time, that we don't have to 40 minutes to enjoy a warm pretzel.

If you are craving a pretzels, here are the two most popular places in Kalamazoo to Grab one!

Ben's Soft Pretzels

Ben's Soft Pretzels, that has several locations in Kalamazoo and got it's start in Elkhart In. There web-site boasts about how they decided to build a pretzel empire...

What if they built a business around the fresh-baked pretzel? What if their mission was to spread blessing and prosperity throughout the world one pretzel at a time?

Well, I am not sure how the world feels, but Southwest Michigan certainly loves them!

Barbie Villanueva reported on Goggle Review..,"Best pretzels ever. I've been to their shop in Indiana and these are exactly the same without the drive! ."

Nathan Nichols told Goggle Review..."Terrific food, served fast and with a smile. It's clear that Ben's Soft Pretzels, as a business, has a work ethic and a dedication to what they do."

Wetzel's Pretzels

The other grand pretzel place in Kalamazoo is Wetzel's Pretzels. You can find them at Crossroads Mall (level 1 near Macy's) and this is a diffident go to place when hanging out at the mall.

According to Wetzel's Pretzels located in Crossroads Mall claims...

It takes a twisted mind to bake a soft, chewy pretzel with ingredients like sun-dried tomato and pesto or ham and cheese. But then again, Wetzel’s is a company filled with unconventional thinkers. Which is why people all over the world go through their day craving crazy concoctions like Jalapeño Cheese Dogs, Frozen Wild Cherry Lemonade and Sinful Cinnamon Pretzels.

Enjoy National Pretzel Day and save me one!


Dave Benson Wating Kalamazoo at Chinn Chinn

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