If beer is the soul of Oktoberfest then pretzel is the heart of the festival. You can’t have Oktoberfest without Pretzels. The Bavarian pretzel has humble and prayerful origins. Italian monks made the first pretzels from leftover bread-dough scraps and the twisted knot of the traditional pretzel shape is meant to symbolize the arms folded in prayer.
Bretzen (pretzels) are the most popular salty snack food at the annual Munich Oktoberfest where Brotfrauen (bread ladies) carry super-sized pretzels in huge baskets from table to table.
These salty snacks accompany to the ubiquitous beer and popular cheese spread called Obatzder. The Bavarian pretzels are made under the strict guidelines of German Purity Law, using only natural ingredients, and contain no preservatives, flavorings or color additives. Under this law, pretzels are briefly dipped into a liquid made from baking soda or other alkaline food-grade substances which gives the outside crunchy texture. The golden, soft and little chewy pretzels are pretty amazing as they are gluten-free.
Pretzels made of pliable and smooth dough, while seemingly intimidating with their twisting and their multiple steps, are actually super easy bread.
The pretzel is the theme for a number of festivals in Germany. Here are some facts about Pretzels:
- There is a great importance of pretzels in the Oktoberfest.
- Because of its religious roots, the pretzel has long been considered a good luck symbol.
- German children wear pretzels around their necks on New Year’s Day.
- In wedding ceremonies, newlyweds make a wish and break a pretzel.
- On May 1st, love-struck boys paint a pretzel on the doors of their loved ones
Pair your pretzel with a beer, whether it is blond, dark, light or bold, all beers at Munich Oktoberfest are wholesome and delicious.Make your Oktoberfest experience more exciting with the pleasant cracker-like flavor, a crisp, brittle texture and a brown glossy surface color of pretzels.