Get your free pretzels and doughy deals here! National Pretzel Day on April 26, 2021, is best observed by finding great deals on twisty, salty pretzels.
Whether you’re a fan of Auntie Anne or go weak over Wetzel’s, you can enjoy all the pretzels without busting your budget at the end of the month.
With so many flavors, sizes and types, pretzels are a popular snack for just about everyone. And, even more so, when you can bite into one for FREE or at a discount on the salty day.
Here are some fun facts about pretzels to whet your appetite:
The origins of the name “pretzel” are lost in history, but monks were likely involved. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, pretzel comes from the German brezel, which came from the Latin bracellus or brachiatellus, meaning “little arms” because the twist of the pretzel is reminiscent of arms folded in prayer. Other scholars say the first pretzels were called pretiolas (little rewards) and given by the monks to students who did a good job reciting prayers.
The earliest pretzels were all soft. The hard, crunchy kind were likely invented in the 19th century in Pennsylvania.
How much do Americans love pretzels? Consumers munch on approximately 1.5 pounds of pretzels each annually.
Who loves pretzels most in the U.S.? That’s up for debate, but Philadelphia is the center of American pretzel production — both in hard and soft varieties.
Now that you’re well versed in pretzel lore, take a look at the National Pretzel Day deals awaiting you on April 26.
National Pretzel Day Deals 2021
The National Pretzel Day offers are valid at participating locations, while supplies last.
Auntie Anne’s: Pretzel lovers can enjoy one FREE Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel at Auntie Anne’s on National Pretzel Day. Sign up through the chain’s Pretzel Perks app to receive and redeem the offer in-store — no purchase necessary.
The shop will also be hosting contests on Instagram from April 26 to 30. Five different winners will be selected daily to win FREE pretzels for a year just by commenting on the post.
Plus, from April 26 to 30, customers can enjoy $0 delivery fees on orders of $12 or more made through the Pretzel Perks app.
Ben’s Soft Pretzels: On April 26, make a donation of $1 or more to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and receive a FREE Jumbo Soft Pretzel at Ben’s Soft Pretzels. Limit one per customer.
The shop is home to Amish-inspired soft pretzels, hand-rolled and made fresh daily. Ben’s Soft Pretzels has more than 100 locations, largely in Indiana and Michigan.
Milwaukee Pretzel Company: Get 20% off an online order at the Milwaukee Pretzel Company on April 26, National Pretzel Day. Use the promo code PRETZELDAY2021 at checkout.
The shop’s Bavarian soft pretzels are handmade and freshly baked — perfect for traditional pretzel fanatics.
Philly Pretzel Factory: Pretzel fans can chew on one FREE pretzel at Philly Pretzel Factory on National Pretzel Day.
All of the chain’s pretzels are made with the highest-quality ingredients, hand-twisted and baked fresh daily. The shop has more than 170 locations.
Pretzelmaker: All customers can enjoy a FREE fresh-baked pretzel at Pretzelmaker — salted or unsalted.
Located mostly within shopping malls, the chain has hundreds of shops in 36 states.
Wendy’s: On April 26, celebrate the salty day with a buy-one-get-one for $1 Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger at Wendy’s. The offer is only available via the chain’s app. (The offer is valid through May 23.)
And, no matter the day, customers can always swap the classic bun for a Pretzel bun on any sandwich for a small additional charge.
Wetzel’s Pretzels: “Twisted” customers can take a break with a FREE Original Pretzel at Wetzel’s Pretzels on National Pretzel Day, April 26 — from 3 p.m. to closing.
The chain’s Original Pretzel is hand-rolled, baked fresh and lightly buttered and salted. It’s also available without butter.
The snack shop has more than 340 locations. Most locations are located within shopping malls. (The offer excludes all theme parks, airports, arena, food trucks and delivery.)
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