Tradition of the Pretzel
Pretzels had their beginning in the 6th century at an Italian monastery. A young monk was preparing unleavened bread for Lent and creatively twisted scraps of bread dough to resemble arms folded in prayer. He named his creation "pretiola," a Latin word meaning "little reward," and gave it as a treat to children who recited their prayers. The pretzel is often served during Lent to remind Christians of their faith.