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Sturgis Pretzels - "Twist Party" - Shillington, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Janila
N 40° 18.303 W 075° 58.981
18T E 416463 N 4462079
Quick Description: Zippy is standing by a large pretzel in Pennsylvania.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/10/2018 2:20:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMYY8B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 6

Long Description:

Although Tom Sturgis Pretzels are usually associated with the town of Lititz, the bakery and pretzel store have been in Shillington, PA, since 1970. This giant pretzel stands in front of the Shillington Sturgis bakery.

From the Tom Sturgis website:

The tasty baked snack food that we know as the pretzel had its origin in southern Europe about 610 AD. The first pretzels were soft pretzels. These dough treats were given to the children as rewards for learning their prayers. The familiar shape of a twisted pretzel represents arms crossed over the chest in prayer. Pretiola (as they were called back then) means "little rewards" in Latin.

Eventually soft pretzels came to America via Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The first American commercial pretzel bakery was founded by Julius Sturgis in Lititz, PA in 1861. At that time, the crispy (hard) pretzel was developed by Julius.

Julius Sturgis died in 1897, but his descendants continued the pretzel baking tradition. In 1946 Marriott D. "Tom" Sturgis, grandson of Julius, founded the Tom Sturgis Pretzel Company after spending years learning pretzel baking from family members. In time Marriott’s son, Tom joined the company and now Tom’s son, Bruce has taken a place at Tom Sturgis Pretzels. Five generations of pretzel baking has made the Sturgis family the "First Family of Pretzels."

Pretzels were originally made by hand from start to finish. As technology progressed, parts of the procedure were mechanized. Through all these changes (from hand twisting at a top speed of 40 pretzels per minute to extrusion of thousands of pretzels per minute) pretzels remain a favorite, healthy snack food for young and old.

Although pretzel machinery has changed a great deal over the years, Tom Sturgis Pretzels still bakes some of our pretzels on a soapstone hearth surface which produces the highest quality pretzels available.

Date the strip ran: 10/25/2005

Strip Name: Twist Party

Location of item featured in the strip: all three frames

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