Just the aroma of chicken soup simmering on the stove or chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven can bring back memories of grandma, family get-togethers, crazy college nights, and so much more! It’s amazing how strong the connection between food and memories are.
As noted in John S. Allen’s The Omnivorous Mind, “We all have our food memories, some good and some bad. The taste, smell, and texture of food can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back memories not just of eating food itself but also of place and setting. Food is an effective trigger of deeper memories of feelings and emotions, internal states of the mind and body.”
So, it’s no wonder that every time we pop an OMG! Garlic Pretzel – our flagship flavor – into our mouths, we are immediately transformed to growing up, watching mom prepping for guests, and knowing we were going to be treated to some ridiculously delicious snacks. We love that our family’s food-related nostalgia is now helping others create memories centered around our gourmet pretzels.
And, pretzels have a history all on their own. As the story goes, they’ve been around since 610 A.D. Through the years, pretzels have played an important role in world culture and history. Did you know:
- In 1510 pretzel baking monks were credited with stopping a siege in Austria led by the Ottoman Turks.
- In 17th Century Switzerland, royal couples used a pretzel in their wedding ceremonies to seal the bond of matrimony. Many attribute the phrase “tying the knot” to this custom.
- Around the same time in Germany, children celebrated the New Year with pretzel necklaces, which symbolized good luck and prosperity in the year to come.
These yummy snacks have had quite the versatile run – being made in various shapes, sizes, and textures. We are partial to hard sourdough pretzels because they are more shelf stable and are easier to flavor. But there are times when there’s nothing better than a warm, soft pretzel with a little mustard!
Next time you’re looking for gourmet pretzels, look no further than your pantry for a bag of your favorite flavor of OMG! Pretzels. One of our eight innovative flavors – Garlic, Sweet & Salty, Chesapeake Spice, Cheddar Jalapeno, Sweet & Spicy, Lemon Pepper, Salty Butterscotch, and Sweet Chili – is sure to satisfy any snack craving!