Pretzel City is more than just a group of products. It is also representative of our areas pride and craftsmanship . We will be selling products representative of our area, crafted in our area and historically true to our area.
Reading Pa, Established in 1784, was known as the Pretzel Capital of the World. By 1948 its pretzel bakeries were producing one-third of all pretzels baked in the United States. The earliest bakery to open in Reading, was on Apple Street in the 1860’s, owned by Benjamin Lichtenhaler who was born in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Julius Sturgis, also from Lititz, is credited with opening the first commercial pretzel company in the United States in 1861 in Lititz; later moving the enterprise to Berks County in 1924. His plant produced the first hard pretzels. The original recipe belonged to the Moravians. Other pretzel companies followed as the demand for pretzels increased. The Reading Pretzel Machinery Company was founded in 1935, who produced machinery to automate pretzel production–since up to that point pretzel makers did everything by hand!