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The history of pretzels is almost as twisted and delicious as the salty treats. Some say the origins of pretzels are rooted in Christianity, others in paganism. So... how did they end up as street food and baseball game fare?

On today's episode, we're breaking down the history of the pretzel. From soft to hard, the twisted treats have a long and complicated journey to the street cart in Philadelphia.

Food History is a show all about... well, the history of food. Join host Justin Dodd as he brings you the stories of how your favorite meals ended up on your plate. Today, we're talking pretzels.

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