Making Pretzels

Back to last fall …

So while we were in Lititz we went to the Sturgis Pretzel Bakery.

This bakery was started back in 1850 by a guy named Julius. In fact in 1861, Julius started the first commercial pretzel bakery in the US. Since that time, the Sturgis family has continued to make pretzels.

The bakery is in on one of the original Lititz buildings (1784). The house was actually built from stones dug from the street and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. (You aren’t really seeing Sturgis pretzels being made – that happens somewhere else.)

I won’t say this is the most exciting place I’ve ever visited. We did make pretzels and the tour guide was very informative and friendly (though if I were running the tours, I would make the tour guides wear something other than jeans and a t-shirt – you know, get into the spirit of old Lititz.)

The other disappointing aspect is you can’t keep your pretzel or bake it and eat it. This is not the fault of the pretzel people, but has something to do with the health department. But you did get a certificate saying you were an expert pretzel maker.

Of course, there is a gift shop with many pretzel-themed options … including several different kids of pretzels.

KID FACTOR: This place has got it and I imagine a lot of school classes come for the you-can’t-really-eat-the-pretzel making.

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