Monthly Archives: July 2012

Individual Twists: A Go-To For Singles

We’ve had many people tell us that it’s hard to cook for one person! There are just too many leftovers. Things get pushed to the back of the freezer/fridge and are forgotten.

These individual pretzels were found at a Chicago Jewel-Osco.

Enter the Kim & Scott’s individual pretzel portions! These 6 oz pretzels are the perfect size for the single guy or gal who is looking for a quick meal on a budget!

Our pretzels are fully cooked, so just heat them up and serve! If you’ve defrosted your pretzel, you can eat it right away!

Pair them with a salad, dip them in hummus, or with a bowl of your favorite chili. They make a fast, easy meal!

Enjoy your individual twists!

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Pretzel Tales

You know how much we love pretzels at Kim & Scotts. We have shared dance moves, recipes, pop-culture trivia and fun facts all inspired by our favorite twists.

We recently wondered if fairy tales were inspired by the pretzels. We did indeed find some that were!  Here are our two of our favorite pretzel fairy tales:

What would your pretzel fairy tale be like?

Swing the Twist

Pretzels aren’t just for eating! They are for dancing too! The pretzel dance dates back to the 1920s!

Why not have a pretzel dance party! Serve your favorite Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels and then learn to do the pretzel twist!

A Twisted Heritage

In 610 A.D., an imaginative monk formed left over dough to represent children’s arms folded in prayer. It was called “Pretiola,” Latin for “little reward.” Over time, the word “Pretiola” evolved to become “Pretzel.” Today, people of all ages enjoy Kim & Scott’s unique handmade twists, made with the same magical spirit started back in 610 A.D.

Our obsession with pretzels, traditional and stuffed, as led us down a path of pretzel knowledge. Check out these twisted facts we’ve learned along the way:

  • The 12th century illustration Hortus deliciarum from Alsace may be the earliest depiction of a pretzel, shown at a banquet with Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus.
  • In the mid 1500’s, the pretzel became a traditional food consumed during Lent and on Good Friday, as Catholics were forbidden to eat eggs, dairy or lard.
  • A 1559 page from the prayer-book of Catherine of Cleves depicts St. Bartholomew surrounded by pretzels, which were thought to bring good fortune, prosperity and spiritual wholeness to those who ate them.
  • In the early 1800’s German children tied pretzels on a string around their necks at the beginning of a new year for prosperity, health and good fortune.
  • In the 17th century pretzels were known as a marriage knot. During the wedding ceremony, the couple getting married would wish upon a pretzel and break it just as we do the turkey wishbone, and then they ate it to signify their oneness. There are also accounts of the parents of the bride and groom twisting a pretzel knot as a symbol of the joining of the two families.
  • Two high schools in Illinois use the pretzel as their mascot: New Berlin and Freeport. Freeport also bills itself as Pretzel City USA and sponsors a yearly Pretzel City Festival featuring entertainment, races, pretzel recipe contests and Pretzel Prince and Princess Pageants.

Enjoy these twisted facts, brought to you by the largest Pretzelphytes of them all! Which is your favorite fact?

A K&S Twist on National Hamburger Day!

July 28th is National Hamburger Day! Did you know that Americans consume 14 billion hamburgers a year and buy 5 million of them?

Many restaurants now offer the option to have your favorite burger on a pretzel bun, but why not make your own hamburger at home and use a Kim & Scott’s traditional Bavarian pretzel instead of the bun?

Traditional Bavarian Classic Soft Pretzel

Just take your pretzel out of the freezer. Just like a hamburger bun, our pretzels are fully cooked and ready to eat! Salt or no salt! It’s your choice.

If you are making your burgers inside, slice your pretzel in half and toast in a skillet with some butter. If you already fired the grill up, grill your pretzel halves. Or don’t toast them at all!

Assemble your hamburgers with your favorite topping! How will you top your twisted hamburger?