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National Pretzel Day freebies and deals for 2024

Don’t get it twisted; the best way to celebrate National Pretzel Day is to enjoy lots of salty savings at many popular shops around the country. 

Whether you’re a fan of Auntie Anne's or go weak over Wetzel’s Pretzels, you can enjoy the popular snack without spending lots of dough on April 26. 

Photo: Wetzel's Pretzels

With so many flavors, sizes and types, pretzels are definitely one of the most popular snacks of all-time. Even more enjoyable, when you can bite into one for FREE or at a discount on National Pretzel Day. 

Here are some fun facts about pretzels to whet your appetite:

The origins of the name “pretzel” are lost in history, but monks were likely involved. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, pretzel comes from the German brezel, which came from the Latin bracellus or brachiatellus, meaning “little arms” because the twist of the pretzel is reminiscent of arms folded in prayer.

Other scholars say the first pretzels were called pretiolas (little rewards) and given by the monks to students who did a good job reciting prayers. 

The earliest pretzels were all soft. The hard, crunchy kind were likely invented in the 19th century in Pennsylvania.

How much do Americans love pretzels? Consumers munch on approximately 1.5 pounds of pretzels each annually.

What part of the country enjoys the salty snacks the most is up for debate. However, Philadelphia is the center of American pretzel production — both in hard and soft varieties.

Now that you’re well versed in pretzel lore, take a look at the National Pretzel Day deals available on Friday, April 26, 2024.

National Pretzel Day Deals - hand holding up a soft pretzel against an urban setting

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Auntie Anne's

Spend time with your favorite “aunt” on National Pretzel Day! Auntie Anne’s is giving Auntie Anne’s Rewards members a FREE Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel on Friday, April 26, 2024

Auntie Anne’s Rewards members will see an in-app coupon for a free Original (regularly $3.66) or Cinnamon Sugar (normally $3.89) pretzel in store. No purchase required. Sign up for the rewards program now to ensure that you’ll get the coupon sent to your account.

Every single pretzel at the shop is freshly baked and made from five simple, fresh ingredients. 

Located within shopping malls, the chain has nearly 1,200 locations in 49 states. 

Wetzel’s Pretzels

In honor of National Pretzel Day, Wetzel’s Pretzels is celebrating its annual “National Wetzel Day” by offering a FREE Original Pretzel to every customer on April 26, 2024 at participating locations — in-shop only.

No purchase necessary — just ask for the complimentary treat. Limit one per person.

Stop by one of the shop’s more than 340 locations nationwide for the salty treat from 3 p.m. to close. Most locations are located within shopping malls. The offer excludes all theme parks, airports, arena, food trucks and delivery. 

The chain’s Original Pretzel is hand-rolled, baked fresh and lightly buttered & salted. (It’s also available without butter and/or salt.) The shop bakes all of its pretzels fresh from scratch throughout the day, so customers are always biting into a warm, tasty treat. 

The snack shop has more than 340 locations, mostly within shopping malls.

NOTE: The offer excludes all theme parks, airports, arena, food trucks and delivery.

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