Pretzels - crunchy snacks enjoyed for over 1390 years. Their history starts in Europe where a monk using leftover bread dough baked them as treats.
Invented by monks, pretzels carry deep, religious meanings. The folded strips of dough resemble the folded arms of someone who is praying in the usual manner in those days, while the three holes represent the Christian Holy Trinity.
In medieval times, pretzels were given to children as rewards for learning their prayers. Today, they have lost the religious meanings, but pretzels are still among the world's most popular snacks.