Pretzels are one of America’s favorite snacks. It’s also one of the most versatile. While there are many different types of pretzels out there, the most common delineation is that between soft pretzels and hard pretzels. What, exactly, is the difference between the two? And where did hard pretzel come from, anyway? Read on to learn more.
Hard pretzels were first invented by Julius Sturgis, the owner of the first commercial bakery dedicated to pretzels. In the beginning, he made soft pretzels like most other bakeries. However, wanting to extend the shelf-life of his pretzels, he decided to reduce the amount of water used in the recipe. By doing so, he created the first hard pretzel. The lack of water created pretzels that were drier and more brittle, meaning they wouldn’t go stale as quickly.
Soft pretzels have a shorter baking time
Another way hard pretzels and soft pretzels differ is that soft pretzels have a much shorter baking time. Soft pretzels can usually be baked in 15 minutes; hard pretzels, meanwhile, must be baked for up to an hour. The longer baking time further dries out the pretzel. And, as we have discussed, the lack of moisture is what gives the hard pretzel its brittle texture.
Which is best for you?
Hard pretzels and soft pretzels are both excellent snacks. Which one you choose is up to your own taste preferences! Hard pretzels are good as quick snack that won’t go bad for a long time to come. Soft pretzels, meanwhile, are warm and filling, providing you the best comfort during any time of the year.
At Uncle Henry’s Pretzel Bakery, we have pretzels both soft and hard. Look through our online shop today to see our pretzel varieties!