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National Pretzel Day is April 26th

A cropped image of pretzels in Champaign-Urbana for Oktoberfest 2022. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

National Pretzel Day is April 26th, and there are plenty of pretzels in Champaign-Urbana. Will you be observing National Pretzel Day? Let us know in the comments or via email. These delicious Bavarian pretzels were made by Martinelli’s Market for Oktoberfest 2022.

In honor of National Pretzel Day, here are some pretzels in Champaign-Urbana that we’ve recently reviewed.

Anya Uppal

Anya liked this warm basket of salty pretzel bites in her review of The Axe Bar. The Downtown Champaign axe-throwing bar serves this tasty app with a cup of beer cheese.

Four chocolate covered pretzels from Cool Bliss Popped Bliss in Champaign, Illinois are arranged in a 2x2 grid atop a hot pink piece of paper. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

At Cool Bliss Popped Bliss on Neil Street in Champaign, find more than just popcorn. I love the shop’s four-pack of chocolate-covered pretzels. The chocolate coating completely covers these pretzels — even the bottom — plus an extra drizzle.

A pretzel from Horsch Radish. Photo by Carl Busch.
Carl Busch

In Carl’s review of the German-inspired restaurant Horsch Radish, he enjoyed this scratch-made pretzel’s crunchy exterior and pillowy center. Topped with an extremely fine salt, Horsch Radish’s pretzel appetizer comes with compound herb butter and Riggs bier cheese.

Carolyn Cai

Seven Saints has a pretzel appetizer that Carolyn recommended in her list of good sharable foods. Served with jalapeño cheese sauce and spicy brown mustard, the pretzel app can be ordered as a half order with two pretzels or a full order of four.

If you count pretzel buns on National Pretzel Day, then go for my favorite pretzel bun: Art Mart’s ham and Gouda sammie or the other pretzel-bunned handhelds we like: Harvest Market restaurant’s balsamic portobello burger with grilled halloumi cheese, Hopscotch Bakery’s breakfast pretzel sando, and Whisk’s chicken bacon ranch pretzel sandwich. For a very relaxing pretzel bite, try cannabis-infused savory hard pretzels.

Lastly as part of your Pretzel Day festivities, check out this super satisfying viral video of a soft pretzel by C-U designer Barry Abrams, which got more than 2 million views on TikTok.

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