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Why we LOVE and Respect Fresh, Soft Pretzels!

Legend has it…

     In 610 AD. Italian monks created folded strips of baked dough resembling crossed arms in worship. As a treat, these Pretiola or “little rewards” were given to children who properly recited their prayers.

     The three holes in the middle of a pretzel have been interpreted as representing the Holy Trinity. The interlocking knot design has also been interpreted as a symbol of everlasting LOVE. Hey, they don’t call it “tying the knot” for nothing.

Pretzels come to America...

     During the early 1700’s, German and Dutch immigrants brought the pretzel to the New World where it gained popularity in New York and Pennsylvania. In 1861, Julius Sturgis became the first owner of a commercial pretzel bakery in America.

     In the early 1950’s Joseph and Ray Ruffino were the first to introduce New York City (NYC) Soft Pretzels on Long Island.                     Through the years, their sons Ron and Ray carried on the tradition. As a five-year-old Ray’s father gave him a basket of pretzels and jelly apples to sell in front of his house and he sold them all. Pretzels have been Ray Ruffino’s passion ever since…

and that’s Knot of this World.

     We look forward to sharing with YOU the very BEST Soft Pretzels and Snack Food Products on Long Island and most likely the entire East Coast!


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