Pretzels & Chips
While Lancaster County isn’t the original birthplace of either, we can certainly say that we have adopted the pretzel and the potato chip as our own. Today, Lancaster County is the potato chip and pretzel capital of America. Dating back to the early 1800′s, the PA Dutch styled pretzels have their own identity that is maintained by handtwisting at local bakeries and factories. Reflecting Lancaster County values of hard work and entrepreneurship, small locally owned and family operated potato chip factories have become enduring flagship enterprises. Numerous tours are available, providing a firsthand opportunity to see how these delicious snacks are made.
Hammond Pretzel Bakery, Inc.
716 S. West End Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
For a pretzel eating experience like no other, you will need to visit Hammond’s Pretzel Bakery, the oldest continuously family operated hand-made pretzel bakery in America. Using a family recipe that dates back to the 1800′s, Hammond’s combines the highest of quality ingredients that are mixed “just right” for hand-rolling their famous sourdough pretzels, prior to being baked in their old-fashioned oven, in use since 1946. Production is limited at Hammond’s to ensure highest standards of quality that have earned their status as “best hard pretzel” in Lancaster County for over 20 years!
Dutch Country Soft Pretzels
2758-1 Division Highway (Rt. 322)
New Holland, PA 17557
Located in the heart of Lancaster County, Dutch Country Soft Pretzels is a hidden gem that awaits discovery by those who appreciate authentic culture and enjoy delicious tastes. Join with the locals who routinely stop by this aromatic store for their weekly supply of mouthwatering fresh baked pretzels. Whet your appetite as you observe your pretzels being made, from the mixing and twisting to the baking and cooling. To the delight of many, Dutch Country specializes in gluten-free pretzels that have been created for those who enjoy a good soft pretzel but have special dietary needs.
Uncle Henry’s Pretzel Bakery
1550 Bowmansville Road
Mohnton, PA 17507
Located at an unassuming spot off-the-beaten-path, in the heart of PA Dutch country, Uncle Henry’s Pretzel Bakery is a hidden gem that awaits your happy discovery. The distinctive crunchiness and mouthwatering tastes of hand rolled and twisted pretzels are made from the finest sourdough ingredients, baked in a genuine hearth oven, and carefully dried for optimal freshness. Locally owned and family operated for the past 30 years, Uncle Henry’s is a place of captivating, old-fashioned authenticity that provides a personal and close-up look at the pretzel making process through scheduled in advance, on-location tours.
Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
219 East Main Street (Rte 772)
Lititz, PA 17543
Founded in 1861, Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America and is filled with captivating history. Visitors to this Lancaster County original are able to tour the original pretzel bakery where they will see the ovens built by Julius Sturgis and learn about the history of pretzel baking in America. Tour participants get a hands-on lesson in the art of pretzel twisting and can observe skilled bakers twisting old-fashioned soft pretzels by hand, just as was done 150 years ago. Browse through the Bakery’s retail store and shop for a variety of delicious treats and souvenirs.