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.
Zerbe’s Snack Stand
Green Dragon Market
955 N State Street Ephrata, PA 17522
Root’s Country Market
705 Graystone Road Manheim, PA 17545
Featuring their signature brand potato chips, Zerbe’s Snack Stand is Lancaster County’s destination for authentic savory snacks. Zerbe’s Homestyle potato chips, which have been kettle-fried in small batches since 1947, are available in 10 varieties. For the old-fashioned hard pretzel lover, Zerbe’s features hand rolled pretzels by Rocky Road Pretzel Bakery, Old Fashioned Hammond’s Hand Made Pretzels, Martins Hand Made Pretzels, and Uncle Henry’s Pretzel Bakery. In addition, this hidden gem also features chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels, mini animal crackers, Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn and much more.
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
115 West Maple Grove Road
Denver, PA 17517
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 still engages the old-fashioned pretzel making process.
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.
3537 Old Phila Pike
Intercourse, PA 17534
Located on Old Philadelphia Pike in the idyllic village of Intercourse, since 1998, Immergut Hand-Rolled Pretzels has lived up to the PA Dutch meaning of their name, ALWAYS GOOD! The mouthwatering menu at Immergut is delightfully simple and incredibly delicious, featuring regular pretzels, specialty pretzels, and pretzel wraps. Each pretzel is hand-rolled and baked to perfection with just the right amount of butter and salt, unless otherwise requested. Try their quality-made pretzel dips and savor their fresh squeezed lemonades, blended ice coffees, and fountain drinks. Stop by this hidden gem for an extraordinary snack or enjoy a quick and tasty lunch.
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!