Reprinted from Eat Street a newsletter of Pittsburgh Magazine….
Believe it or not, Monday is National Pretzel Day, which Gov. Ed Rendell re-declared as a national holiday in April 2003.
“It figures Rendell declared the holiday: He’s a Philly guy,” says Sheri Powell, who owns Pretzel Crazy in the North Hills and started her business last spring after encouragement from her son, Ryan. Powell had been making sweet, hand-dipped pretzels as gifts for years before going pro. Now, she offers 15 varieties in three sizes.
Pretzel Crazy’s bestseller is the “Cashew Caboodle,” a four-inch pretzel rod dipped in caramel then milk chocolate and covered in cashew pieces and white-chocolate drizzle. Other favorites include “Peanut Butter Burst,” made with Reese’s Pieces, and the “Straight Jacket,” made with white and milk chocolates.
Powell can create up to 250 pretzels each day and fills orders for holidays and special events. (Pretzel Crazy. Info: 412/526-1300, pretzelcrazy.com)