Pretzel fans are in luck today.
In honor of National Pretzel Day, the Philly Pretzel Factory on Route 228 in Cranberry will be giving away free pretzels all day.
Owner Ken Hannigan, who opened his location in Cranberry four years ago, said this isn’t the first time the local store has participated in the national celebration.
“Last year, I think we ended up giving away 1,500 pretzels,” he said.
No purchase is necessary to receive a free pretzel, Hannigan said. Customers also are welcome to use store’s mustard bar.
"As soon as you walk in, we say, 'Here’s your pretzel,'" he said.
And don’t let the Philly Pretzel Factory’s name fool you.
Lest there are any hard feelings remaining from the Pittsburgh Penguins loss last week to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Club hockey playoffs, Hannigan assures residents the Philly-moniker only describes the figure eight-like shape of the soft pretzel—and not the pretzel itself.
“It’s a style of pretzel,” he said. “It’s not a Philadelphia pretzel.”
In honor of being in Pittsburgh, the company also offers the Steel City-appropriate “rivets,” which are bite-sized soft pretzels.