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“Nice Little Stop on the Way to Bigger Destination” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
717 626 4354
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Owner description: The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, established in 1861, is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. As of August 2007, the site is under new ownership. The bakery and store have been completely renovated and are now operated once again by the Sturgis family. Visitors can tour the original pretzel bakery, see soft pretzels being made by hand, and find pretzels baked by the oldest pretzel baking family in the United States.
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“Nice Little Stop on the Way to Bigger Destination”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

This was a cute little diversion on the way to Lancaster. We visited the bakery as well as the Wilbur Chocolate Co in Lititz. They show you how to roll out and fold a pretzel and tell you about the baking process. I do wish there were more hands-on activities for the children, but it is what it is. We bought some of their bagged pretzels, but they aren't that great. We also bought a couple of the fresh baked soft pretzels, but I've definitely had better ones. Would definitely not go to Lititz just to visit the bakery.

Visited June 2011
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Plymouth, Michigan
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“Surprising Find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

I found out about the Pretzel Bakery on padutchcountry.com and thought it would be a neat place to take the kids. The tour isn't very long, 20-30 min, so it kept the kids (ages 10 & 12) attention the whole time. Even younger children on the tour seems to do well. The first part of the tour is really fun. They have dough that every one can practice rolling and shaping a pretzel, while the guide is giving the history of the bakery and of the founder. Everyone then gets a certificate as being a Certified Pretzel Twister, which is a cute keepsake. The rest of the tour is an explaination of the ovens/baking process. The store area is pretty small, but they have a nice variety of items for purchase. We bought some soft pretzels and some small twist pretzels (hot cheezer flavor) which were both good.

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“Munch, munch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

Historic, charming little pretzeleria (is that a word?). Wasn't interested in tour but picked up jalapeno and cheese flavors hard to find in my area and pretzel cookbook to try making some caraway-rye flavor goodies (yum). Worth a stop along the main street in Litittz with its wonderful architecture. For more goodies of all kinds, check out the Lancaster Central Market (open limited days during the week).

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“An Excellent Piece of PA History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

The Sturgis Pretzel Tour is a very interesting piece of local PA history into how the hard pretzel got its start.

As mentioned prior, the tour costs three dollars for adults and two for children with the only negative being that they only do tours on the top and bottom of the hour and if you show up at the wrong time a group may have booked a whole tour and then you have to wait possibly a full hour until your time.

The tour itself is about thirty minutes, depending on how long the guide talks, questions from the group, and how long it takes everyone to get their chance at rolling a pretzel.

Know that when you get a chance at rolling out a pretzel you won’t be using actual dough but an inedible play dough that get’s reused multiple times per day.

Also note that the Sturgis pretzels you see in the stores are no longer made in Lititz at
the Julius Sturgis factory as they have been made for several years in a suburb of Reading.

And if you go in the summer the tour has no air conditioning and you will sweat.

All in all the tour is still worth taking as this is the only place where you can see where the hard pretzel got it’s start.

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“Thought all Pretzels taste the same”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

Cute little historic town, and spot. Little 30 minute tour, if you will, and rolling of dough to form a pretzel was about $3.00 pp, $2.00 kids.
Thought it would include the baking also, but discovered they do the baking at main plant. The young girl who demonstrated the rolling of the dough and the significance of the pretzel was cute. I did learn the religious meaning of the typical shaped pretzel, which I didn't know before.
Looked at the ovens which used to be used way back when.
Kids we were with, aged 9, 11 & 12 liked the rolling of the dough.
Received a sample bag of their tiny pretzels which we didn't open until the next day, and quickly discovered just how tasty the pretzels were. Will probably order some on line in the future

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