Tell City Pretzel Company

632-B Main Street
Tell City, IN 47586
(812) 547-4631

History of Pretzels

Even pretzels have a historical background...legend has it that pretzels originated during medieval times in southern Europe, and were baked in monasteries and given to children as a reward for learning and reciting prayers.

Famous Tell City Pretzels originated in 1858 when Casper Gloor, a master baker from Switzerland settled at Tell City, Indiana, as a member of the Swiss Colonization Society. Gloor soon became well known for the fine pretzels he baked from a secret recipe that he brought from Switzerland.

Gloor never revealed his secret formula to anyone, but after his death in 1912, it passed to Alex Kessler who worked for Gloor for 17 years, becoming a master baker himself.

In turn, the secret recipe passed to Alex Kessler's two sons upon his death. To this day, the famous Tell City Pretzels are still being hand twisted and baked in the old fashioned strict accordance with he centuries-old formula that was responsible for the fine quality and taste that has established their wide-spread acceptance.