Weekly Adventure #6

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It’s a little twisted…Didoughs has become my new favorite pick-up lunch stop!  Didoughs is located on 228 West Main and built with the same entrepreneurial spirit we see in a lot of our local businesses.  Add the passion for baking and one of America’s favorite snacks, pretzels, and you almost have perfection:)  In our busy life sometimes we succomb to the convenience of fast food.  Fast food concerned owner, Sandra, who was a nurse.  She set out to have a product that was healthy- something she would feel good about feeding her own family- a product that not only would taste great, but be a good useable source of carbohydrates as well.  Didoughs Twisted Pretzel Company was born. Having run successful businesses in Pennsylvania, the Pretzel Capital of the U.S.- pretzels seemed the natural choice.

Sandra spent many long hours perfecting the Didough’s wholesome pretzel dough. Clay spent many long hours laying out the design of the store. They chose to debut their product at local community events. The response was so overwhelming that they decided to go ahead and try their hand at retail.

Their first location in Peru, IL was so successful that they opened a second in Peoria, IL and then a third in Princeton, IL and now Ottawa, IL.  I highly recommend the Italian Meat Lovers:)))  The kids will love the hot dog wrapped in pretzel.  Their website

And because we should all challenge ourselves daily to learn something new….here is some pretzel trivia:

Pretzels had their beginning around 610 A.D. somewhere in Southern France or Northern Italy. A young monk was preparing unleavened bread for Lent, the Christian period of fasting and penitence before Easter. Christians of the day prayed with their arms folded across their chests, each hand on the opposite shoulder. It occurred to him that he could twist the leftover dough from the bread into this shape and use it as a treat for the children to recite their prayers. He named his creation ‘pretiola,’ Latin for ‘little reward.’ In the centuries following, the pretzel made its way into history books and European culture. The pretzel’s form became a symbol of good luck, long life and prosperity.