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Tell City Pretzels

If you’re anything like me, you’re looking for a distraction during some of these Colts games to make them a little more pleasant to watch. A good, crunchy snack is certainly one way to cure the 0-5 blues.

Tell City Pretzels in Tell City, Indiana date back to 1858 when a baker from Switzerland immigrated to America and settled in Tell City. He brought with him a secret recipe for this snack, and he soon became widely known for it. The recipe and business has since been passed down to several different owners, mostly recently Brad and Sandy Smith in 2009. And while they’re keeping the recipe a secret, they are going to great lengths to ensure that the pretzels become more widely available.

You can currently purchase Tell City Pretzels at any of the stores listed here. They are also available for purchase online here. One of their gift tins would make a great Christmas present. I really want to try one of the light salt or no salt varieties, as I find many pretzels to be too salty. I’d also love to visit their shop in Tell City and watch how each pretzel is made by hand (I even hear you can see the finger pinch from how each pretzel is twisted).

More information about Tell City Pretzels is available here. Now if these great snacks could just cure what ails Peyton Manning… they really would be the perfect Hoosier food.


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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.