Brad and Sandy Smith acquired the assets of the Tell City Pretzel Company on July 2nd, 2009. TC Pretzels is the privately held company established by the Smith’s to carry on the production of the Famous Hand Twisted Pretzels. Although the company is under new ownership, the baking techniques and secret recipe remains unchanged.
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 over 100 years ago, in 1858, when Casper Gloor, master baker from Switzerland, settled in Tell City, Indiana as a member of the Swiss Colonization Society. Gloor soon became known for the fine pretzel 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 and on to future owners over time. Except for a short period when production ceased, the famous Tell City Pretzels have been hand twisted and baked in the old-fashioned manner…in strict accordance with the centuries-old formula that was responsible for the fine quality and taste that established their widespread acceptance. On July 2nd, 2009, Brad and Sandy purchased the assets of the famous Tell City Pretzels. The fine quality, unique taste and unique crunch of the pretzels will be available again for all who were greatly disappointed when finding out that they could no longer enjoy this one-of-a-kind pretzel. While people all over the world will be able to once again purchase the pretzel and observe the baking of the pretzels, the secret recipe will continue to remain secret!