I am referring to the humble pretzel. One of my favorite snacks at any time of the year, but it seems to have been traditionally associated with Lent!
According to Wikipedia:
Within the Catholic church, pretzels are regarded as having religious significance for both ingredients and shape. Pretzels made with a simple recipe using only flour and water could be eaten during Lent, when European Christians were forbidden to eat eggs, lard or dairy products like milk and butter. As time passed, pretzels became associated with both Lent and Easter. Pretzels were hidden on Easter morning just like eggs are hidden today and are particularly associated with Lent, fasting and prayers before Easter. The classic pretzel’s three-hole shape begins to take form. The three holes represent the Christian trinity of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” and pretzels are thought to bring luck, prosperity, and spiritual wholeness. The wedding phrase “tying the knot” got its start when a pretzel was used to tie the knot between two prominent families. The pretzel’s loops stood for everlasting love.