Bavarian pretzel gets EU protection
The Bavarian pretzel has been elevated to the same status as such classic products as champagne and Cornish pasties by being added to the EU's "protected origins" list.
That means only pretzels produced in the southern German state can be sold as "Bayerische Breze," or Bavarian pretzel.
In a mouth-watering statement today, the EU Commission said Bavarian pretzels are "characterised by a doughy taste, combined with a short, crisp crack and a soft, fluffy texture".
It says the protection applies to the "typical Bavarian lye pastry whose shape symbolises arms folded in prayer," be it "topped with coarse salt, cheese or poppy, sesame, pumpkin or sunflower seeds".
Baked products manufactured and sold outside the EU, like Bavarian pretzels found in the United States, aren't affected by the decision.