9 Things You Didn't Know About Auntie Anne's Pretzels

October 24, 2014 11:00 AM

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Auntie Anne is a high school drop out. Facebook/Auntie Anne Beiler Yes, double A is a real, actual person. Her name is Anne Beiler, but you know her better as Auntie. The company's founder was born and raised in Pennsylvania by Amish parents, and started selling her homemade pretzels at a farmer's market in 1988. Bill Dunn, the company's current president, tells HuffPost that the recipe for the original soft pretzel hasn't changed since. Beiler had an eighth grade education and earned her GED at the age of 50, long after her success had been cemented.

A certain, very tall basketball player has an affinity for the company. Getty Shaq probably loves the pretzel more than he loves the Celtics (total, subjective speculation). As of 2012, his franchise group oversaw 19 Auntie Anne's locations.

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