Our Story

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Hammond Pretzel Bakery was founded in 1931 during the Great Depression. William Lichty asked his grandfather, William Hammond, to start a pretzel business with him. They used William Hammond’s recipe from when he was a pretzel baker in the late 1800s. Thus, the business was named Hammond’s. Living in adjoining houses, the pair turned their garages into a bakery. William Lichty’s wife, Margaret, and his parents, Joe and Rose Lichty (who lived a few houses away), also joined in the family business. In the early 1970s, William Lichty’s daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Tom Nicklaus took over the business. Tom had been working at Hammond’s since 1957.

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Today

Still operating in the original location in Lancaster, Hammond’s is run by Tom and Carol’s son and daughter, Brian Nicklaus and Karen Achtermann.

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The Bakery

Hammond Pretzel Bakery is the oldest continuously family operated hand-made pretzel bakery in America! Hammond’s Pretzels are still made right in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Only the highest quality ingredients are used in the family recipe. Each pretzel is hand-rolled the way they were in the old days, resulting in the best Pennsylvania Dutch-style hard pretzels you will ever taste!

Because of our belief in these high quality standards and traditions and standards, our production is limited to ensure a great product every time.

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