Thanks to a team of scientists, we now know what 170-year-old shipwreck beer tastes like. (Briny!) But what about a 250-year-old pretzel? A team of archaeologists recently uncovered this relic in Bavaria, and while no one was brave enough to bite it, we have to assume it was really... ashy.
Silvia Codreanau-Windauer of the Bavarian State Department of Monument and Sites says the pretzel, rolls, and dough uncovered were so well preserved because they were burnt. (Finally, a point for inept bakers.) Carbon dating places them sometime between 1700 and 1800, meaning they could be the oldest of their kind. This is an especially big win for Germany, a nation that loves pretzels so much, they got the European Union to add Bavarian pretzels to the "protected origins" list last year. (This requires all items billed as "Bayerische Brezn," or Bavarian pretzels, to actually be made in Bavaria.) May they find the globe's oldest brat next.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and hopes her baking mistakes help archaeologists in 2200. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.