From today until Sunday, Sept. 22, Chili's is offering free Sweet Potato Parmesan Fries or Jumbo Soft Pretzels with purchase of an adult entree. The coupon for this deal is available to subscribers to the restaurant chain's e-mail list.
The Triple Dipper appetizer, as well as full-size Flatbread, qualify as entrees. The deal does not include the 2 for $20 special. There is a limit of one free Sweet Potato Fries or Jumbo Soft Pretzels per table.
The Sweet Potato Parmesan Fries contain 920 calories, 520 of them from fat. They contain 58 grams of fat, 13 of which are saturated. They have 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 1570 milligrams of sodium, 87 grams of carbohydrates, 14 grams of fiber, 33 grams of sugar and 12 grams of protein.
The Jumbo Soft Pretzels contain 1060 calories, 430 of them from fat. They contain 48 grams of fat, 16 of them saturated. They have 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 3650 milligrams of sodium, 125 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar and 30 grams of protein.
The origin of pretzels is a mystery, according to Wikipedia, with most sources claiming Christian influence and invention by German monks. One story holds that pretzels were invented by an Italian monk, who gave them to children who learned their prayers. He called them :"pretiola"--"little rewards"--and designed them to look like arms folded across the chest. The German word, Brezel, may be derived from Latin bracellus--bracelet--or bracchiola--little arms. In southern Germany, the pretzel has been a symbol of bakers and bakers' guilds since the Twelfth Century.
According to Wikipedia, immigrants brought pretzels to the United States in the late Eighteenth Century. Soft pretzels originated in the Twentieth Century, with cities like Philadelphia, Chicago and New York becoming famous for their pretzels. The average Philadelphian consumes about twelve times as many pretzels as the national average, and Pennsylvania produces 80 percent of the nation's pretzels. Pretzels are a more than $550 million industry in the United States, and the average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year.