Whenever we find ourselves running an errand at the mall, Nathan wants to get soft pretzels from the little shops there. I recently decided to try making soft pretzels, and I'm glad I did! They are very fun to make, from the rolling and shaping to the bathing in water fizzing with baking soda. I've made two batches, one using this pretzel recipe and the other using this buttermilk pretzel recipe. They definitely tasted slightly different, but I'm not sure which one I preferred - both were delicious, with slightly chewy exteriors and soft, light insides. Do buy some coarse sea salt for sprinkling on top; it's worth it.
They are really not that difficult to make, and much cheaper than buying pretzels at the mall.