Pretzel Ponderings

Pretzels. What is so special about pretzels? They are just baked bread covered with salt. Now I’m talking about the kind you had as a kid. The long, skinny ones that you make stick figures out of.
Now I have a lot of favorite foods but pretzels are way up there. These bread sticks covered in salt out rank flattened out circles of dough covered in sauce, cheese and as many toppings as possible, (pizza). They also outrank the patty of beef between two slices of bread ironically called a ‘ham’ burger, and beats the ‘never ending possibilities’ of shaped dough covered or mixed with just as many possibilities of sauces and cheeses. But somehow this stick of bread is the topper. So, what do you think?