Add yeast and a pinch of sugar to ⅓ cup of warm tap water. Set aside.
Allow yeast mixture to set for about 10 minutes or until it is creamy.
Add flour, remaining sugar, salt and oil to a large bowl and mix to combine.
Add yeast mixture to flour mixture.
Knead dough until thoroughly combined.
Place dough in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray.
Cover bowl and set in a non-drafty location.
Allow dough to rise for about 1 hour or until double in size.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Pull off pieces of dough and roll into strips about ½ inch round.
Using a pizza cutter, cut strips into bite-sized pieces about ½ to 1 inches in size.
Microwave 1 cup of water for about 1 ½ minutes.
Add baking soda to water and stir to combine.
Using a slotted spoon, dip several pieces of pretzel dough at a time into the water and baking soda mixture and then place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Sprinkle salt over pretzel dough, if desired.
Bake for approximately 7 minutes or until lightly browned, but still soft.
Raspberry Honey Mustard Sauce
Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
You can make ahead and freeze this recipe by preparing pretzels bites, but not cooking them. Freeze in a single layer and then transfer to a plastic bag. Defrost and cook according to directions. They can also be frozen after cooking.