Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Ewwww....I truly never thought I would make this.  I've seen this recipe since the '60's and it always grossed me out.  And now, I've actually made it. For over a year, one of the kids in the after school program keeps asking The Blog Tech if he would ask me to make this.  Each time he has mentioned it to me I've wrinkled up my nose and said ewww.  Jello and pretzels?  UGH!  But this is the last week of cooking for the kids until the new year so I caved in and made it.  And you know what?  It's bomb!  It's fire!  The kids will be so happy!
 If you ever want to step into this weird recipe and give it a try, you will need to break up pretzels until you have 2 cups.  Mix these with 3 T. of brown sugar and 3/4 cup of melted but.  Press this in the bottom of a 9X13 pan and bake it at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Set it aside to cool.

 I quadrupled the recipe because I am sure the kids will stuff themselves with this.

 Mix an 8 oz. block of cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar.  Fold in 1 can of whipped cream.

 Spread this mixture over the cooled pretzels and refrigerate for an hour.

 Pour a 3 oz. packet of strawberry jello in a bowl.

 Pour 2 cups of boiling water over it.

 Add 10 oz. of sliced strawberries.

 Place this in the fridge to chill until it begins to set and then spread it over the top of the cream cheese layer.  Chill for several hours or overnight.

Serve each piece topped with additional whipped cream.
 To tell you how shocked I am by how tasty this turned out is no exaggeration.  I guess that is why the recipe is still around after all these years. I think I will wait until Spring to make it again and use fresh local strawberries and make my own jello.  Somehow the sweet strawberry flavor and the saltiness of the pretzels with the caramel flavor from the brown sugar and butter all works together perfectly.  This is one of the things I love about cooking, you can learn something new everyday.


Anonymous said…
I know the kids will love this,, its an odd combo but sometimes those odd combos are the best or bomb as you say, lol,,,
Isn't it funny how the oddest things can taste so good together? I'm sure the kid who's been asking for this will be thrilled that you made it!
OMG pretzel salad is one of my favorite things!!!
greekwitch said…
For some reason it sounds very appetizing to me!!
Teacats said…
Tried that dessert at a local tearoom (now sadly closed!) -- it was REALLY good! I wonder if it would work with other flavors of Jello-and-fruit? Thanks for sharing!

SHERRY said…
My mom makes this with raspberries and it is always a favorite. I took it to a work potluck once and the dish was practically licked clean.
Cottage Tails said…
Oh my is does sound different, Never ever heard of it. But I bet the kids will love it. They are gonna look forward to returning to the centre after the break for your food I am sure.
Leeanna said…
Strange how things that we truly hate turn out to be something so good.
Anonymous said…
If You hadn't said it's good I would never have believed it :-) The mix doesn't sound especially tasty to be honest :-) I'll try this if I can remember to buy both prezels and jello :-)

Have a great day!

Susan said…
Holy smoke. I would have never imagined...
Nellie said…
Can you believe I had never had a taste of this until last week?! I've a recipe, but never made it, either. Reason about the same as yours! Glad the kids will be happy with it!
linda said…
Yours looks amazing!! I love this stuff. My grandchildren love helping make it with the crushed pretzels... Thanks for reminding me about it..... Have to go get some stuff for it for the holidays.. You are such a joy and inspiration for those children.
Mary Ann said…
I have never tried this either... but we are having a family party this weekend, so it might happen :-)
Goes to show you how strange I am! The minute I read the name..I knew it would be delicious. Anything with pretzels..I LOVE chocolate covered pretzels..and this sounds even better. Bet the kids did eat it up!!