Jello Pretzel Salad

So I'll admit that "jello," "pretzel," and "salad" aren't usually words that you hear together nor do they sound very appetizing but this is one of the tastiest jello recipes I've ever made. The salty pretzels, the smooth cream cheese, and the sweet jello is so, so good. I've seen various versions of this recipe pop up from time to time in recipe books and online but I decided to use this recipe to start from.

Jello Pretzel Salad

Editor's Note: Recipe updated June 28, 2016 with minor adjustments

2 cups of crushed pretzels (not too fine, but no huge chunks)

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3/4 cup of butter (a stick and a half. I know. but trust me)

1-6 oz. box of Strawberry Jell-O

2 cups of fresh sliced strawberries (or whatever fruit you'd like to add)

1-8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened 

1 cup of sugar

1-8 oz carton of Cool Whip

First, grease a 9x13 inch pan (I only made half a batch so I used a smaller pan in my photos). Then melt the butter and mix in the crushed pretzels and brown sugar. Press the pretzel mixture into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Next, dissolve the package of Strawberry Jell-O into 1 cup of boiling water and then slowly stir in 2 cups of cold water. Add the sliced strawberries and put the jello in the fridge to firm up a bit. You don't want it to be runny but definitely still stir-able. Got it? Good.

On to the creamy layer. Beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth. This is important! You don't want a lumpy layer. Blend in the Cool Whip and then spread the mixture on top of the cooled pretzel layer. Make sure this layer extends all the way to the edge! You need to create a "seal" between the pretzels and jello. The last thing you want is soggy pretzels. Blech.

Carefully pour the jello and strawberry mixture onto the creamy layer and refrigerate at least a few hours. This dish is best served within 48 hours or the pretzels start to get a little...soggy. And like I said before, the last thing you want is soggy pretzels.

Did any of you eat this delightful salad growing up? I want to hear your family recipes!

Happy molding!