Strawberry pretzel whaaa?

2 Feb
Strawberry pretzel salad.  Have you ever tried it?  Until a few weeks ago I was a newbie to this dessert as well.  And I kind of thought I wanted it to stay that way.  Pretzels, strawberries, jello…all mixed with cream cheese?  Sounds kinda gross,  I will admit.
But looks can be deceiving!  And after one bite…well, it was love at first bite.
I thought this recipe would be perfect to share around Valentine’s Day and while there is a more decadent version of this recipe floating around, I made some alterations and made it more waist friendly.
You will need:
•1  cup pretzels
•2 TBS smart balance, melted
•2 3 oz. boxes of strawberry jello
•1 cup fat free Cool Whip
•1/2  cup fat free cream cheese
•1/4 cup Splenda
•1 10 oz. container of frozen strawberries (or fresh if you prefer!)
Preheat oven to 400 °
1.) Begin by doing everyone’s favorite  kitchen task, smashing the crap out of the pretzels.
Or am I the only one that gets excited when I see the word “crush” in a recipe?
2.) Combine pretzels and melted smart balance in a pan or dish and bake for 10 minutes.
3.) While the pretzels are baking, prepare jello according to regular recipe and let cool to room temperature. When jello has cooled add strawberries.
4.) Meanwhile, combine Cool Whip, Splenda and cream cheese until well blended and fluffy.
5.) When pretzels are done, let cool.  Add cream cheese mixture and spread evenly
6.) Add strawberry mixture and spread evenly.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours but overnight is best.
Slice and enjoy!
Take one bite and you’ll understand why this unusual combo tastes so good.  And you won’t have to feel guilty :)
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11 Responses to “Strawberry pretzel whaaa?”

  1. DessertForTwo February 2, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    This is a classic Southern side dish! Love it :)

    • allieatfood February 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

      Really?!! I never knew that. I would love to be Southern then :)

  2. kristy @ ksayerphotography February 2, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    I’ve never seen anything like this but it looks really interesting!
    Unusual combinations can sometimes be the best – I always got weird looks from my friends when I would eat pretzels, white chocolate chips and dried apricots together (I thought it was pretty normal) but then again, they’d never even heard of trail mix :P Australia is SO boring!

    • allieatfood February 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

      I want to go to Australia sooo bad! Even if it is boring, I need to see for myself!

  3. movesnmunchies February 2, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    ahahah this recipe is awesome!! so so creative!

  4. cleaneatingchelsey February 2, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    That reminds me of a family party dessert – the jello! :) I love pretzels, and you just reminded me I want to make pretzel bread!!

    • allieatfood February 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

      It’s weird, I don’t normally like jello but it’s awesome in this dessert.

  5. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl February 2, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    I agree…sounds like it won’t be good. Always looks interesting! BUT always tastes awesome! Such a great dessert!

  6. This Italian Family February 2, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I’ve seen it before at gatherings and such, but it’s always looked a bit scary to me. Hmm… maybe I should give it a try?

    • allieatfood February 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

      Definitely try it! I was always like ehhh, kinda weird. But I was talked into it and now I crave it.

  7. BrittFit February 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    I’ve gotta try this. SUCH A BRILLIANT IDEA!

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