Delaware - Pretzel "Salad"

Does this "salad" look familiar to anyone?  Maybe you've seen it at a potluck dinner or family gathering?  Depending on the severity of your sweet tooth, you might put this on your dinner plate as a salad / fruit or you might wait and put it on a smaller plate when you visit the dessert table.  : )      

While I have seen "Strawberry Surprise" or "Pretzel Salad" a time or two before, I found out through some research and networking that in Delaware, Pretzel Salad is a very popular dessert! Popular enough that one Dover, DE resident said it would be her pick for their state sweet - so here it is!    

Pretzel Salad is made for family gatherings, BBQ's, picnics, potluck dinners and can even be found on the menu of several restaurants including Georgia House in southeast Delaware.

  • Crust


  • Middle Layer 

  • Top Layer 

2 1/4 cup pretzels, coarsely crushed
3 Tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
8 ounces cream cheese
9 ounces Cool Whip
1 cup sugar
2 small packages frozen strawberries
2 - 3 ounce packages strawberry Jell-o

The Recipe 
  • For the crust: mix together pretzels, sugar and butter.  Press into 9x13 baking dish and bake in 400 degree oven for 5 - 10 minutes
  • While crust cools, make second layer
  • Beat together softened cream cheese and sugar until fluffy
  • Fold Cool Whip into cream cheese by hand then spread over cooled crust 
  • Place in refrigerator to set, make top layer 
  • Boil one cup of water; dissolve jell-o
  • If using whole frozen strawberries, thaw and slice 
  • Add strawberries to jell-o mixture
  • Thicken enough so that you can spoon it over middle layer
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving 

Strawberries are the most popular fruit used in this layered dessert, but I hear you can also use cranberries and cranberry jell-o for a fall and winter version!  


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