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Your Guide to Preparing the Perfect Pretzel Salad


First, assemble your crust

  • 5 cups of coarsely crushed pretzels

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 sticks of salted butter (melted)

Spread pretzels onto a 12x18 pan evenly, then sprinkle sugar over the pretzels and mix altogether.

Bake at 400 degrees in a convection oven for 5-6 mins until pretzels are golden and sugar is caramelized.

Second, assemble your middle

  • 16oz Philadelphia cream cheese

  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Whip these ingredients together until they become “fluffy.”

Add 16 oz whipped cream and continue whipping until fully mixed

Third, assemble your topping

  • Boil 4 cups of water, add 16oz of strawberry Jell-O.

  • Remove from heat.

  • Slice 16 frozen strawberries (Or 2 cups of fresh strawberries).

Add all ingredients together, and let sit for 15-20 mins for Jell-O to set.

Combine all components

Evenly spread your middle over top the pretzel base, making sure that there are no visual pretzels left. This helps to separate the topping from getting to the pretzels, making them soggy.

Then, add strawberry topping once Jell-O is set. You want it to be partially congealed.

Spread even and refrigerate until Jell-o is a solid consistency.

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