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Carey Ayn

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:34:55 PM
I love, really love, the strawberry jello-pretzel salad. Like it might be one of my favorite "salad/desserts" of all time.

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:35:58 PM
I LOVE it too.


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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:36:04 PM
I have had that. It's yummy! I think it's more like a cobbler than a salad, though. JMO on dessert taxonomy.
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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:36:25 PM
LOL. I have a cranberry jello salad thing that I love. I'm from the midwest. It's in my blood.

I've only had the pretzel thing once and it didn't look like that at all ... I think MIL did it wrong!


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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:36:30 PM
That at least looks like a cheesecake, and nary a hot dog in sight!

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:38:10 PM
awww sure you do
I happen to looooooove me some strawberry pretzel stuff. I would question the sanity of the broad that doesn't like that. Just plain wrong.

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:42:42 PM
Much better looking than the that was posted in the old thread that was bumped a couple of days ago. There's no tomatoes or broccoli in it!!!

My bestie is from western PA and it's a baby shower-family get-together staple there. I have had it a couple times, thanks to her. I like it.

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:48:05 PM
I've never had it, but I would absolutely eat that. Looks delish!


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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:48:56 PM
I love it too!

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:49:02 PM
It's some good shit.

People who don't like it are crazy.



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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:49:33 PM
We ate pineapple casserole with Ritz crackers. I won't judge.


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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:50:03 PM
My sister's MIL makes this for our family gatherings, soooo good

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:51:52 PM
I love it too!

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:52:47 PM
MMM Count me in as a strawberry/raspberry jello pretzel salad lover!



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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:53:45 PM
Aw, Carey Ayn, I love the stuff! What you posted looks delicious!

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:58:23 PM
I made these strawberry cheesecake bars for our company Christmas Party and one of my co-workers said it tasted just like Jello Pretzel Salad!!


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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:58:37 PM
I made that very salad for today's meal. I call it a salad, my DD calls it dessert. It's all good!



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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:59:36 PM
This Christmas we served dinner buffet style. There was a separate table for desserts. My non-LDS aunt informed me that I put my jello dishes on the wrong table. I said, "no Auntie these are salads." She said, "I am pretty sure a salad should include a vegetable." I said "if you look closely, there are carrots in that one." She told me her doctor told her to eat more salads but the this was probably not at all what her doctor had in mind, shrugged and took a big scoop of each.


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Posted: 12/25/2012 11:02:00 PM
My mouth is watering. Looks good to me!

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Posted: 12/25/2012 11:14:23 PM
Any holiday meal that involves turkey HAS to have "jello salad". Green jello with grated carrots. My dad and I are the only ones that eat it... and since my parents are in Florida I'm the only one that will eat it, but my turkey dinner isn't complete without it.

While I have never had strawberry jello pretzel salad, I'm thinking I might have to try it when my dad gets home!

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Posted: 12/25/2012 11:43:56 PM
No jello of any kind for me

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Posted: 12/25/2012 11:46:29 PM
I made this one for Thanksgiving and the family demanded it be added to regular rotation!

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Posted: 12/25/2012 11:48:14 PM
It's delicious!


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Posted: 12/26/2012 12:00:40 AM
Never had that, but it looks really yummy!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 12:22:47 AM
Mmm. I prefer raspberry to strawberry, though.

We make a shake version of this at our store. To die for.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 12:58:54 AM
How the hell is that considered salad???

I mean, it looks delish. But 'salad', really?

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Posted: 12/26/2012 1:07:03 AM
Oh, I love it, too! I use raspberries, though! So yummy! Always get raves about it at potlucks!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 3:25:21 AM
As long as it's not jello with meat you are good!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 4:54:21 AM
I am with Enjoy- as long as there is no meat in it, I am OK. Or veggies, either.

I have never had the raspberry version. The strawberry is divine- why mess with perfection?


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Posted: 12/26/2012 6:14:59 AM
Oooo, I wouldn't mind trying some. But honestly, "salad"?


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Posted: 12/26/2012 6:21:39 AM
I just had that for the first time a couple weeks ago at a holiday party. That stuff was amazing!! Who has a good recipe?

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Posted: 12/26/2012 6:22:57 AM
How could you NOT like pretzel jello?


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Posted: 12/26/2012 6:24:39 AM
Yeah, I always thought that it was strange too that it was called "salad". I guess whoever initially named it considered all jello dishes "salad" and the name just stuck. It is very much a dessert and not a salad. A lighter dessert, but a dessert all the same.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 8:28:46 AM
Never heard tell of it.. looks good though.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 9:25:12 AM
That looks yummy! I've never had jello pretzel salad before. Anybody have a recipe?

I love jello -- My mom would make lime jello in the can of pineapple rings and then slice it. And my aunt makes a yummy strawberry / banana/ sour cream / jello concoction. And one of my favorite desserts involves raspberries, jello, and ice cream mixed together.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 9:26:15 AM
Me too! No food snobery here.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 9:26:58 AM
Hey don't knock it till you try it! Ha! This has been a Christmas staple at our house for years now!


except I haven't tried it with strawberries. I use Raspberries!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 9:38:20 AM
Jello Pretzel Salad

FIrst Layer:
2c. crushed pretzels (chunky, not fine)
3 T sugar
3/4 c melted butter

Mix together and form into 9x13 pan. Bake for 10 min at 400.

Second Layer:

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 c sugar
8 oz cool whip.

Mix together and spread on cooled crust.

Third Layer:

2 3 oz packages of strawberry jello
2 c boiling water
2 10 oz packages frozen strawberries

Dissolve jello in water. stir in frozen berries. When partially set, pour over second layer and refrigerate. Top with more cool whip when Jello is set (if desired)


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Posted: 12/26/2012 9:53:08 AM
I would probably like it without the pretzels...I just don't want mushy pretzels in the bottom of my bowl, yet I can't imagine how they would stay crispy.

ETA: I see that the pretzels are baked into a crust...I bet that helps keep it crunchy. Maybe I will try this for my NY Eve party. I ain't no snob!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 9:57:56 AM
My favorite salad ever!!!!! It's a salad because it has fruit in it!

ETA - and if you call this a salad, then you can have a dessert too! Win, win!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 10:13:33 AM
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Posted: 12/26/2012 10:26:22 AM
I love this dessert, too!!!!

It's been over a year since I made it. I think I'll fix it for New Year's. Thanks for the reminder!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 10:33:25 AM
Why is that called a salad? That looks like a square. If it didn't have jello on it, I would consider trying it. But why is that a salad?

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Posted: 12/26/2012 10:37:27 AM
I admit we can be snobby about food, but my stepmother makes a jello/cranberry/nuts/cream cheese thing (no pretzels) that we LOVE and it wouldn't be a holiday dinner without it.

We don't call it salad, but we do eat it with dinner, not for dessert.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 11:03:03 AM
Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad is one of my favorite desserts. It's the perfect salty sweet combination.

We have a Cranberry Jello Salad at Thanksgiving & Christmas that is one of my favorite holiday treats. It's got cherry/strawberry jello, jellied cranberry, mandarin oranges, & crushed pineapple. It's one of my most requested recipes.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 11:11:31 AM
We Pretzel Salad and had it on Christmas Eve as part of the meal - not dessert.

We eat Jell-o, Cool Whip and other packaged foods (including Kraft Mac&Cheese) at our house.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 11:39:18 AM
I've never tried it but thank you for posting a picture!!! All this time when people mention it I am imagining pretzels floating in jello all mushy and... It never occurred to me that the pretzels were separate in a crust. That makes it so much better but I still don't think I would like it. Jello is not my thing.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 12:05:36 PM
I pretzel salad!

I am with the others - NO idea why it's called a salad. Even with the jello in it.

No matter what it's called, delicious!

Marilyn, the pretzels do stay crunchy. It's part of the "charm" of it. The contrast of the crunch of pretzels with the mushiness of jello/strawberries and cream cheese/whipped cream combo. And the contrast of salt/sweet.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 12:07:12 PM
From the picture it doesn't look bad, but the name of it "salad" just conjured up some horrible thoughts.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 12:09:56 PM
I love it too, and it's my son's favorite.

But it really is a summer salad. My mother would not approve of having it for Christmas. I know this because I offered to make it one year. You'd think I'd shown up at church in white shoes after Labor Day.
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