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Pretzel Berry (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Holiday Foods)

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I only make it twice a year. But, my family starts doing cartwheels when I bring out the ingredients.

My husband who doesn’t really like sweets could eat the whole pan. My brother, who hates dessert, even tried it and LOVED it at Thanksgiving. My children start to chant the words, “Pretzel Berry! Pretzel Berry!” when dessert time approaches

Simple ingredients: cream cheese, Cool Whip (yes, really); Jell-O (yes, that, too); frozen berries, pretzels, butter, and a little sugar.

In some parts of the country, they call this a salad. In our neck of the woods, it’s clearly dessert.

It’s original name is Strawberry Pretzel Dessert, but over the years I’ve adjusted it. I use less sugar in the pretzel crust, more cream cheese and less Cool Whip in the middle layer, and cranberry Jell-O and boysenberries in the top.

It most definitely works for us. And while we love it immensely, I make it twice a year — on Thanksgiving and at Christmas. That’s part of what makes it special.

What’s a favorite holiday dish at YOUR house?

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  1. Thanks for hosting Jessica! If you would like, you can tweet your picture with #coolwhipislove…for a chance to win a gift card and a magazine. :-)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I bet they are all so excited!
    ~Liz

  2. Mmm…all the tweaks you’ve made to that recipe sound delicious!!! I may just have to try that! :) It screams stereotypical midwestern “potluck” dessert to me–something my midwestern husband would LOVE! :)

  3. That sounds phenomenal!! I’ll keep this recipe for sure, thanks!!

  4. This is absolutely the most fabulous dessert EVER! My husband (who also doesn’t care for sweets) could also eat the entire pan.
    My Aunt Debra introduced this dish to our family years ago and we have always called it “Aunt Debra’s Dessert”. I am glad to finally know its “official” name :)
    We have tweaked it from time to time and instead of using Jello, we make a fruit glaze (similar to pie filling) for the topping. I like it waaay better this way, but everyone has their opinion so we usually end up making both versions for get-togethers.
    If your family likes lemon, you MUST try making a lemon glaze!!! Yum…. Now I want some!

  5. Christmas at our house would not be the same without Homemade Eggnog
    Thanks for Hosting!

  6. My aunt makes that dessert occasionally for family get-togethers. It is delicious.

    Thanks for the link-up.

  7. Your Pretzel Berry sounds very yummy! It looks so pretty too. I’ve linked up a Mincemeat and Brandy cake that is a perennial favourite in our house :) Thank you for hosting.

  8. Oh my goodness, I haven’t had that pretzel thing in years! Now I want some LOL. My recipe is for brussels sprouts, although it’s a healthier version than the one my Aunt Kim always makes. I’ve had her brussels sprouts in Velveeta/white sauce for years now. I think that’s why I like sprouts – I always had them cooked in lots of cheese so I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to like them.

  9. OK, we southerners DO call this a salad and serve it with dinner, well before dessert! My Granny makes this all the time and it is a favorite of my sister. When she moved to California, she made it to take to a party and was shocked when everyone thought it was a dessert! However, they loved it and it became her signature dish when she lived in Orange County.

  10. Love the pretzel berry dessert! One of our favorite holiday dishes is broccoli cauliflower salad. Raw veggies topped with a little red onion, bacon, sunflower seeds and a super sweet mayo dressing. My own personal favorite is Mom’s caramel apple pie.

  11. That looks AWESOME!!!

  12. Your Pretzel Berry looks so festive and very good. Thank you for sharing and hosting us today. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  13. Oh, my grandmother used to make this! But being the Southern cook that she was, she served this as a ‘salad’ with dinner. As children, we loved eating salad!

  14. Mmm, we love Pretzel Salad. That’s what we call it. I guess we do that because it helps us feel less guilty about eating it! ;) Really, it’s so super yummy!

  15. Your recipe sounds wonderful! The sweet-salty sound of it sounds plumb scrumptious. Maybe I will make this to bring to my mil’s house for Christmas!

    I have a post up now with one of our dds recipes: “Marianna’s Molasses Cookies”. They are melt in your mouth good! : )

  16. I love this dessert, we call it Pretzel Salad and make it with strawberries. YUMMMO!

  17. This is a Christmas tradition in our family too, but we use just strawberries. I’m from Maryland and inherited recipes for it from both my mother and mother-in-law. Now I live in Texas and I haven’t met anyones who has heard of it. BTW, it’s a side at our house, pie is for dessert:)

  18. In search of new ideas for holiday food this year. This is perfect!

  19. Tamiko Mitchell says:

    Hi,
    How do you go about crushing the pretzels for the dessert?
    Thanks
    Tamiko

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