Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Orange Pretzel Salad

I’d been wanting pretzel salad. It’s usually made with strawberries and strawberry gelatin but I wanted to use what I had on hand which was a can of mandarin oranges and orange gelatin. I found a recipe at if you want the recipe.

Here you see all of my ingredients
Place the pretzels inside a zip lock back and crush them.

Mix the crushed pretzels, butter and 2 TBS of sugar together and press the mixture in a pan. Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes. Remove and allow the crust to cool.


Place gelatin in a bowl and follow the directions for dissolving it. ( I used orange juice and the syrup from the can of mandarin oranges) Add the mandarin oranges

Place the gelatin in the fridge until it is semi-set.(Sing the Jeopardy song while you wait or go on to the next part)

Combine the softened cream cheese and sugar. Beat until smooth.
Add whipped topping to the cream cheese mixture.

Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the cooled pretzel crust.
After your gelatin is semi-set spoon it on top of the cream cheese mixture. Place everything in the fridge for 2-4 hours until firm.
Remove and cut into squares.
*I halved the recipe.
*It is important that you allow the pretzel crust to cool before spreading on the cream cheese mixture, otherwise it will melt and soggy the pretzel crust.
*MAKE SURE the gelatin is in a semi-set stage before putting it over the cream cheese mixture. If you can pour it, it's not hard enough yet. This one step can mess up the whole sheebang. I ended up pouring the gelatin which made for a soggy crust which is NOT what you want.
I ate it anyway.


  1. I have never heard of this. I want to try it but not with the gelatin. I have issues with different textures and the combo of all three would have me gagging.

    Let me try it and see how it turns out.