Strawberry Pretzel Salad Milkshake

One of my favorite desserts of all time is one that has shown up at almost every single warm-weather family function on my dad’s side of the family since I can remember – Strawberry Pretzel Salad. It sounds like one of the weirdest things on Earth, but the combination of a pretzel crust, cream cheese and Cool Whip filling, and a strawberry Jello top makes it totally irresistible. I still can’t help eating half of the pan myself whenever I make it; it’s one of the few desserts that I will intentionally hoard.

A couple of weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins released a list of some of the new food offerings at the arena for the upcoming season. Being obsessed with all things hockey and food, I immediately checked it out. Along with some new food was also a new milkshake by one of my favorite burger places that has a location at the arena – a strawberry pretzel shake. SOLD.

While I went to the home opener last Thursday evening, I wasn’t sitting anywhere near the burger and shake stand, so I decided to make one at home using the idea as inspiration.

I blended together vanilla ice cream with some milk, cream cheese, frozen strawberries and pretzel pieces to capture the totally nostalgic flavor of strawberry pretzel salad. I loved how it turned out and now I want to make a big pan of the real thing and share it with absolutely no one.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Milkshake

One year ago: Snickerdoodle Biscotti
Two years ago: The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Six years ago: Challah Bread

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Milkshake

A milkshake with all of the flavors of the nostalgic Strawberry Pretzel Salad dessert.
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  • 2 cups (264 g) vanilla ice cream
  • 4 ounces (113.4 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • cups (366 ml) milk
  • 1 cup (144 g) frozen strawberries, (5 ounces)
  • cups (120 g) broken pretzel pieces
  • Whipped cream, to top


  • Place the ice cream, cream cheese, milk, strawberries and pretzels into a blender. Puree on medium speed until smooth. (If you prefer a thinner milkshake, you can add more milk.)
  • Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream. Enjoy!


Nutritional values are based on one serving
Calories: 772kcal, Carbohydrates: 138g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 26g, Cholesterol: 150mg, Sodium: 581mg, Potassium: 692mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 55g, Vitamin A: 1735IU, Vitamin C: 43.1mg, Calcium: 491mg, Iron: 0.6mg

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