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.