The flavor combination of this can't be beat. However, the ingredient ratios could use some tweaking. To get a crust that covers a 9x13 I do think you need 2 cups of crushed pretzels. I used only 1 Tablespoon of sugar and that was plenty. I did use the 16 ounces of cream cheese but I only use about 2/3 of the whipped topping to mix with it and we found that to be plenty sweet. I ended up following the recommendation of a friend this time and used a product called Danish Desert in place of the jello - 2 packages, and only 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. It has a more intense flavor than the regular jello and also a slightly different texture - a little more silky, so to compensate I also added an envelope of Knox unflavored gelatin. Finally, I used 20 ounces of frozen berries in syrup. The advice of other reviewers regarding baking time for the pretzels, making a 'seal' with the cream cheese layer, and allowing the jello layer to chill significantly before adding it on top are all good suggestions. The finished product is a beautiful presentation and an excellent combination of flavors that provide a great counterpoint to the salty and savory flavors of a holiday meal.
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The flavor combination of this can't be beat. However, the ingredient ratios could use some...