There’s a delicious Strawberry Pretzel dessert that gets brought to all the summer pot-lucks. It’s the one with the buttery pretzel crust topped with layers of sweetened cream cheese, Jello and strawberries. What could be better than this dessert, I ask you? Only one thing. Strawberry Pretzel Ice Cream!
This recipe uses real strawberries, my Pretzel Topping for Ice Cream, and strawberry Jello to really help match the taste of the classic dessert.
Because of the extra volume added by the strawberries and Jello, you may want to churn this in two batches, depending on the capacity of your ice cream maker. This recipe makes more than the usual 1.5 quarts, so your ice cream maker may overflow! If you are using my favorite ice cream maker, you can do two batches of ice cream one right after the other using the same bowl. The second batch will just take a little longer to churn.
*If you are intimidated by making ice cream, don’t be! Gone are the days of hand-cranked buckets and salt and ice! Making ice cream couldn’t be easier. Just read this article, Three Reasons Making Ice Cream is Easier Than You Think to get started!
Time Commitment: High, but worth it.
Health Benefits of Ingredients: (Please see the Disclaimer)
Strawberries can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and cancer. They may also aid in the prevention of depression. (See “Strawberries: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks“).
Pure Vanilla activates chemicals in the brain that reduce inflammation and improve mental performance. (See Using Vanilla to Increase Your Mental Performance).
I recommend the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker
- One recipe of Pretzel Topping for Ice Cream
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries thawed
- 1 3 oz. package of strawberry gelatin
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Puree strawberries in a blender. Alternately, you can pulse the strawberries if you would like chunks of fruit in your ice cream.
Pour the blended strawberries into a bowl and add the sugar and strawberry gelatin. Mix well.
Add the whole milk and vanilla and mix with a wire whisk until everything is evenly incorporated.
Add the heavy whipping cream and mix well.
Pour into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
When ice cream reaches soft-serve consistency, transfer to an airtight container, layering with pieces of the pretzel crust. Freeze for several hours or overnight. (You may not use all the pretzel crust, depending on your personal preference).