Picnic perfection: Pittsburgh-style Strawberry Jell-O Salad in #USWMade Pyrex

Here are some fun facts for all you foodies out there: Pittsburgh is home to our great union’s headquarters, the birthplace of yummy Strawberry Jell-O Pretzel Salad, and the city is not too far from where some 325 members of Local Union 53G in Charleroi, Pa., make the popular glass Pyrex dishes in which this summertime treat is usually served! We also have 435 members of Local 1024 in Greencastle, Pa., who process and manage online orders and the distribution of Pyrex products. Keep scrolling for the recipe - we promise you won't be disappointed!

Pyrex manufactured by Steelworkers

We thought this was too cool so we had to share. According to Very Local Pittsburgh, this salty-sweet treat has roots in Pittsburgh, where home chefs concocted the tasty dessert during the height of the Jell-O “salad” craze in the post-World War II era. A 1960 cookbook in the Pittsburgh Heinz History Center includes the recipe, which has been passed down through families for generations. 

Bust out your #USWMade Pyrex measuring cups, mixing bowls and baking dishes and give this Pittsburgh picnic staple a try! 

Pittsburgh-Style Strawberry Jell-O Pretzel Salad (Served in #USWMade Pyrex!)

Pittsburgh-Style Pretzel Salad Ingredients in Pyrex


  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 ½ cups crushed pretzels
  • 1 (6 ounce) package strawberry flavored Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries, chilled
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


Pretzel Salad Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Cream butter or margarine with the brown sugar. Mix in the pretzels and pat mixture into the bottom of one 9x13 inch #USWMade Pyrex baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • In a medium #USWMade Pyrex mixing bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water and stir in the strawberries. Chill until partially thickened.
  • In a small #USWMade Pyrex mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and white sugar together until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Spread mixture over the top of the cooled crust, making sure to seal the edges. Chill then pour the gelatin mixture over the cream cheese layer. Chill until firm.
Finished Strawberry Pretzel Salad in Pyrex

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 520.5 calories; 5.9 g protein; 64.5 g carbohydrates; 61.2 mg cholesterol; 602.7 mg sodium. Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.

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