Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

I really enjoyed using JELL-O. I was impressed with how versatile it can be. Mixing it with cold milk and Cool Whip gave it this airy, mousse-like consistency that totally blew me away.  It was so fluffy and I only stirred it for a minute or two!  The pudding truly works with you, rather than fighting with sugar, cream, and egg at various temperatures to make chocolate mousse. I felt like I was in on a secret shortcut!

I was immediately drawn to this recipe. I don't think I'm alone in loving chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels.  Adding jelly, jam, or preserves to it added a sweet tartness that gave the bars a little more depth.

My friends loved it!  I think this recipe is interesting because it's nostalgic.  JELL-O pudding and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are like the sandbox soul-foods of our youth.. this dessert takes you back.


  • 2 cup finely crushed pretzel
  • 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 0.25 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip
  • 24 miniature pretzel twists
  • 0.25 cup water
  • 1 cup jam or jelly
  • 1.75 cup COOL WHIP, thawed
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cup cold milk
  • 7.75 Ounce JELL-O chocolate instant pudding
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 0.67 cup butter
  • 3 tsp jelly or jam


To learn how to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars, check out the slideshow above.


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