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Snickers apple salad is a sweet treat, filled with texture and flavor! Bright pops of apple perfectly complement chewy chunks of Snickers.

It may be called a salad, but this Snickers Salad is definitely a dessert. It’s similar to our best-loved Ambrosia Salad or Pistachio Salad.

Close up of a bowl filled with snicker apple salad.

Everyone Loves it!

It’s definitely not as healthy as a green salad, but I can promise you this Snickers Salad tastes a lot better!

Why we love it:

  • It’s Really a Dessert. It’s called salad, but it’s truly a dessert and we aren’t complaining.
  • Like a Caramel Apple. If you love those, you’ll love this!
  • Great for Outings. Everyone goes nuts for this at potlucks, family get-togethers, BBQs in the summer, or even celebrating caramel apple weather in the fall.
  • Can be Made Ahead. Make this up to 1 day ahead of time.

Whether you call it Caramel Apple Salad, Apple Snickers Salad, Candy Salad or Snickers Salad – it’s sure to be loved by all!

Snickers and apples on board for Snicker Salad.

Ingredients

  • vanilla instant pudding – Be sure to buy INSTANT vanilla pudding mix. Also note that when you combine the dry pudding mix with the ½ cup of milk, it will resemble more of a paste texture, rather than a soft pudding mixture. 
    • Cook-n-serve pudding will not set when made using the recipe instructions, so do not use – it will make the salad more runny.
  • milk – We suggest using whole or 2% milk for this recipe.
  • cool whip – We prefer homemade whipped cream, but cool whip works great and is easy.
  • Granny Smith apples – See below for other apples to use
  • Snickers bars
  • caramel sauce – Homemade or from the bottle.

Best Apples to Use

It entirely depends on your preference. I like using a more tart apple to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients but choose an apple that is firm and bruise-free.

  • Sweet. Gala, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Red Delicious apples
  • Tart. Granny Smith, Cortland, Melrose, or Winesap apples
  • Sweet and tart. Jazz, Pink Lady, or Jonagold apples

How to make SnickerS Salad

Making this Snickers caramel apple salad is as simple as it gets.

  1. COMBINE. In a large bowl, whisk the milk and instant pudding mix, then fold in the whipped topping.
  2. Cut up apples and Snickers candy bars into bite-size pieces, and mix them in.
  3. Drizzle Caramel Sauce on top. Serve cold or layer, and serve cold.
Chopped snickers bars on a cutting board.

Variations

Get creative with this Snickers salad and adjust it to your favorite flavor profiles.

  • Pudding flavor. Change the pudding flavor: white chocolate or butterscotch pudding.
  • Candy bar. Try changing the candy bar type: Milky Way, Mars Bars, or Twix.
  • Toppings. Drizzle Chocolate Syrup on top, add mini chocolate chips, or sprinkle with chopped walnuts or pecans.

Keep Apples from Browning

Here are a few ways to keep apples from browning, note that some may alter the flavor of the apple Snicker salad:

  • Lemon or lime juice. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of water. Soak the apple slices for 3-5 minutes. Drain, rinse, and pat dry.
  • Use Ball’s Fresh Fruit or another ascorbic acid powder. This can usually be found in the food storage/canning section at the grocery store.
  • Soak in ginger ale for 3-5 minutes. Drain, rinse, and pat dry.
  • Saltwater. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of salt into 1 quart of water. Soak apples for 3-5 minutes. Drain, rinse, and pat dry. 
  • Using a very sharp knife to cut the apples also helps. 
Process image of how to make Snicker Salad.

storing info

  • Make ahead of time. Make this Snicker salad recipe up to a day in advance. The coating of the Whipped Cream will help keep the apples from browning, but to be extra cautious, pretreat the apples (with previous suggestions), before mixing up the recipe.
  • STORE. Keep leftover Snicker apple salad covered, in the fridge, for 2-3 days. Over time, the extra moisture from the apples will begin causing the whipped cream to separate. It is still safe to eat. Give it a good stir or add a bit extra whipped cream to help smooth it out.
A white bowl filled with snicker apple salad.

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Snickers Salad Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Snicker apple salad is a sweet treat, filled with texture and flavor! Bright pops of apple perfectly complement chewy chunks of Snickers.
Servings: 12
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 small box vanilla instant pudding
  • ½ cup milk
  • 8 ounce cool whip
  • 4 large Granny Smith apples
  • 4-5 Snickers bars
  • caramel sauce
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Instructions 

  • Mix milk and pudding then fold in the cool whip.
  • Cut up apples and Snickers and mix in. Drizzle caramel sauce on top. Serve cold or layer and serve cold.

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Notes

Make ahead of time. Make this Snicker salad recipe up to a day in advance. The coating of the Whipped Cream will help keep the apples from browning, but to be extra cautious, pretreat the apples (with previous suggestions), before mixing up the recipe.
STORE. Keep leftover Snicker apple salad covered, in the fridge, for 2-3 days. Over time, the extra moisture from the apples will begin causing the whipped cream to separate. It is still safe to eat. Give it a good stir or add a bit extra whipped cream to help smooth it out.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 114mg, Potassium: 173mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 100IU, Vitamin C: 3.5mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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71 Comments

  1. Ann says:

    This dessert wonderful…I used gala apples which worked great and I also added some mini marsh mellows…It was delicious….

  2. Nichole says:

    Hello, could you substitute the vanilla pudding for a white chocolate or cheese cake flavor?

  3. Mary S. says:

    5 stars
    I love this salad/dessert! I came across it a few years ago while looking for a recipe that could pass as a salad but yet could be put on the dessert table for a family gathering we were planning. This filled the bill! It had the flavor of fresh crisp apples but the sweetness of pudding along with the taste of a caramel apple. What more could you ask for in a recipe?

  4. Leslie Stevenson says:

    5 stars
    I am down with dessert as salad. When I was a child, a balanced meal was a hot dog, blue box mac and cheese, and a “salad” made with a box of either jello or pudding. Miss those days.

  5. Brenda says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe for years. Many times I only add half the vanilla pudding and substitute the other half with butterscotch pudding…so yummy!! It’s a family favorite. I also freeze the snickers for a few minutes before chopping them. It makes it a lot easier to cut it!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      That’s a great suggestion. So glad to hear you love the salad! It’s a great one, isn’t it? 🙂

  6. Regina M Webster says:

    Very good but did granny and honeycrisp apples, diced and salted. A vanilla and butterscotch pudding with milk, added coolwhip and crushed butterfingers. Excellent
    THANK YOU

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing what you did.

  7. Mary says:

    5 stars
    This is a solid recipe. I added about 1/2 C regular fat sour cream. This cut down a bit of the sweetness, but not too much. I tossed the chopped apples in some Ball brand Fruit-Fresh to help prevent browning. Very tasty

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Sounds delish!! Thanks for sharing what you did. So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe.

  8. Tamara says:

    We love this salad and I’ve made it for years however the past couple times making this exact recipe the pudding cool whip mixture is way more runny and not thick like your video is. I’m not sure of the change but tips on how to thicken it once all ingredients are combined would be great.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Hmmm… I would suggest maybe adding a bit more cool whip to help thicken it a bit. Starting with cold ingredients helps too so it doesn’t start melting as you mix. I’m glad to hear you love the salad! Hope this helps.

  9. Penny says:

    My daughters best friend was unable to go home to Wisconsin for Christmas due to the weather so she spent the day with us. Food is my love language so I asked if there was something I could make for her. She shared this recipe and everyone loved it. Most importantly, Hannah said it was just like her grandmother’s.

  10. Mary says:

    Can make this salad the night before?