Snickers Apple Salad is a favorite recipe to bring to potlucks, BBQs, and family gatherings here in the Midwest. It’s loaded with tart apples, candy bars, and tossed in a creamy mixture of Cool Whip and pudding. You can’t go wrong!
I still remember the first time someone showed up to a get-together at my mama’s house with a Snicker Apple Salad.
I asked what the bowl of goo was and when they replied that it was Snickers Salad. I was obviously highly concerned.
Who puts candy bars in a salad?
Of course, I was down to try it. Snickers are life and I’m not scared of a little chocolate with my dinner.
This isn’t a salad salad…this is a dessert salad. Something the Midwest just knows how to do right, like Ambrosia Salad and Pineapple Pretzel Salad.
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Apples – I’m using Granny Smith apples because they are tart and pair well with the sweetness in the Snickers bars.
Snickers Candy Bars – These classic and always popular chocolate bars are my favorite! I’m starting with full sized Snickers bars and chopping those up, but the smaller fun sized would work too if you have enough.
Instant Vanilla Pudding – You’ll need one package of this mix. Be sure to get instant and not cook and serve. We like vanilla, but the cheesecake flavor is also tasty.
Milk – To prepare the vanilla pudding.
Frozen Whipped Topping – You will need to thaw this first!
Optional – Try topping it off with some caramel or chocolate sauce!
What We Love About This Recipe:
- If you like easy dessert recipes it doesn’t get much simpler than chopping up some candy bars and mixing them with instant pudding and whipped topping!
- You can swap out the Snickers with just about any other chocolate candy bar if you want to switch things up!
- Even though this is full of pudding and candy, we still serve it alongside our dinner at holiday meals. Midwesterners are a strange bunch, but we love it!
How to Make Snicker Apple Salad:
Prepare: Chop up the apples and candy bars to get started! We want bite-sized chunks.
Pudding: Whisk together the milk and vanilla pudding mix until it’s starting to set. Fold in the whipped topping.
Combine: Add in your chopped apples and chopped candy bars. Stir it all together and pop it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve!
We love that this doubles as a side dish or dessert. I mean – it’s definitely dessert, but in the Midwest we serve it with dinner?
If you want to move here, I don’t blame you.
The great thing about this Snicker salad is that it’s so simple to prepare and just as easy to modify! The vanilla pudding mixture is a nice neutral flavor that mixes well with lots of good stuff, such as:
- Turn this into a Snickers fruit salad by adding in other fresh fruits like grapes, blueberries, and strawberries!
- You don’t have to limit yourself to Snickers. Just about any chocolate candy bar would work: KitKat, Milky Way, Twix, Reese’s, etc.
- The Snickers have peanuts in them but if you want more of a crunchy texture you can add extra chopped nuts to the mix.
- Use a different flavor of instant pudding! Cheesecake pudding is very popular!
This apple Snickers salad recipe is best served the day it’s made. The apples start to get soft and release liquid if you let it sit for too long.
You can serve the second day as well, but the apples won’t be quite as crisp or the dressing quite as thick.
I think that the tartness of Granny Smith apples work best, but really you can use any variety you want.
A sweeter red apple would work too but the other ingredients are already pretty sweet. The tartness contrasts well with all the sugar in the chocolate bars and pudding.
More Classic Potluck Recipes:
The crockpot is a favorite tool for potlucks – makes it so easy to keep your dish warm and portable! My crockpot mac and cheese and crockpot hashbrown casserole are perfect for serving a crowd!
Cold salads always go over well! My mama’s classic macaroni salad is a hit, this Italian pasta salad is packed with goodies, and my baked potato salad is always the first to go.
This broccoli salad recipe is a nice twist from the classic version. For more veggies, this veggie pizza is always a winner.
Snickers Apple Salad
- 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix 3.4 ounces
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 8 ounces frozen whipped topping thawed
- 5 large Granny Smith apples chopped
- 4 full-sized Snickers candy bars chopped
- Add the pudding mix and milk to a large mixing bowl and whisk well to combine.
- Let pudding set for about 2 minutes to thicken slightly.
- Use a rubber spatula to fold the whipped topping into the pudding mixture.
- Add the apples and candy bars to the bowl and stir to coat.
- Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
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