Snickers Salad with vanilla pudding, Cool Whip, candy bars and apples is chewy, creamy, tart and sweet, the perfect potluck summer dessert.
Like other popular creamy dessert salads such as Watergate Salad, Ambrosia Salad and Grape Salad, this “salad” won’t disappoint your summer crowd.
This may not be your traditional salad, this easy recipe will be a hit at your next potluck or summer bbq party! Chopped up candy bars, creamy vanilla pudding mixed with Cool Whip (try this homemade version) or Easy Whipped Cream, and tart granny smith apples in a large bowl, this recipe is easy, creamy, sweet and sour with bits of peanut-caramel-nougat bites of candy bar bits.
It’s like a caramel apple dessert with a creamy vanilla whipped topping. How bad can that be right? You can even top it with some caramel sauce to make it more indulgent or give it more of a cheesecake flavor (like classic New York Cheesecake) by substituting the vanilla pudding for cream cheese (make sure it’s room temperature) and skipping the cup of milk. You will need about ⅓ cup of additional sugar as well.
Just like Grape Salad, this American comfort food dessert salad recipe is a hit during the holidays too (especially Easter and Thanksgiving).
It works well for large crowds too – just be sure if you are taking your time to prep the apples, toss them in a bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning. This recipe is perfect for potlucks, picnics, BBQs and office parties (you will be the hit of your office party!).
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Frequently Asked Questions
Whisk together the vanilla instant pudding and 1 cup milk
Let instant pudding mixture sit for five minutes.
Fold in one container Cool Whip topping.
Add in the chopped granny smith apples.
Fold in the bite-size pieces of Snickers Candy bars.
Refrigerate until serving.
Snickers Salad isn’t just reserved for Granny Smith Apples. Next time you make this, if you want another fun fruit option try using bananas. This version is the best banana pudding recipe you’ll ever serve!
Swap the vanilla pudding mix for banana pudding.
Swap the apples for sliced bananas (be sure to use firm bananas, not very ripe ones).
Add crushed vanilla wafers to the top of the Snickers Salad just before serving.
If bananas alone aren’t a flavor you’d like, you can bring the flavor of the tropics into your dessert. Replace the vanilla pudding with banana pudding, and swap the Granny Smith apples with half bananas and half strawberries. Then add in 1 cup of crushed pineapples (drained and squeezed to remove juice) to your pudding mixture. Top with maraschino cherries snd sweetened shredded coconut.
More Easy Side Dishes: Summer wouldn’t be summer without easy sides you can serve along side this Snickers Apple Salad Recipe.
- Potato Salad – THE classic summer side dish.
- Easy Fruit Salad – Add a healthy fruit salad option along side this creamy dessert recipe.
- Macaroni Salad – Perfectly easy, creamy and quick.
- Cole Slaw – Using pre-shredded cabbage makes this a 5 minute dish!
- Baked Beans – These are AWARD WINNING baked beans – multiple awards.
- Baked Mac and Cheese – You will LOVE this recipe and make it for every get-together.
- Pasta Salad – The classic summer side (made with bottled or homemade dressing recipes).
How to Store Snickers Salad
- Serve: Do not leave Snickers Salad at room temperature longer than 2 hours, due to the dairy in the recipe.
- Store: While leftovers are rare, they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
- Freeze: It is not recommended to freeze this recipe, as it will become runny when thawed and the apples will turn brown.
- 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup whole milk
- 8 ounces Cool Whip , (homemade recipe)
- 6 Granny Smith apples
- 1 1/2 cups chopped Snickers bars , 6 full size bars
- Whisk together the vanilla pudding and milk and let sit for five minutes before gently folding in Cool Whip.
- Add in the chopped apples and Snickers bars and refrigerate until ready to serve.
I haven’t made it, but I have eaten it. It truly made me gag.
Did someone else make this recipe for you?
If I’m making snicker salad the day before serving do I need to put some lemon on the apples so they don’t turn brown?
completely unholy. completely amazing. 10/10, will be making fo rfamily
This recipe reminds me of my mom. Good salad tho. She came up with the craziest recipes and when she left us she wouldn’t tell us how she did it.
can i use non instant pudding?
Yes, just make it as directed and then move on to the next steps.
How long will this last in the fridge and with the apples can you freeze it?
It’ll last up to a few days in the refrigerator. You’ll just make to make sure the apples don’t start to brown. I don’t recommend freezing it though.
Can I use 1 percent milk or can I use somethings else?
Yes, that will work too.
Do I peel apple!
I have made this before but I have never used pudding in it will try it next time
I hope you enjoy it, Donna.
I was just wondering I cannot eat nuts can I use a different type of a candy bar maybe Milky Way Three Musketeers
I haven’t had this since I was a kid! So good and such a classic!
Such a nostalgic dish.
This is a must for any BBQ or cook out!
I hope you enjoy it!
This is the best dessert salad ever! Creamy and delicious!
I’m so glad you guys enjoyed it! Thanks for coming back to let me know!
Not that I ever need an excuse to eat some Snickers, but this is the perfect one. 😉
I know, right?!
Now this is my kind of salad! I think I’m going to be making this one all summer long!
I love that you can honestly say, I had a salad for lunch. haha!
I have been making this for a few years. I like to drizzle a little caramel syrup when I serve it. I also do a Reese cup version with chocolate pudding mix, chopped apples (or omit and chop up banana when ready to serve), chopped Reese cups. So good
What if I accidentally add 2cups of milk for the pudding is that ok or will it ruin the coolwhip?
Sorry, I am not sure what would happen with the added milk!