Snickers Salad

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.

Snickers Salad

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!).

Apple Snickers Salad in a white bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make Snickers Salad?

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.

Can I make Banana Pudding Snickers Salad with this recipe?

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.

How can I add tropical flavors to Snickers Salad?

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.
Snickers Apple Salad Recipe in white bowl from top down

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Apple Snickers Salad

Snickers Salad made with vanilla pudding, Cool whip and apples. Chewy, creamy, tart and sweet, the perfect potluck summer dessert.
Yield 10 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 5.1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. I was just wondering I cannot eat nuts can I use a different type of a candy bar maybe Milky Way Three Musketeers

      1. 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