Snicker Salad

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Snicker Salad – a sweet and tart dessert salad that is made with whipped cream, vanilla pudding mix, green apples and Snickers candy. A potluck staple that is super easy to make!

When I was growing up, this Snickers Salad was at pretty much every event, every potluck, and every family gathering. It is a Mid-West staple, and so darn easy to make!

Yes, this has the word salad in the title, but it is definitely a dessert. And one that is great for anytime you have people getting together, it feeds a lot!

snicker apple salad in a bowl

 

Snicker Salad

I grew up calling this Snicker Apple Salad, in Minnesota and Wisconsin, it was just what I knew it as. But over the years I have also heard it called Candy Salad, Caramel Apple Salad and now just Snickers Salad.

One variation you will see a lot if a drizzle of caramel over the top. That wasn’t traditional for my family, but it would definitely be a delicious addition. This is probably the one and only time I will say it is sweet enough and doesn’t need it. But if you love it, make it that way!

snicker salad ingredients

What You’ll Need

  • Granny Smith Apples – the tart apples work well, everything else is very sweet
  • Snickers Candy Bars- you need 4-5 full size, or I use 12 fun size
  • Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • Milk
  • Heavy Whipping Cream or Cool Whip

When I was a kid it was always a tub of Cool Whip in this salad, but as I have grown up, I much prefer to make fresh whipped cream and use that, it is so good!

apples and snickers added to a mixing bowl

How To Make Snicker Salad

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  1. Wash your apples well and cut them into small cubes. Then cut your Snickers candy into small chunks.
  2. If you are using heavy cream, whip your cream to stiff peaks.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together milk and vanilla pudding mix until well combined.
  4. If you are using Cool Whip, add it to the pudding mixture and mix until well combined. If you are using fresh whipped cream, add the pudding mixture to the whipped cream and whisk until well combined and still has stiff peaks.
  5. Add in the apples and snickers, and stir until well combined.
  6. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
spooning candy salad out of serving bowl

Recipe Variations

This is a very basic recipe, that you can mix up to make different version for different events.

  • Add caramel sauce. Lots of recipes call for adding about 1/4 cup of caramel over the top before serving.
  • You can use sugar free version of the pudding and Cool Whip if you wanted to cut down on the calories
  • Mix up the candy! Milky Way, Twix, Kit Kat all work really well instead of the Snickers.
  • Vanilla is the classic flavor for the pudding in this recipe, but others would work well. Use butterscotch or maybe try chocolate for something different.
  • Grapes instead of apples would be a fun twist for this recipe.
snicker apple salad in a serving bowl

Can Snicker Salad Be Made Ahead

Yes, but the apples tend to turn brown so you want to toss them in lemon juice and then pat them dry before making this. This will leave them white longer and not change the color of your salad. If you treat the apples, you can make this salad about a day ahead of time.

What Apples Go In Snicker Salad

I really like to use Granny Smith apples. You do not need to peel them, just wash them well and then dice them up. They are tart enough they give this dessert the sweet/tart balance and just works well with the other sweet aspects of the dessert.

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4.50 from 4 votes

Snicker Salad

By Erin
Snicker Salad – a sweet and tart dessert salad that is made with whipped cream, vanilla pudding mix, green apples and Snickers candy. A potluck staple that is super easy to make!
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 4 Granny Smith Apples
  • 4-5 Snickers Candy Bars
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, or 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 3.4 oz Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions 

  • Wash your apples well and cut them into small cubes. Then cut your Snickers candy into small chunks.
  • If you are using heavy cream, whip your cream to stiff peaks.
  • In a large bowl whisk together milk and vanilla pudding mix until well combined.
  • If you are using Cool Whip, add it to the pudding mixture and mix until well combined. If you are using fresh whipped cream, add the pudding mixture to the whipped cream and whisk until well combined and still has stiff peaks.
  • Add in the apples and snickers, and stir until well combined.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g

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

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 323
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4 Comments

  1. Now, this is what I call a salad! It’s everything I will ever love in one bowl, and since salad is healthy…