Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

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Snickers apple salad is a classic caramel apple dessert salad recipe made with crunchy apples, chewy chunks of Snickers, creamy pudding, and Cool Whip. The easy recipe makes a sweet side dish or delicious dessert for family gatherings and potlucks. 

Snickers Apple Salad in a white bowl, 3 apples in background and 2 Snickers candy bars in foreground.

Don’t let the title fool you– this snicker apple salad recipe is not your typical green salad or fruit salad. It is a sweet salad, similar to a watergate salad, Jello salad, or strawberry pretzel salad.

In fact, the sweet and creamy candy bar salad is a classic dessert salad recipe that goes way back. It is no wonder this retro dessert recipe has made it through the test of time — it is quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious. It is truly the perfect mix of crispy, crunchy, and creamy.

Apple snicker salad in a white bowl with chunks of candy bars, red and green apples, and a creamy dressing.

Why you will love this apple snickers salad recipe

  • Easy to make with simple ingredients. All you need are 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time.
  • Great any time of the year. While this easy no-bake apple recipe is great for Fall and apple season, I also love serving it as a cool treat for summer parties and BBQs. Like apple nachos, it is a great dessert to make any time of the year.
  • Perfect for potlucks and parties. Like strawberry fluff dessert salad, this old-fashioned candy bar apple salad recipe can be made ahead of time and is easily transported. Try serving it up at your next potluck! Just be prepared for everyone to ask you for the delicious recipe!
  • Tastes incredible. The sweet candy bar chunks perfectly complement the tart apples for a sweet treat that tastes similar to a delicious caramel apple.

Ingredients

You will find the full recipe with instructions and measurements and all that good stuff at the bottom of this page in the printable recipe card. But first, take a minute to read through the ingredient notes, step-by-step instructions with photos, and recipe tips below.

Start by gathering your ingredients. For this easy dessert recipe you will need:

  • Apples – cut into bite-sized pieces (this tool helps!)
  • Snickers bars – cut into bite-sized pieces. Other chocolate candy bars such as Milky Way or Twix bars could also be used.
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix – butterscotch pudding mix is a good choice, too!
  • Milk
  • Cool Whiphomemade whipped topping can be used as well.
  • Caramel sauce – for drizzling over the top (optional).

The Best Apples for Snickers Salad

The best apples for Snicker salad are crisp and slightly tart varieties such as granny smith, red delicious, and cortland. Although you can use sweet apples if you prefer a sweeter salad.

I like to use a mix of green and red apples for color. I typically grab half Granny Smith apples and half Red Delicious or Honeycrisp apples. Choosing crisp, tart apples like Granny Smith helps to offset the sweetness of the other ingredients.

Snickers Salad with Snickers Bars next to the bowl.

How to Make Apple Snickers Salad

Making Snickers Salad is easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Whisk pudding mix and milk together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Fold whipped topping, apples, and Snickers into the pudding mixture.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then drizzle with caramel sauce just before serving if desired.
Caramel Apple Dessert Salad with snicker bars and caramel drizzle.

Storage

Store in an airtight container or a bowl covered tightly with plastic wrap for up to 2-3 days. Give the salad a good stir before serving.

Recipe FAQ

Do you peel apples for snickers salad?

You do not need to peel the apples when making this dessert. However, if you prefer our apples peeled you can certainly do so.

Can you make snicker salad the night before?

Yes, you can make snickers salad the night before. Just make sure to mix it well to ensure all the apples are covered so that they do not brown.

Can I use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip?

Yes, homemade whipped cream can be used in place of the whipped topping. However, since whipped cream isn’t stabilized it will not keep as well as Cool Whip will so I recommend serving the same day.

Caramel Apple Snickers Salad served in a bowl.

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Snickers Salad with Snickers Bars next to the bowl
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4.59 from 127 votes

Apple Snickers Salad

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Snickers Apple Salad is a classic chocoalte and caramel apple dessert salad recipe made with Snickers candy bars, crunchy apples, vanilla pudding, and Cool Whip. Great for potlucks!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip thawed
  • 4 apples cored and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 4 (1.86 oz) Snickers bars chopped into bite-size pieces
  • caramel sauce for topping (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix together for 2 minutes.
  • Fold in Cool Whip.
  • Fold in apples and Snickers.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to serve. Drizzle with caramel sauce just before serving, if desired.

Notes

Apples: Tart Granny Smith apples are the classic choice… but I like to use a mix of red apples and green apples so I grab half Granny Smith and half Red Delicious.
Storage: Refrigerate for up to 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Snickers Salad with Snickers Bars next to the bowl

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18 Comments

  1. This is the best and always loved. I find it easier to freeze the snickers and break them up with a kitchen hammer in a zip loc bag. Enjoy…

  2. My grandson loves loves loves this! He’s a fruit eater and loves snockers! A perfect dessert!!

    1. Yes, you can use homemade whipped cream but I would recommend serving it soon after as the whipped cream wouldn’t keep as well overnight as the Cool Whip would.

  3. Can you make this salad 24 hours ahead of time? Or will that make it soggy? Also, will the apples brown if I make it too far in advance? Thanks!

    1. Yes, you can make it 24 hours in advance and just give it a stir before serving. I haven’t had any issues with the apples browning, I think somehow the pudding and Cool Whip covering them help prevent it from happening. Enjoy!

  4. I am making this for a 3rd time!! I have made it before for family dinners. Everyone was disappointed that I didn’t make it for Thanksgiving. We are having a Christmas/New Year dinner, so I’m not going to disappoint again!!!

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