Best Snicker salad recipe with apples, also called candy bar apple salad recipe or old fashioned caramel apple salad, is such an easy dessert recipe. It will quickly become a favorite fall apple dessert, easy holiday desserts, how to use leftover Halloween candy, or if you’re looking for leftover apple recipes before your apples go bad!
Old Fashioned Snicker Salad Recipe with Apples Easy Recipe
This Snicker apple salad (also called Snickers caramel apple salad or Snickers Cool Whip apple salad) is a quick and easy dessert for any holiday party, Halloween party food, summer cookout, or kids’ birthday party. This sweet treat with a mix of crunchy from the apple and chocolate and caramel from the candy bars is a family favorite recipe at our house! Definitely add it to your next potluck or fall apple season activities with kids! (It’s also one of those easy recipes for kids to make on their own!)
How Do You Make Snickers Salad?
The recipe for Snickers apple salad is made with just these four ingredients:
- Cool Whip (whipped cream)
- Vanilla Instant Pudding
- Tart apples like Granny Smith apples (green apples are the best apples for this, not red apples)
- Chopped Snickers candy bars into bite-sized pieces
- Caramel sauce (optional for topping drizzle, we leave it off)
See the full recipe for Snickers salad below and print it with the recipe card. Keep scrolling for recipe tips and recipe FAQs, including answering can you make apple salad the night before.
Tips For Making Snicker Salad with Pudding and Cool Whip
This salad with Snickers and apples is almost like a big caramel apple that’s been deconstructed. It’s the perfect combination for a salad dessert!
Some people also make their sweet Snickers apple salad with cream cheese, but I like the light, fluffy texture of it without. (But, it’s good with cream cheese, too!) I’ve also heard of people using sour cream, but I haven’t tried it that way.
People also like to add different fruit, likes grapes or strawberries as a Snickers fruit salad or even a Snicker salad with bananas.
You can also make this Snicker salad without apples, but the apples really do add an extra crunch that’s delicious with this easy dessert!
It’s definitely a recipe that you can play around with and see what your family likes best because it has such simple ingredients!
(It also seems like people who like ambrosia salad, fresh fruit grape salad, or watergate salad also like this Snickers dessert salad recipe!)
Also, it’s a great recipe for leftover candy from Halloween recipes!
What is Snickers Salad?
Snickers chopped salad, also called Candy Bar Apple Salad, is a chilled, whipped cream salad made with Snickers candy bars and crunchy apples. It is a light, creamy dessert alternative that works well as a snack or even a dessert option for a large gathering when you need a fast and easy dessert recipe or sweet side dish.
(Apple and snickers salad or candy bar salad sounds weird, but it really is a dessert delicious recipe!)
This is a sweet salad with fruit and not a salad with lettuce or green salad.
And, the best part? Since it’s just a handful of ingredients, it’s also really easy to double the recipe and only takes a few minutes to make!
That makes this Snicker bar salad with apples perfect for last minute quick recipes and large gatherings, church event, or family holidays! (This recipe can feed a lot of people!)
We’ve been making this green apple snicker salad for family gatherings and cookouts forever and it’s one of those party dishes that’s always a hit with all ages.
Do you peel apples for Snicker salad?
No, there is no need to peel the apples for the Snickers tart dessert salad. Simply wash and dry crisp apples. Then, core and chop the apples into bite sized pieces before adding them to your candy salad.
Can you make Snicker apple salad without pudding?
You can make apple Snicker salad without pudding. Just leave out the pudding and only use whipped cream for a light and fluffy candy bar dessert. Some people also make candy bar salad with cream cheese. However, using the pudding mixture in this dessert recipe really adds and extra creaminess and depth that you will miss with the tart Granny Smith apples if you don’t use it!
(I don’t recommend making this as a Snicker salad recipe without pudding!)
Want to make your own whipped cream for the dessert? (Good choices for caramel apple Snickers salad!) Try: Homemade Whipped Cream
Easy Recipe Tip: To save time, use those prepackaged instant vanilla pudding mix cups!
What are the best apples for Snicker salad?
The best apples for caramel Snickers salad are crunchy, tart Granny Smith apples. Some people use any kind of fresh apples (like red delicious apples or pink lady apples), but green tart apples are the best for this recipe.
Can you make Snicker salad the night before?
You may be wondering can you make apple snicker salad the night before. You can make Snicker salad the day before you need the recipe, but don’t make it too far ahead of time. The next day, stir the candy bar salad recipe thoroughly. Immediately served the fruit salad with apples and Snickers.
RECIPE TIP: After cutting the Granny Smith apples for the recipe, toss them in lemon juice. It will keep the apples from turning brown for a little while longer.
You’ll also like this no cook banana pudding recipe!
So, how long does snickers apple salad last?
How long does Snickers salad last?
The Snicker bar salad recipe with apples is best made the day of or the night before. The Snickers apple salad will last in the refrigerator in an airtight container for only a couple of days. Past that, the apples will brown and become mushy and the salad tends to get watery.
Let’s get to our Snickers apple salad with pudding!
Easy Snicker Apple Salad Recipe
Some people make this snicker apple salad with cream cheese, too, for a thicker, creamier dessert salad (or even a snickers salad recipe without pudding).
Just allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature before adding it to the recipe so that it’s easier to stir.
(You can add Snickers salad with pudding and cream cheese, if you want.)
We also made our apple Snicker salad with vanilla pudding, but I suppose you could play around with different pudding flavors — maybe Snicker apple salad with butterscotch pudding or chocolate pudding? (I’ve never tried it, but flavored pudding with sweetness of the candy bars and tartness of the chopped apples may overpower this apple Snickers salad recipes!)
Someone recently told me that they add Milky Way candy bars too. Next time I’ll try it that way and then let you know.
If you’re looking for a quick dessert (or easy desserts for a crowd), this is a good one because it’s fast to make and you can easily double (or triple it) for the size of your group or event!
This is such a simple recipe that you can throw it together for last-minute gatherings or outings (or even a simple snack at home).
If you want a little extra flavor for the caramel Snickers apple salad, stir your apple salad and then give it drizzle of caramel sauce right before serving. (The drizzle caramel sauce makes a pretty presentation for this Snickers pudding dessert, too!)
If you want a great presentation, make this into a Snickers parfait and layer the ingredients into cool parfait cups for serving (instead of mixing it all together in a big bowl).
- 16 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
- 4 single serving packs Vanilla pudding , (pre-made, snack-size packs)
- 4 Granny Smith apples, chopped
- 4 Snickers bars
- Caramel sauce, optional
- Wash and chop Granny Smith apples. Add to a large mixing bowl.
- Cut Snickers candy bar into bite size pieces and add to the mixing bowl.
- Add 16 ounces of Cool Whip to the mixing bowl. Stir.
- Add 4 single serving vanilla pudding packs to the mixing bowl. Stir until Snickers, apples, Cool Whip and pudding are combined.
- Cover and chill until ready to serve. Serve within one day. Drizzle with caramel topping before serving (optional).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.
Now let’s get to our recipe and read project for kids! (By the way, this makes an easy REBUS recipe for kids, too!)
Recipe For Snickers Salad with Apples Paired with An Apple for Harriet Tubman Book
We decided to pair up the salad with Snickers and granny smith apples with the book An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennette Tilley Turner and illustrated by Susan Keeter.
From the book:
Like other enslaved African American children, young Harriet Tubman had to work hard.
In her master’s orchard, she spent long hours picking the juicy apples she was forbidden to eat.
Harriet vowed to one day be free and to grow apple trees of her own. When she was grown, she made her escape to the North.
Then, repeatedly risking her life, she returned to lead many other African Americans to freedom.
As we were studying Harriet Tubman in homeschool, we came across a fantastic story about her.
It wasn’t a story that was documented in history books. Instead, it was a story that was recounted by one of her relatives.
The relative told that one of Harriet’s job as a small girl on a plantation was to pick apples.
However, as an enslaved person, she wasn’t allowed to eat the apples — not even one of them! If Harriet snuck and ate the apples, she was beaten.
After she gained freedom and moved to New York, she planted an apple orchard of her own.
She then shared the apples with the entire town and anyone that needed food or wanted the apples.
Isn’t that a great story?
We love Harriet Tubman’s story and her leadership.
We were so interested to learn about her apple story, so we decided to pair the story with a theme recipe using apples and make our granny smith apple Snickers salad recipe!
Listed Book Age Range: 4-8 years, but it does cover the struggles of Harriet Tubman as an enslaved person. Age 4 might be a little young. Just review the book before you read it to your younger kids.
We like to read the book before we make the recipe. That way we can discuss what we learned in the book while we make the recipe and relate it to the recipe we’re making.
Let us know what you think about this apple salad snickers recipe!
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