This Caramel Apple Snickers Salad is a deliciously sweet treat perfect for summer potlucks or fall gatherings. Apples and Snickers candy bars are combined with a creamy pudding mixture, then drizzled with caramel, it’s sure to go over well with everyone you know!
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Caramel Apple Candy Salad
Caramel Apple Snickers Salad is a common dessert recipe here in the States, kind of! I’m sure this is a recipe most of y’all have either had or at least know about. It seems most families have their own variation.
For me, this ranks high on my favorite sweet “fluff” type salads. Although it doesn’t have marshmallows like many sweet salads, it’s still full of yummy goodness like apples, candy bars, pudding, Cool Whip, and caramel! It’s a total treat!
It almost feels wrong calling this recipe a salad, doesn’t it?! But that’s what we grew up calling it. I love that this Snickers salad is versatile enough to be a side dish, yet sweet enough to be a dessert. It’s not something we have too often, but it’s a real treat when we do!
With how easy and delicious this Caramel Apple Snickers Salad is, you’ll want to serve this up all fall long – or heck, all year long! I often share this recipe at potlucks!
Is it a salad? A side dish? A dessert? All three?! No matter where you classify it, this Caramel Apple Snickers Salad is a treat for all ages! I hope you enjoy it!
Snickers Salad: Ingredients & Equipment
For this Caramel Apple Snickers Salad recipe, you’ll need …
- milk, vanilla pudding mix, and Cool Whip – this forms the sweet “base” of your salad. If you don’t have or like Cool Whip, any sweet whipped topping will do.
- snickers – chopped to bite-sized pieces. This is one important half of the salad, since it is a Snickers salad, after all!
- apples – cored and chopped. The OTHER important half of your salad! You can use any of your favorite kinds for the recipe. Note that if you want to prevent browning on the apples, dip them in lemon juice beforehand – they’ll stay nice and fresh-looking!
- caramel sauce – this is your salad’s “dressing” and you’ll add it after it’s done chilling in the fridge!
- large bowl – to mix your Snickers salad, of course!
Snickers Apple Salad: FAQs
Only about 10 minutes give or take. You’re just going to mix the ingredients! However, be aware you’ll have to chill the salad for about 2 hours to let the flavors settle!
It should make 10-12 servings, depending on portion size, of course! Still, even with big portions, this recipe should feed the whole family more or less!
I like using a tart/sour kind of apple, like Granny Smith! You can also use other sweeter types like:
– Golden Delicious
– Red Delicious
Any of your favorites should be good, as long as they’re somewhat crisp!
Oh, lots! I suggest trying …
🍫 – Chocolate chips
🍯 – Graham crackers
🍡 – Marshmallows
🍌 – Other fruits, like bananas or grapes
🍬 – Toffee or other chopped-up candy bits
🥜 – Nuts, if no one’s allergic, like chopped pecans, walnuts, or peanuts!!
I also know that some people put this on top of a pie crust, and while I haven’t tried it, it’s apparently out of this world tasty!
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Caramel Apple Snickers Salad
Caramel Apple Snickers Salad is a deliciously sweet treat perfect for summer potlucks or fall gatherings. Apples and Snickers candy bars are combined with a creamy pudding mixture, then drizzled with caramel.
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 package (5.1 oz.) vanilla or French vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 tub (16 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 6 regular size Snickers candy bars, chopped
- 4-5 medium-size apples, cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
- In a large bowl, whisk the milk, pudding mix, and Cool Whip until well combined.
- Stir in the candy bars and apples.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- When it is time to serve, drizzle the caramel sauce over the salad or over individual servings.
- The best apple choices are tart/sour apples like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Gala, Red Delicious, or Fuji.
- Looking to try some different add-ins? Try chocolate chips, graham crackers, marshmallows, other fruits like bananas or grapes, toffee or other chopped-up candy bits, or nuts, if no one’s allergic - like chopped pecans, walnuts, or peanuts!!
- Try using this salad as a filling for a no-bake pie! It's great in a graham cracker crust!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 3gSugar: 40gProtein: 4g
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Originally published on October 4, 2016. Updated on July 6, 2022.
Sounds wonderful … I say "Eat more salad!"
Forget side dish and forget dessert too, if it's got apples it's healthy and I'd call it dinner.
Diana - FreeStyleMama
I love this!! YUM!
Oh wow! This looks amazing Jamie! And easy to make too! I gotta pin it cuz I know I'm gonna love it!
Anything with candy bars in it gets my seal of approval! This salad looks fantastic! A Hit Jamie!
Linda @ With A Blast
I want some now! But as a dessert 😉 I just can not get around the idea of serving something like this as a side-dish ! Lol… my family would then really think I've lost any marbles I "might" have left !
Oh my gosh, yes, just yes! This sounds amazing! This has my top three favorite things in it. There is nothing better than caramel, apple and snickers. I have never had them together, but you better believe I'm going to now! Thanks for sharing the recipe and linking up to Thrifty Thursday.
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My sister made this for Christmas one year and I ate so much of it I truly got sick. It was worth it:) Love this stuff. We would love to have you link up at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party at MadeFromPinterest.net. We feature our most viewed and favorites the following Sunday. We would so love to have you on board!
Sherri (the Baby of the Family)
I think we could have this for dessert don't you? YUM! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great weekend!
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Ali @ JamHands.net
That looks fantastic! I am a sucker for sweet 'salads' like this. hehe!
Tag! You're it! 🙂
I don't think it matters how you classify salads like this one. They're deliciously EDIBLE 🙂
Oh yummy! I remember my mom making these a couple times…they are definite my favorite salad! Ha! Thanks for sharing this recipe… I think I know what I'm making with all these apples!
Oh my goodness. I had a salad just like this this past weekend and I don't know how I stopped from eating the entire bowl! SOOO delicious and looks easy to make!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Ok, this is the type of salad I really love! It has candy in it!
Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I am so glad you shared.
My vote is for dessert.
I'm guessing this tastes sort of like one of those fancy nut-covered caramel apples? Oh my goodness.
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Thanks for sharing with us on Marvelous Monday! Pinned!
I've seen this salad before and always tell myself I HAVE to try it, LOL. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.
My mom would love this!! I should make it for her at Thanksgiving. =)
I would honestly serve it as a dessert option. I've had this before and it's delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
My daughter-in-law brought the Caramel Apple Salad for Thanksgiving one year and it was the first thing to go:) It's funny because that same year my sister brought the Pistachio Salad!! Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesday! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines
Hey Jamie, thanks for linking up to The Weekend re-Treat Link Party on The Best Blog Recipes! Your post will be featured tomorrow on a separate "Featured Post" that will go live before the party starts at 5pm!
Hope to see you link up again this week with us!
I think it's fabulous! I'd love to make it for dessert and I have no doubt it'll be a big hit 🙂
I would serve this as a side dish or a dessert too. With all the other ambrosia type salads out there this one would fit right in and probably be the hit of any meal 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing this in the link party it looks so yummy i might just have to try it!! Snickers are my absolute favorite halloween candy to get! https://www.facebook.com/craftscakesandcats
Is it possible to use the canned whipped cream? Or will it get runny?
Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
Hi Tessa! I think it would it would get runny, but honestly, I've never tried so I'm really not sure?!
I love that you call this a salad, its a fun salad! Sounds delish and a great way to use leftover Halloween candy:))
Do you peel the apples as well or do you just need to core and chop them? How long does it keep in the fridge? This looks so good and I just want to make sure it turns out the same! Thanks!
You can peel the apples if you prefer – but you don’t have to! It should be good in the fridge for 3-5 days.