Snickers Apple Salad

Loaded with crisp, tangy apples, caramel, candy bars, and a creamy dressing, this amazing Snickers Apple Salad is perfect for potlucks, family gatherings, or anytime you need a show-stopping dish to share.

Snickers apple salad in a casserole dish

Before you think I’m a little bit crazy for putting candy bars into a fruit salad, hear me out: this is the tangiest, crispest, creamiest, most delicious thing on the planet! The combination of flavors tastes just like a candy apple – only better! 

More of a dessert salad, this dish goes by many names, including Snickers Salad, Candy Salad, Candy Apple Salad, and Caramel Apple Salad, but no matter what you call it, everyone loves it. 

And it’s so easy to make! This recipe has a handful of easy-to-find ingredients, and it comes together in a pinch! Mix it up, serve it, and sit back for all the compliments!

What Is Snickers Salad?

There’s no lettuce in this salad, but there is a whole lot of flavor! Imagine the flavors of a chocolate and caramel candy apple, but in the kind of dish you eat with a fork! This Candy Salad features tart Granny Smith apples, nutty Snickers candy bars, caramel, and a sauce that’s creamy and refreshing. It might seem like an odd combination of ingredients, but trust me, it’s fabulous!

Snickers apple salad in a casserole dish in a vintage 50’s kitchen background


  • Instant vanilla pudding mix – You want the kind in a box. A 3.4-ounce box.
  • Milk – Whole milk is best for this recipe.
  • Cool Whip – Thawed in the fridge.
  • Granny Smith Apples – These tangy and bright green apples are perfect in this recipe.
  • Snickers candy bars – Full-sized bars. 
  • Caramel sauce

What Are The Best Apples For Snickers Salad

Granny Smith apples, those bright green tart apples, are the best in this recipe. Other good picks include not-too-sweet apples with plenty of crunch. Gala, Braeburn, and Jonagold apples are also good choices, but they are a bit on the sweeter side.

How To Make The Best Snickers Apple Salad

  1. Whisk the vanilla pudding mix and milk in a large bowl until it is smooth and creamy.
  2. Stir half the caramel sauce, and then fold in the Cool Whip.
  3. Core and dice all but one of the apples. Set the remaining apple aside.
  4. Dice the Snickers Bar into ½-inch pieces.
  5. Fold the diced apples and Snickers. Mix well, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Top with remaining diced apple and Snickers, and drizzle with remaining caramel sauce before serving.
Snickers apple salad in a casserole dish in a vintage kitchen background


  • Make sure you’re using vanilla pudding powder. The kind that comes in a box. Ready-to-eat vanilla pudding won’t work in this recipe.
  • If your Cool Whip is frozen, pop the container in the fridge the night before, so it is perfectly thawed when you’re ready to use it.
  • Toss the diced apple with lemon juice or citrus soda if you’re making this Snickers Salad recipe ahead of time, so the apples don’t brown.
  • Save some Snickers and apple pieces for garnishing the top of the salad.
  • Double the recipe if you need enough for a crowd.


Feel free to experiment with this salad and see what other delicious combinations of ingredients you can come up with! Here are my suggestions:

  • Change up the apples, or swap the apples for bananas, strawberries, pears, or blueberries.
  • Use a different pudding flavor – there are no wrong answers here, try something new!
  • Try the salad with other candy bars – use all your favorites!
  • Swap the caramel sauce for chocolate sauce, butterscotch, or even strawberry syrup.
Closeup of snickers apple salad in a white casserole dish

Serving Suggestions

Even though it’s called Snickers Apple Salad, this is pretty much a dessert recipe. I love serving it after a hearty casserole, a classic like Chicken Fried Steak, or tasty baked pork chops. This is also a yummy brunch salad – it’s not just for dinner!


Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for about a day. The apples will start to turn brown if you leave this salad for too long, so it’s best eaten fresh.

Snickers Apple Salad


  • 3.4 Oz instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3/4 Cup whole milk
  • 8 Oz cool whip thawed
  • 6 Granny Smith apples divided, reserve one for garnish
  • 6 full size Snickers bars divided, reserve one for garnish
  • 1/2 Cup caramel sauce


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the vanilla pudding and milk until smooth and creamy. Stir in half of the caramel sauce.  Fold in the Cool Whip. 
  • Core and chop all but one of the apples. Toss with lemon juice or citrus soda if making the salad in advance.
  • Fold in the chopped apples and snickers. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Just before serving, top with remaining Apple and snickers and drizzle with the other half of the caramel sauce.

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