Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

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It’s nearly time to transition from peach season to apple season and I can’t think of a better way to do that than this Snickers Caramel Apple Salad, a classic easy recipe that’s a real favorite with kids and makes a fabulous fall snack.

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad


Snickers Caramel Apple Salad is a great make-ahead recipe for potlucks and block parties and can easily feed a crowd.

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad


Calling it a salad confuses some people in the same way that Watergate Salad does. It’s really a dessert. And it reminds me of the time years ago I took my niece and nephew to Cracker Barrel. My nephew was only 2 or 3 at the time and I told him he could pick out some candy. “Mommy doesn’t allow us to have candy,” he said. But he was looking around at the assortment of candy with huge eyes. He heard his sister say look at these Peanuts. They were those marshmallow peanuts that aren’t peanuts at all. But I could tell the wheels started turning in my nephew’s brain when his eyes suddenly doubled in size and a devious grin spread across his face. It occured to him that he could eat this candy and tell his mother he ate peanuts. LOL!

And I am sure he would happily eat this dessert and tell his mother he ate salad! Don’t you love the minds of small children?

Caramel Apple Snickers Salad


Only a few simple ingredients are needed: instant vanilla pudding mix, cool whip, chopped apples, snickers bars (the best part!), and I like to throw a few marshmallows in too, but they are optional. The whole thing gets drizzled with caramel sauce.

Caramel Apple Snickers Salad


Lately I’m really loving Smucker’s Salted Caramel Topping. It has just the right balance of sweet and salty and it is perfect for this Snickers Caramel Apple Salad.

You can use whatever apples you like. A lot of people like the tartness of Granny Smith with the sweetness of the other ingredients. I usually do a mixture of Granny Smith and something like Red Delicious or Gala.

Caramel Apple Snickers Salad

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Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Snickers Caramel Apple Salad is the perfect potluck recipe for fall. Drizzled with caramel sauce with lots of crunchy goodness from fall apples.
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  • 6 small apples, cored and chopped (I like to use a blend of Granny Smith and Red Delicious)
  • 6 (1.86-ounce) Snickers Bars, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 (5.1-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix,
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container Cool Whip
  • 1 cup marshmallows, optional
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce


  • Whisk together pudding mix and milk in a large bowl. Fold in Cool Whip.
  • Fold in apples, chopped Snickers, and marshmallows.
  • Drizzle caramel sauce on top.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 313kcal


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70 thoughts on “Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

  1. I made it for a graduation party and it was a hit! I did put my apples in lemon juice and water to prevent browning. Good, easy recipe! Thank you sharing it!

  2. My apples turned brown pretty quickly, so it didn’t look as appetizing. Is there a way they won’t brown as quickly?

    1. You can help prevent sliced apples from turning brown by soaking them in lemon juice. Pour lemon juice over the cut apples then drain.

    2. If you dip you apples in7up or other citrus juice it will keep them from turning brown. I like 7 up better than lemon juice because it doesnโ€™t leave a flavor in the apples

  3. Can you use a bit of marshmallow cream instead of the mini marshmallows.
    Theyโ€™d g this out tomorrow! Wish me luck.

  4. I am going to try making this with sugar free pudding, sugar free caramel sauce, and sugar free pudding to cut down on the sugars/carbs.

  5. Hi! I just saw this recipe last night and I decided that I really wanted to make it but I looked in my cupboard and i didn’t have pudding or the snickers. So, I instead but banana flavored cream cheese and for the candy I put junior mints and it was amazing! I had no idea that banana and mint would go together! I honestly recommend ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. My great grandmother used to make this every 4th and now I can! Thank you she passed and this tastes exactly like hers. Directions were easy and everything turned out great.

  7. As soon as I whisked the milk and pudding mix together it went to junk. I still finished it and it is just clumps if vanilla all over.

        1. I use a whisk and sprinkle the pudding mix over the milk as I whisk. This avoids lumps. It’s very thick and you have to fold the cool whip in carefully. I have discovered that when you add the apples and refrigerate it, it becomes thinner as the fruit gives off liquid, so that salad becomes more watery. If it doesn’t start out thick, you end up with a runny mess. This recipe is PERFECT!

      1. I just went to the store to get the ingredients for this…. accidentally got the kind I need to cook. Is there a way I can make it work with the kind you need to cook??

  8. Do you serve this as a dip or you just take a bowl full of it and eat it? If its a dip, what would you dip in it?

    Sounds Delish

    1. It’s probabley too chunky to eat as a dip, but if you cut the apples really small it might work. Would taste great with some homemade baked tortilla chips sprinkled with a little cinnamon and sugar!

      1. My thoughts on the dip would be to add everything together BUT the apples. Then you could use sliced apples to dip in it…might work, but haven’t tried it yet.

  9. I’ve never tried this salad before and I was wondering if you could put red grapes in it also? It sounds just wonderful.

  10. I’ve never made this before but was wondering if adding red grapes along with the apples would be good? What are your thoughts?

  11. I add 1 package of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter. I substitute Reeseโ€™s Peanut Butter Cups and Twix for the candy.

  12. I too have made this but used Milky Ways candy bars as I have a grand child allergic to peanuts. It was still wonderful

  13. I can’t wait to make this! Have all the ingredients except apples so off to town in the morning for apples! Gonna take this salad to our local moose lodge! Hope they like it!

  14. Has anyone ever tried this with chocolate pudding? It’s what I have in my cupboard right now ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. Can u put this in the freezer same day u make it? I have a long drive to the bbq at a friends house am afraid it will get warm and start to run. (Making it same as i am taking it)

  16. I took this to a picnic last summer and one lady said “this is so good I would eat it even if a fly got in it”. I get so many compliments on this recipe. Thank you for sharing it with us. Toby B.

    1. My daughter and I make this for all of our big holiday family get togethers, and it’s amazing! I can tell you from experience that by the second day, it’s ALWAYS watery. For the best results, you should serve it within hours of making it. If you chill all of the ingredients before making, you can serve it right away.

  17. Haha aaaw your nephew sounds so so cute ๐Ÿ™‚ This salad is the best way to kick start apple season! It looks so decadent and delicious!

  18. How sad that we have to start thinking about fall, but this dessert salad is making me feel better about it. Snickers is on my list of top 3 favorite candy, so this is looking pretty dang good to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Kids are so cute, and I’m pretty sure this is the only salad my older son would be happy to eat! Haha. I’ve never seen anything like this — it looks so incredibly good!

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