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Candy Bar Apple Salad Recipe

Candy Bar Apple Salad Recipe

This creamy, sweet salad with crisp apple crunch is a real people-pleaser. It makes a lot, which is good, because it will go fast! —Cyndi Fynaardt, Oskaloosa, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 large apples, chopped (about 6 cups)
  • 4 Snickers candy bars (2.07 ounces each), cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in whipped topping. Fold in apples and candy bars. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).

Recipe Note


Test Kitchen Tips

  • Using crisp, tart apples like Granny Smiths helps to balance the sweetness.
  • For a pretty presentation and a bit of extra crunch, sprinkle chopped peanuts over the top.
  • Nutritional Facts

    3/4 cup: 218 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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    sgronholz User ID: 1473861 257405
    Reviewed Nov. 28, 2016

    "I made this salad for my grandson's birthday party and everyone loved it. The recipe was very easy to prepare and absolutely delicious!"

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    sbuckbee User ID: 2447577 252492
    Reviewed Aug. 11, 2016

    "I tried this but so sweet we couldn't even taste the apples (I used granny smiths so tartness would offset the sweetness). I have made it in the past using only frozen whipped topping and no pudding which cuts down on the sweetness and allows the apples' flavor to come through."

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    randcbruns User ID: 828588 232431
    Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

    "I love this classic salad. This simple recipe is always a hit at parties and potlucks!"

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    Romans31 User ID: 7500061 231788
    Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

    "I recently took this to a church potluck and the people loved it so much I had to go home and print out the recipe to share. My family had me make more the next day!"

    MY REVIEW
    BilliePock User ID: 8314002 231375
    Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

    "Fantastic!! Super easy!! Super delicious!!"

    MY REVIEW
    MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 231106
    Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

    "I made this yesterday to take to a salad supper and it was a hit. So much so that I had ladies coming up wanting the recipe. I think next time I will decrease the milk as it is not as fluffy as I like. However, the flavor was wonderful. The ladies loved it. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home."

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    [email protected] User ID: 193450 230647
    Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

    "My son had this at a potluck and has been asking me to make it for him. Couldn't be any easier. I like the idea of omitting the milk. May try that next time."

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    derilda User ID: 7651360 228840
    Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

    "I agree. This is a great recipe for dessert. Omission of the milk held the recipe together. Whether dessert or salad it is delicious. It's a winner!!!!"

    MY REVIEW
    waagedaage User ID: 8210087 217719
    Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

    "I got a very similar recipe from my mother-in-law, but it doesn't use milk. You just sprinkle the instant pudding mix over the apples/snickers, toss gently to coat, and then fold in the Cool Whip. I haven't had trouble with it getting watery, and I wonder if the omission of the milk gives the water from the apples a place to go. This is a favorite in our house!"

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    jhattanellis User ID: 8130440 104855
    Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

    "I read reviews to see how others have tweeked your recipes or for actual reviews Taste Of Home but reading about how some idiot emptied his babies diaper into cool whip or how someone cant believe its a salad and would only serve it to make someone diabetic blah blah blah! Really??? Is it really necessary to allow these kind of posts? I'm giving the" RECIPE" 5 stars by the way!!"

    MY REVIEW
    insanemom User ID: 5948052 97023
    Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

    "I made this dish last year, and it went over so well I'm making again. It's a great combination of sweet and tart with the candy bars and granny smith's. It is also best to make and serve right away, as it can get watery from the fruit. As for the person who says its not a salad and won't give people diabetes, this is called a DESERT salad!"

    MY REVIEW
    Wisconsinese User ID: 8125789 208920
    Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

    "How is this salad? It's dessert. I would only serve this to people if I wanted them to be diabetic. I don't invite people to my house to do that to them."

    MY REVIEW
    bbtulsa User ID: 8125775 151000
    Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

    "One time, I couldn't afford apples, so I emptied my babby's diaper into some Cool Whip, and nobody was the wiser. Thanks, Taste Of Home!"

    MY REVIEW
    CathyOMichigan User ID: 7974525 170323
    Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

    "Received a similar recipe from a friend. Have made it several times. The only difference is her recipe did not call for pudding. Just the whipped topping. Very good. If you're in a time crunch, it would save time. Will try it with the pudding. See which one I prefer."

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    czartoryp User ID: 7510978 96039
    Reviewed May. 30, 2014

    "Yummy. May try bananas too next time"

    MY REVIEW
    lmmanda User ID: 1101093 167298
    Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

    "I've been making this one since it originally appeared in TOH back in 2008. We love it. Sometimes I omit the snickers and add sliced bananas."

    MY REVIEW
    WoodbineCottage User ID: 7702437 97022
    Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

    "Denice & mmk_19

    You both mentioned the the apples were runny or there was liquid. Anytime sugar meets fruit it draws the juices out of the fruit. A few other versions of this recipe say serve same day for best results."

    MY REVIEW
    kmarqui User ID: 3651843 96038
    Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

    "Yummy. Our family loved this treat. I'll be using this as a pot luck dessert. Like one of the other reviewers there was some liquid by the next day not sure why."

    MY REVIEW
    everydaymomsmeals User ID: 6318150 96037
    Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

    "Love this one in the fall with leftover Halloween candy and fresh picked apples. Sweet and salty at the same time, it's a great one to get the kids to help with too!"

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    mmk_19 User ID: 7581776 165956
    Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

    "i really enjoy this salad....but when i made this it turned out very liquidy. any insite to fix this would be great, thanks!"

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    bunny99 User ID: 99797 95846
    Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

    "Delicious and simple to make!"

    MY REVIEW
    bluiz01 User ID: 7440057 165564
    Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

    "fabulous and so easy"

    MY REVIEW
    kountrykook User ID: 5662695 95845
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

    "This is awesome!! I packed it into mason jars for a party. So good that I can't stop eating it!!"

    MY REVIEW
    kacatj User ID: 6410803 150999
    Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

    "i love this apple salad i make it alot"

    MY REVIEW
    anitamm User ID: 7158753 126491
    Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

    "I made this for a "Johnny Appleseed" potluck yesterday and it was gone in no time! I would make it again but maybe try caramel or butterscotch pudding."

    MY REVIEW
    AshBir User ID: 7286085 152514
    Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

    "I like to put the snickers in the freezer for a while then all I have to do is break them up."

    MY REVIEW
    Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 165561
    Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

    "a big hit this Christmas. very easy to make. will definitely be making it again. might try adding seedless halved grapes next time."

    MY REVIEW
    AngieMM User ID: 4254253 165955
    Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

    "Mixed reviews with my family, but it was a fun treat. Might be best for a brunch; will make it again."

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    Sally Miner User ID: 1714177 96035
    Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

    "I have made this now 3 times. My husband loves it. This time I used 1 pear, 1 granny smith and 1 macintosh and used crushed up heath bar. SOO Good!"

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    mayge User ID: 2822821 104854
    Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

    "I made this with my granddaughters, but we used banana cream pudding, because we had no vanilla pudding. It was delicious!"

    MY REVIEW
    mayge User ID: 2822821 150948
    Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

    "I made this with my grandaughters, but we used banana cream pudding, because we had no vanilla pudding. It was delicious!"

    MY REVIEW
    Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 165539
    Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

    "We've been enjoying a similar recipe since 1995. I use an 8-ounce container of Cool Whip only--no pudding & milk. It's a very quick recipe to make. We have it for Sunday brunch along with bacon/sausage & muffins for a special treat."

    MY REVIEW
    jackieyost User ID: 1832740 150997
    Reviewed May. 26, 2012

    "easy and taste like a caramel apple!"

    MY REVIEW
    mel93ag User ID: 2155916 97016
    Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

    "Yum yum yum! The combination of ingredients sounded intriguing, so I had to try it. I would never have thought of combining apples and Snickers, but it was delicious. easy and quick to prepare, too."

    MY REVIEW
    HappyHomemaker88 User ID: 4537336 150996
    Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

    "Delish! I added more snickers than it called for, just because......... LOL This recipe is a keeper. I suggest making it the day you serve it and not the day before. It gets a little watery if you make it a day ahead."

    MY REVIEW
    Denice Dudero User ID: 5312313 104852
    Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

    "I have made this and it is very good but it gets runny."

    MY REVIEW
    schapdel User ID: 4414848 167297
    Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

    "My mom used to make a recipe just like this when we were kids except we always added pineapple chunks or crushed pineapple!"

    MY REVIEW
    mauishores User ID: 1088145 165951
    Reviewed Jun. 11, 2011

    "Love how quick and easy this comes together. It's best if eaten within a day or two of mixing it together. Very yummy!"

    MY REVIEW
    chocolie1 User ID: 5673558 97013
    Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

    "The flavor was pretty good. You really have to watch it when you eat the Snickers because when they are cold, they get pretty hard and I could see where one could break a tooth."

    MY REVIEW
    maryanlibrarian User ID: 1316154 97011
    Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

    "I made this for a bridal shower and received many compliments and recipe requests! I couldn't find a 3.4 oz pudding mix so used a 1.5 oz box. I bought 2 just in case, but the vanilla flavor was very overwhelming. I ended up using 16 oz of frozen whipped topping to make up for this. It made a little extra sauce, so some extra apples and candy bars were good. But after these few adjustments, the flavor was excellent. The left overs lasted a few days in the fridge, too, which surprised me with apples. I can't wait to make this again!"

    MY REVIEW
    iambettyboop User ID: 1844111 208919
    Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

    "Very good dessert salad !!

    " ENJOY " !!"

    MY REVIEW
    Deanna Watkins User ID: 2392494 165950
    Reviewed May. 29, 2010

    "It was GREAT! I made when my son had a friend over. I used White chocolate pudding instead of vanilla. At first they didn't even want to try it, but after one taste they kept coming back and filling up their bowls. Now my boys ask me to make it."

    MY REVIEW
    mano_b78 User ID: 4614758 150994
    Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

    "What ever the occasion this delicious dessert is always a winner."

    MY REVIEW
    marob532 User ID: 516169 150917
    Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

    "i make this same type of salad but is use 1 (8oz) carton vanilla yogurt, 1 can drained very cherry fruit cocktail, drained mandrain oranges, and mini marshmallow. this has always been a hit at the holidays and even when my hubby and i want a quick easy dessert.

    mary king"

    MY REVIEW
    rkinnelly User ID: 3332118 165119
    Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

    "This was a hit at a bbq though people had to ask what it was. I added some mini marshmallows to the mix. Next time I think I'll add some oranges and/or grapes too because it seemed like there was more 'sauce' than salad."

    MY REVIEW
    glbraun User ID: 1932031 165537
    Reviewed Jul. 1, 2009

    "My family loves this recipe and we make it often. We usually add grapes and mandarin oranges to the salad!"

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    jillgingras User ID: 2114369 104850
    Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

    "Excellent recipe! I've made it a few times. Added sliced bananas and grapes once and that was good too. easy to make and a crowd pleaser!

    JillGingras"

    MY REVIEW
    Kichler073 User ID: 32326 77750
    Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

    "Great and easy recipe to make. My family loves it! I added strawberries and that was a hit too!"

    MY REVIEW
    michelleHunter User ID: 2980951 165947
    Reviewed Nov. 29, 2008

    "This is a recipe my family will enjoy any time of the year..I made it for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it,sooo delicious !!!! Thank You Michelle H"

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    jaymi User ID: 1121656 152513
    Reviewed Nov. 25, 2008

    "We also add grapes, and sometimes we add bananas."

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    tnhoneypot21 User ID: 132242 170322
    Reviewed Oct. 4, 2008

    "DELICIOUS! I had bought 4 huge apples but only used 2 in the end and still used the 4 snickers. It was perfect. Gone in no time. Thanks for the recipe."

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