Snickers Salad

5 from 11 votes

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Snickers Salad, also known as Snicker Apple Salad, is a salad the kids will actually be happy to eat! Tart, crispy apples and chewy, caramel-y Snickers bars are the perfect combination! 

Snicker apple salad in a glass bowl with a snickers bar on the table next to it

Snickers Salad (aka Snicker Apple Salad)

This Snicker Apple Salad is a fun recipe! You can surprise your guests and let them guess what that chewy, caramel, nutty, deliciousness is in the salad, or garnish with extra snickers bars on top. I was at a potluck dinner many years ago and this salad was on the buffet line. I had no idea what was in it, because everything was coated with Cool Whip. When I sat down and took a bite, I knew I was eating apples, but I could not figure out what the delicious caramel and nutty taste was – I just knew it tasted perfect with the apples!

It was like taking a bite of a chocolate caramel covered apple with a dollop of cool whip on top. I went on a quest to find out who brought the salad so I could find out what was in it. I was surprised when she told me it was chunks of Snickers candy bars. It was not the taste I was expecting when I took a bite of a fruit salad!

This Snickers Salad quickly became a family favorite. It is requested by my children all the time as a side dish. It is so quick and easy to make, it is now what I often take to potluck dinners – and now I am the one that people search out to find out what is in that delicious salad!

Apples to Use in Snickers Salad

The nice thing about this salad is that you can use any apples you have. For the best flavor profile, I like to use one apple that is more sweet and one apple that is more tart. I usually pick Granny Smith as my tart apple. Its fun to have one green apple and one red apple for added color!

Sweet Apples

  • Gala
  • Fuji
  • Honeycrisp

Tart Apples

  • Granny Smith
  • Red Delicious
  • Pink Lady

Golden Delicious apples are right in the middle, but they are also great for this recipe, and salads in general. They have great texture and the flesh of the apple stays white after slicing for longer than most apples.

A bowl of chopped granny smith apples, a bowl of chopped gala apples, and a bowl of chopped snickers for Snickers Salad

Substitutions for this Recipe

If Snickers aren’t your thing, or you are feeding someone with a peanut allergy, you can always change up the candy bar. My favorite substitute is Twix bars, but there are other options as well. Let us know in the comments if we left one out that you like!

Substitutions for Snickers Candy Bar

  • Twix
  • Milky Way
  • 100 Grand Bar
  • Reese’s
  • Three Musketeers
  • Butterfinger
  • Baby Ruth

If you would like to substitute real whipped cream for the Cool Whip, go right ahead! We use Cool Whip for the convenience but have also used homemade whipped cream and it tastes great.

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and vanilla and whip until stiff peaks form.

Additions to this Recipe

If you are wanting to give the Snicker Apple Salad a little more depth, try adding a package of vanilla or butterscotch pudding! This is a DELICIOUS version of this salad. All you have to do is combine a 6 oz. instant pudding with 1 cup of milk. Whisk together until thickened and fold in the Cool Whip before folding into the rest of the salad. Give it a try and you can decide which way you like it best!

This Snicker Apple Salad can easily be transformed into a Snickers Caramel Apple Salad by drizzling a little caramel topping over the whipped cream. We have also heard of people adding bananas, pineapples, or fruit cocktail. At the end of the day, this recipe can be as simple or complicated as you want. Have fun with it and make it your own!

Snickers salad in a glass bowl

More Apple Recipes

If you have an abundance of apples this year or are just looking to try some new apple recipes, we have TONS to share with you!

  • Dutch Apple Pie: This  is our favorite fall pie. It is filled with tart apples and baked with a sweet and buttery crumb topping.
  • Disneyland Apple Pie Caramel Apples:  These Apple Pie Caramel Apples from Disneyland are my new favorite treat! Can’t make it to Disney? Bring the magic to your kitchen with this easy recipe!
  • Traditional Apple Crisp:  This is a no-frills, easy, traditional apple crisp recipe that can’t be beat. Just like the apple crisp the lunch lady used to make back in the good ol’ days (but better)!
  • Copycat Bluebird Turkey and Brie Sandwich: Our Bluebird’s Turkey and Brie Sandwich Copycat is the best sandwich ever. It’s unique flavors are so good, like deli turkey, crisp apples, and brie cheese.
  • Apple, Ham, and Cheddar Melts: Apple, Ham, and Cheddar Melts are my favorite lunch in the fall. It takes grilled cheese to a whole new level.
  • If you want to see ALL of our apple recipes, click HERE.

How to Make Snickers Salad

Snickers Salad

5 from 11 votes
Snickers Salad is a salad the kids will actually be happy to eat! Tart apples with chewy, crunchy Snickers pieces is a delightful combination.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 6 apples I like to use a mix of Red Delicious and Green Apples
  • 4 Snickers candy bars
  • 8 oz Cool Whip


  • Cut apples into bite size pieces. Dice Snickers bar into bite size pieces.
    A bowl of chopped granny smith apples, a bowl of chopped gala apples, and a bowl of chopped snickers
  • Mix cut up Snickers bars and apples in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Fold in Cool Whip.
    Snickers salad in a glass bowl


Nutrition Information

Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 90mgPotassium: 269mgFiber: 4gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 170IUVitamin C: 6.4mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 0.4mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is one of the best salads!! I mean it’s healthy, right?! Love the apple & snicker combination, especially with the topping!

  2. The vanilla pudding is good, and I’ve tried butterscotch pudding instead and it is quite yummy. The recipe I have does call for the instant pudding.

    1. Oooh I like the idea of freezing it but I don’t know about the apples.. they might brown too much. If you try it let us know how it turns out!

  3. 5 stars
    I add a small box of vanilla instant pudding to the cool whip and stir until the pudding is completely dissolved, then add the snickers. Yummy!

  4. How do you keep apples from turning brown if you are making to take to a picnic/church function/etc?

    1. You will want to serve the same day, if possible (though I have found myself eating leftovers a day after and they are still crisp and good). The sugar from the Cool Whip keeps them from browning so quickly.

    2. Add one small ( the tiny one)can of crushed pineapple ,juice and all. You cannot taste it and it keeps the apples from browning.

  5. If you want to take it really over the top, try adding strawberry yogurt to this, as well. (Half/half on cool whip/yogurt.) I worked food service at my university and that was a special treat that would get made up on a few occasions. I always cleared it before it was fully empty to keep some for myself. 😉

  6. 5 stars
    This is delicious without a doubt! HOWEVER, do NOT make the mistake (that I did) and use FAT FREE cool whip. It was a disaster. 🙂

  7. Can we serve this salad like a side dish, with any kind of food or it’s a dessert for kids, only. It looks delicious.

  8. 5 stars
    I have an aunt that used to bring this to Thanksgiving every year. It was by far all of the kids’ favorite! Its an easy recipe to change up too! Add grapes, canned fruit cocktail, Milky Way candy bars, Twix candy bars….there are sooo many options 🙂