Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

Snickers are one of my absolute favorite Candy Bars!  I love them!  It is also apple season and the perfect time to incorporate them into any recipes we can!  While this isn’t your typical “Salad” it may be one of my favorites :)  Maybe its all the sugar and sweetness, I don’t know… haha!

This recipe is awesome!  I know there are many different versions out there, but this is how I make mine and have been making it for a while now. It whips up in a matter of 10 minutes and then chills until ready to serve.  Easy Peasy! The recipe I use is from but I tweaked it very subtly. I took it to my cousin-in-law’s twins 1st birthday party and there was not a trace of it left by the end of the party!

4.2 from 11 reviews
Snickers Caramel Apple Salad
A great dessert salad that combines so many amazing flavors and textures!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 6 regular size Snickers Candy Bars
  • 4 medium apples, I used Red Delicious
  • 1 (5.1 oz.) package Vanilla Instant Pudding, dry, do not prepare
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 (16 oz.) tub cool whip, thawed to room temp
  • ½ cup caramel ice cream topping
  1. Whisk vanilla pudding packet, ½ cup milk and cool whip together until well combined.
  2. Chop up apples and Snickers into bite size pieces.
  3. Stir chopped apples and Snickers into pudding mixture.
  4. Place in a large bowl and drizzle with caramel ice cream topping.
  5. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

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  1. lisa

    I can't wait to try this. Perfect sweet treat for fall. do you peel your apples? Do they stay looking ok in the mixture or turn a little brown? Thanks!

    1. Chef in Training

      I did not peel my apples. I just chopped them up :) I didn't notice any browning because they are covered in the pudding mixture. Have a great day!

  2. Jennifer

    My niece in law makes a version of this salad! I'm going to try your version at my Harvest Party next month. I think it will be a big hit! Thanks again, for the lovely ideas and for all the inspiration you give your fans!

  3. Lee Anne

    I have a question, how long would this last in the fridge? Do you think it would start to get watery?

  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    the first time I had this salad was 2 years ago at my friend's bridal shower! Have thought about it ever since... esp when I spy snickers in my pantry. And i love the textures.. crunchy, soft, creamy, and chocolatey. this is probably my favorite form of "salad" lol!

  5. Astucker

    My mom has been making this for years!! She uses Braeburn apples and I believe adds a little bit of cream cheese.

  6. Lisa @akawest

    I have never had Caramel Apple Salad, but have always wanted to try it. Yours looks yummy!

  7. Ann C.

    This is awesome!!!! Have had this in my recipe box for several years and it is a great pot-luck or fall item. Thanks for posting!!!!

  8. Tina Bohman

    Is it pudding mix or someone mentioned 8 oz cream cheese. Have you tried both?

  9. Edie

    I have been making this for years. I add a hand full of peanuts and chocolate chips. I freeze the Snicker bar and then put them in a plastic bag, I use a mallet to break the candy bar. It breaks up real good. Different size peices. I use both Red Delicious and Granny Smith. The tartness of the Granny Smith is a good contrast to the sweetness of everything else.

  10. Jessica

    Sounds amazing! Have to try. Yummy!

  11. cathy

    This sounds delicious! Just wondering what you serve it with?? Or do you just eat it like a salad without anything else? I was wondering if you use it as an appetizer type food? Thank you

    1. cathy

      Hi Chef in Training... Do you serve it with anything or just as a salad? I was going to make it as an appetizer for tommorrow night and wondered if I should use cookies to scoop it out with?

    2. Chef in Training

      we just eat it as is :) You could definitely serve it with something, but it is fantastic standing alone with a spoon.

    3. dawn

      Vanilla wafer cookies sound like a good partner for this salad , since it is not over powered with to much sweet ingredients. other words vanilla wafers add , not over power the Salad by being just a delightful and complimentary vanilla cookie!

  12. Paulette

    This looks absolutely amazing! I'm definitely going to make this for our potluck at work. Could you tell me please, based on your recipe, how many this serves? If I'm making it for say 20 people, would I need to double or even triple the recipe you provided?

    1. Chef in Training

      I would at least double it but would recommend even tripling it. I know when I make it, it disappears so quick and its always better to be safe than sorry :) ha! Let me know how you like it! Have a great day!

    2. shay

      Do i buy sweet milk in the can or regular milk

  13. Lee

    How many people does this serve? Thx, look delish!

  14. Marie

    Looks delicious! Should be a hit for Halloween also

    1. Jen

      A comment earlier was not answered but I had the same question. It might be a silly question but how do you eat this? Do you just eat it with a spoon or fork or o you serve it with something???

    2. Chef in Training

      I just eat it with a spoon! It is just a yummy side dish/dessert :) You could use it however you want to though!

    1. Jenny O.

      You're kidding right, Kathleen? Aside from the apples & milk, everything in it is processed junk food. Delicious junk food, but "food" nonetheless.

  15. Kathleen cox

    Made this over the weekend tasted like a Carmel apple. So good. Do you happen to know nutritional info for this. Can not find a good place to input info of ingredients to find out.

    1. Morghan

      For the nutritional information I would look up what kind of apple's you used and see the nutritional info for that, then proceed to see the nutritional information for the snickers bars you use...I would also then look up the brand of the carmel you use on top of the entire thing and figure out how much you used then calculate the entire nutritional information in that matter. Timely but worth it. :)

    2. J Pickens


      Save up all your calories, fat and etc for all day. Lol not lo cal but sounds delicious . Will not hurt to eat what you want once in a while. It has milk and apples in it that is healthy.

  16. Morghan

    My mom made this a long time ago and since then I have become a complete addict!

  17. Rhonda

    This looks so yummy, thinking to make it and want to double recipe. In your recipe 12 oz cool whip is that a large container or small.? In Canada we only have one size 1 litre, so I am trying to figure out what size to use. Thank you!

  18. Jessica

    Just made this for a fall party and it was delicious - but frusterating for a "need-to-follow-the-directions-to-be-able-to-cook-anything" kind of girl like myself! Pudding comes in 5.1 oz boxes (this is the bigger box) but cool whip only comes in 8 oz or 16 oz containers - the receipe calls for a 12 oz tub. And there was no way humanly possibile to fit 6 regular sized chopped apples in the bowl with all the snickers - and have the pudding mix even cover everything. Used 4 chopped apples and 6 snickers - I had to prioritize!

    1. Katie

      There are 12 oz tubs of cool whip. I currently have 3 of them in my house. And I just made this, all 6 apples fit just fine for me, it just took lots of stirring. Maybe yours were larger than average?

  19. Shelly

    I found this on Pinterest and made it. I can say it was terrible. I did not like the taste of it at all.

    1. Jessica Panfile

      What's not to love. I've never tasted something so good in my life. Are you sure all the ingredients were good and in date?

  20. Teresa Hartsfield

    I made this for a family get together and it received LOTS of compliments!! I made it the night before and it got a little too watery, I guess maybe because of the moisture from the apples. I might put a little less Cool Whip in it in the future.

  21. Charlene

    This sounds like my kind of heaven!! It will be made this weekend!

  22. Alison

    Will this last a couple of days? I am going out of town for thanksgiving and am looking for a dish to take along.

  23. Alicia

    Was wondering if the apples turn brown?

  24. Stephanie

    I used accidentally bought regular vanilla pudding. Is there any way it could still work?

  25. Lisa

    Thank you, I'm going to make this in the morning for Thanksgiving. It looks & sounds yummy! :-)

  26. Tessa

    I made this today for our familyThanksgiving. It was a huge hit. My brother couldn't even find the words to describe it, it was so good. Thanks for posting this. I will use this one again and again!

  27. Lisa

    Omg!! This is yummy!! I added marshmallows, lol bcuz I love them so! I made this for a Christmas party and it was gone before any other dessert:)

  28. Arp hora

    We use milky ways instead of snickers because of allergies!!!

    1. Amanda

      So many people have peanut allergies so I too intend to make it using Milky Ways. Does anyone know if it gets watery if I make it ahead of time (refrigerating of course). Thanks ahead for any answers.

  29. Veronica

    I made thsi for Chirstmas. I liked the taste, but the consistency of the liquid was off. It tasted more like melted vanilla ice cream. :( It was a fun recipe to try though.

    1. Sharon

      I've made this twice but only used apples, Snickers, and Cool Whip and it was awesome! It tasted better the second and third day than it did the first. Since I didn't use any vanilla pudding, it kept the right consistency and never got runny. I used 3 Granny Smith apples, 2 JonaGold apples (they are much larger than Granny Smith), 3 regular sized Snickers, and an 8 oz tub of Cool Whip. Perfection. I wouldn't even try to add pudding or caramel.

  30. rikkitikkitavi

    This is NOT a salad.

  31. Amanda

    I just made this and it tastes amazing. I was reading the comments and one posted that it tasted like melted vanilla ice cream. I actually popped this into the freezer. I am not sure if this will come out, but I'm hoping it freezes a bit. I'm hoping this will be homemade ice cream. YUM!

  32. sissy

    Can this recipe be made two days before serving?

  33. Pauline Condon

    Hi Pauline,

    I used Washington Crisp Apples and saved a little of the snichers to sprinkle on top.


  34. georgie sikora

    I made this while pregnant with my 13 year has been a long time gonna have to revisit it soon!

  35. Simone

    HELP! :)
    I am going to make this recipe for the first time tomorrow and wondered about how much this makes. I am trying to decide if I need to double it, but that would be 12 full size snicker bars and seems like a lot. lol There will be about 11 or 12 of us at this weekends gathering.

    1. Chef in Training

      I might double it because, at least from my experience, it goes fast :) You will have to let me know how you like it!

  36. Whitney

    This recipe is to die for! Followed directions except I used Granny Smith apples. Turned out delicious!!! Apples do turn a little brown, but with the chocolate & pudding mixture it looks just fine. This dish was empty after family gathering, so I'm not sure how good the salad would be more than a day old. Will definitely be making again SOON! :)

    1. Tina

      My daughter is allergic to nuts, does any one have any suggestions to replace snickers? Thanks

    2. Aj

      Milky Ways or 3 Muskateers or Twix or Kit Kats to name a few.

  37. Debbie

    I love this salad and the caramel looks like it puts it over the top. I have had a version too which has cream cheese and brown sugar in that is very goo too. Thanks :)

    1. Jo Rita

      Milky way, I think would be a great substitute.

  38. Bobbie P

    This was a tip from another recipe site. It might help with the too-watery consistency some did not prefer. 1 (5 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding (NO milk, use dry mix, DO NOT prepare!) Mix cool whip and dry pudding mix together.
    Chop apples and chilled Snickers.
    Mix together.

    Read more:

  39. Royce Robertson

    Thanks for the recipe. Am curious if you are still a Chef in Training or it that just the name of the website? Ha ha. I especially appreciate your site for the easy access and the ability to print a recipe as I have arthritis in my hands and cannot write for very long with a pen. Oddly enough, using a computer is so much easier on them. Anyway, thanks.

  40. Heather

    My family has always made this with bananas also slice into it. Yum!

    1. annonymous

      Seriously Cornelia?? No one on here has said this is healthy... and most say "salad." Don't eat it if you are on Weight Watchers. Freaking duh.

  41. Cornelia

    Seriously? Why even include apples? All that fake stuff: the pudding mix, cool whip (the worst stuff ever) and Snickers? This recipe is 94 Weight Watchers points! How about a nice cannoli made with real whipped cream, or some Italian chocolate hazelnut gelato? This is the worst dessert ever. You're probably better off eating a deep-fried Twinkie.

    1. Beth

      But Cornelia dear, it's a "salad". That should make it ok, right? I mean, Paula Deen needs a replacement, right? She gave herself diabetes with the food-like-substances she created. Certainly there's a slot for someone who can keep churning out diabetes-inducing dishes that appeal to the insatiable appetite for death-in-a-bowl!

    2. Nicole

      Cornelia, she never said this recipe was healthy. Not all of us are on Weight Watchers either. If you want to make a nice cannoli, then do that. Not everyone likes the same recipes, or eats the same food. If you don't like a recipe, then keep scrolling. She added this for people that may be interested in making it. We are all aware of how healthy snickers & cool whip are, but thanks for letting us know. I made this for a pot luck a year ago & everyone LOVED it. I'm making it for a 4th of July cookout this week. As long as you aren't eating this type of food often, I think you'll survive. :)

  42. Julie

    I'm from Australa and not used to American products. But is cool whip another ame for the whipped cream in a can?

    1. Drea

      It's the same thing. However, cool whip comes in a tub (or bowl) and is usually in the freezer section of a grocery store.

    2. Kelly

      I am on Weight Watchers and plan to make this recipe tonight for a game night tomorrow night. It is only 98 points IF YOU EAT THE WHOLE THING. I did the recipe builder, and if you split into 10 servings, it's 10 points a piece. (So actually more than 98 points for the whole thing). Not super point-friendly, but definitely not 98 weight watchers points...

    3. Linda

      cool whip is a frozen mock cream. fresh would probably be better but in america fake seems easier. hope that helps.

  43. Faye

    hello, what type of brand pudding do you recommend? also, would green apples make this treat sour?

    1. Chef in Training

      I use a box of Jello Brand Instant pudding mix. Make sure it is dry, do not prepare :) I have only made it this way so I am not sure how it would taste with Green apples. If you try it, please let us know how it works :) Thanks so much!

    2. Ken


      Thinking that others might not enjoy the full-on sweetness as much as I, I used Granny Smith apples to provide a little tartness in contrast, and it turned out fine. I also used Milky Way bars, instead of the Snickers, to allow others with any peanut allergies to enjoy it. I'll make it with Snickers next time to experience the original recipe.
      Everyone who tasted it raved over it--thanks!

  44. Barb

    This is an amazing dessert!!

  45. Diane Farris

    I've had this salad several times at church dinners & I love it. It is delicious! You do not peel the apples. I like it better with red apples & without the Carmel sauce topping. You could use it as a salad or a dessert!

  46. Judy Thomas

    Was great made it in the Dells the kids loved it and it was GREAT

  47. Marcella S

    I put it in a grahm cracker crust sprinkle the top with honey roasted peanuts and drizzle with caramel. I love it as a pie.

  48. Laura

    Good Morning-whipped this up today for our sewing class...they are going to love it!

  49. Jesica H

    Is this still good the next day or best made the day of?

    1. Chef in Training

      probably best the day of. I never have any left to see on the second day :)

    2. Ken

      It's still good the next day--just be sure you keep it cold; otherwise, the Cool Whip begins to break down and it will get watery.

  50. Lacink

    I have a lot of caramel candies leftover from making caramel apples for halloween, so I'm wondering how you think melting those and maybe thinning down with some milk then pouring over the dessert would do compared to the caramel sauce from a bottle/jar? Also, has anyone tried this with a different twix or heath bar (same story, I have a lot of those left over from halloween and wondering how it would go rather than snickers?) Thanks for your input.

    1. Ken

      I used Milky Way bars, and it turned out great.

  51. K

    I love this AS A DESSERT! It is not a salad, people. Not even close to healthy.

    1. Chef in Training

      It is a dessert :) A salad can be any compilation of ingredients. I always grew up with "dessert salads" so that is why I titled it this way. I am in no way claiming it to be healthy :) I am glad you love it too! Thanks so much for your comment!

  52. Alyssa Diaz

    How do you eat it? As is. Or can you use crackers for dipping?

    1. Chef in Training

      We just eat it as is :)

    2. Chelsea

      I need to make this for my class tomorrow night. If I cut the apples and put it in the fridge over night and in a cooler while I'm at work, will it still be good? Or will the apples turn brown?

    3. Ken

      As long as the apples are fully combined with the other ingredients, they won't turn brown because they're coated with the Cool Whip mixture. Mine was made in the evening and served the next day and it was fine--just be sure to keep it cold the entire time; otherwise, the Cool Whip begins to break down and it will get watery.

  53. Dee

    Can this be made the night before without the apples turning brown?

    1. Ken

      Yes. That's how I made mine. As long as you've fully coated the apples with the Cool Whip mixture, they won't turn brown.

  54. Sam

    I am so excited to make this tonight for Easter dinner tomorrow! I love snickers and apples! I bought green apple and will let you know if it's a hit :) thanks for sharing

  55. Tina Hughes

    You need your own show...I love just about every one of your recipes...thank you so much for all the great ideas!!!

  56. Irving

    I would replace the instant pudding and cool whip with home made pudding/whipped cream, and highly encourage others to do the same if they have the time!

  57. Ashley

    In the event of a peanut allergy what would you reccomend?

    1. Ken

      Instead of Snickers, I used Milky Way, and it turned out well--everyone raved over it.

  58. Margaret Harvey

    What is cool whip, can one get this in UK

  59. Vanessa Bintz

    can you freeze this snicker caramel apple salad for later?

  60. Joan Lai


    By the way where to purchase the 'vanillia instant pudding ' i cannot find it even in the cake shop where they are selling all the cakes' ingredients??? Pls advise thanks

  61. Malcg65

    What the heck is cool whip ?

  62. judie


    Recipe looks awesome but a desert not a salad.awesome though

  63. Cheryl


    How long would this last in the fridge? Could I make it the night before and serve it the next day?

  64. Janneke

    Hi, For how many people is this recipe?

  65. Bec Bartlett

    What exactly is Cool Whip? We don't have that in Australia... Just wondering what I could use as a substitute

    1. Elena Tuputala

      I use whipped cream when I'm in NZ. Cool whip is pre-made in tubs in the USA. It's like defacto whipped cream and used a lot in baking for toppings and dressings. Saves having to whip up cream

    2. Patricia Rosario


      We have Instant Whip in England which is the same thing as Cool's made by Birds if I remember correctly. ......

  66. Tiny

    Approximately how many people will this feed?

  67. Brenda

    What other choc bar could I use?
    Have child allergic to the nuts in Snickers.

  68. melissa

    I made this for a church potluck today. Everyone loved it. I did make a few changes. I doubled it, but instead of 12 snickers I only used 8, and I didn't notice it was the big cool whip so I used 2 smaller ones and used whipping cream for the other half and added about 4 tbsp of brown sugar. It turned out just fine!

  69. Kelly S

    What candy bar would you suggest to substitute the snickers bar ( peanuts are a migraine trigger), thanks.

  70. Kelley


    Hubby and the kiddos loved it! Thank you

  71. Linda

    I do NOT peel the apples prior. Correct????

  72. Evangeline D. gutang

    What's a cool whip? Can I use mayonnaise instead? Or plain yughort?

    1. Chef in Training

      Its a pre maid whipped cream. You can sub homemade sweetened whip cream straight across in place of it :)

  73. Laura

    Hi there, What is cool whip please?

  74. Torrie

    i make a similar version: honey crisp apples, snickers, whipped cream cheese and cool whip. It does begin to water by the second day.

    1. Jen Wood

      I don't have the instant vanilla pudding but have the cook and serve vanilla .. do you know if that will work?

  75. Regina

    Sounds yummy can't wait to try. I'm thinking granny apples.

  76. Lisa

    How long will this last in the fridge? There are only 2 of us and Id like to make it but dont want to be wasteful.

  77. Wanda


    Sickeningly sweet. Will not ever make this again. It was not popular at potluck dinner I attended.

  78. Cheryl B

    My grand daughter is turning 13 and she wants this dessert instead of a cake..
    At Christmas she was disappoint I didn't make it.

  79. kenia sharpe

    Yes it is very good, I just made it just now and I love it!

  80. Katz mareta

    What is cool whip, I'm in Australia and we don't have it, is it cream??

  81. Tracy Welch

    love this salad (dessert). I have used plain Greek yogurt in place of the cool whip, I think vanilla Greek yogurt would be even better! Tracy

  82. Katie


    Hi! For an apple suggestion, try using a Cortland-- that's what I used. Red Delicious are pretty sweet and something with a littler more tartness could really enhance the flavor and break up some of the gut-rotting sweetness you are getting from the caramel and candy. Granny Smith would work well too, but that would be one's discretion on whether they like their apples more tart in a dessert. The Cortland apple is "seer-tart", meaning it's not too sweet, or too tart! The best of both worlds! Haha

  83. Donna

    I am from Sydney, Australia. Just wondered if you could tell me what Cool Whip is? Would love to make this. Thankyou !

    1. Chef in Training

      It is a whipped topping found in the freezer section. You can definitely make your own homemade whipped topping :) I hope this helps!



    3. Jessica

      Cool whip is a premade whipped cream found in the freezer section. You can make your own whipped cream and use it if you can't find cool whip in your country. I imagine home made whipped cream would taste better!



  85. Celeste


    Making this salad to share with family over Thanksgiving dinner today. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  86. Emily

    Is this gluten free?

  87. tina collins


    hi what is cool whip in australia
    looks yum

  88. Carol

    We've made this for year using granny smith apples. We also skip the pudding mix and just use whipped topping. Always a huge hit.

    Also really good with a can of WE'LL drained crushed pineapple. Works surprisingly well with caramel.