Snickers Taffy Apple Salad with pineapple is a delicious dessert salad with fresh apples, chewy chunks of Snickers, roasted peanuts, and creamy vanilla Cool Whip drizzled with caramel sauce. Perfect side dish for family gatherings or your next potluck.
This Taffy Apple Salad recipe with Snickers and pineapple is the sweet salad you didn't know you needed in your life.
The base starts with creamy vanilla pudding, crushed pineapple, and Cool Whip folded with pieces of Snickers candy bar, chopped apples, and dry roasted peanuts. And for the finishing touch, a drizzle of caramel sauce.
And it's actually not too sweet! Tart pineapple, sour cream, and salty peanuts perfectly balance out the flavors. You can also control the sweetness by using tart apples.
Snicker apple salad is a delicious recipe for any special occasion or holiday dinner.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Unique and delicious combination of flavors
Crowd-pleasing recipe that's sure to be a hit at your next family potluck
Delicious way to use up extra apples during apple season
Easy recipe to customize with different candy bars and toppings
Instant vanilla pudding mix. One 4-serving box of instant pudding. Ignore all of the directions on the package.
Crushed pineapple in juices. Do not drain the juices -- you'll mix the whole can with the pudding mix.
Sour cream. A little sour cream tones down the sweetness and makes it luxuriously creamy.
Cool Whip. If you're not into Cool Whip, I suggest taking a look at Truwhip. You can also use real whipped cream if you're going to eat right away.
Pudding. Try your favorite flavor like white chocolate, cheesecake, butterscotch, or pistachio pudding.
Mini marshmallows. Stir miniature marshmallows in with the apples and Snickers.
Fruit. Swap out some of the apples for bananas, grapes, strawberries, or blueberries.
Candy bars. Substitute Snickers for Twix, Milky Way, Butterfingers, Baby Ruth, or 100 Grand bars. For something without chocolate, try Payday or Salted Nut Rolls.
Coconut. Stir in some toasted coconut or sprinkle it on top.
Nuts. Switch out roasted peanuts for almonds, pecans, or walnuts.
The Best Apples for Snickers Apple Salad
Wondering which kind of apples are best for a dessert salad like Snickers caramel apple salad? Choose an apple that will be nice and crunchy -- but whether you go sweet or tart is up to you!
Don't worry about them turning brown, as long as they're completely mixed into the pudding mixture, the apples stay fresh.
If you're looking for a sweeter apple, try one of these:
- Pink Lady
To add tart flavor to your taffy apple salad, try:
- Granny Smith
How to Make Taffy Apple Salad
1. Make the creamy pudding base.
Combine pineapple with juices and dry pudding mix in a large bowl. Whisk for about 2 minutes. Stir in the sour cream. Set aside to thicken.
2. Chop the Snickers and apples.
Chop the Snickers into bite-sized pieces. Core and chop the apples.
3. Assemble the salad.
Fold the Cool Whip into the pudding mixture until completely incorporated.
Stir in the apples, Snickers, and roasted peanuts.
4. Chill, drizzle with caramel, and enjoy!
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to meld and the salad to chill properly. If desired, drizzle caramel sauce on top before serving.
Taffy apple salad is best enjoyed the same or next day.
Store taffy apple salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Chop the Snickers and apples after you mix the pudding to give the mixture time to thicken.
Do not drain pineapple -- you need the juices to mix with the dry pudding mix.
If necessary, chill the candy bars a little bit so they are easy to cut into clean pieces.
Yes, you can experiment with different candy bars you love. Some delicious options include Milky Way, Twix, Payday, or Butterfinger.
Snicker apple salad is typically served as a dessert. However, it can also be enjoyed as a side dish or a sweet accompaniment to a meal.
Yes, you can make this salad a few hours up to a day in advance. After a couple days, the apples release liquid, which can change the texture of the salad.
This salad can typically be stored in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. However, the texture of the apples may change slightly over time, so it is best enjoyed within the first day or two for the freshest taste and texture.
Popular choices include tart Granny Smith apples, sweet Gala apples, or sweet-tart Honeycrisp apples. The choice of apple can affect the taste and texture of the salad, so you can choose the variety that suits your preference.
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Taffy Apple Salad
- 1 3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding 4-serving size
- 20 ounces crushed pineapple, undrained
- ½ cup sour cream
- 8 ounces Cool Whip or Truwhip
- 5 cups chopped apples 4-5 medium apples, Honeycrisp or Granny Smith are great options
- 6 full sized Snicker bars
- 1 cup salted roasted peanuts
- caramel sauce for drizzling
- Whisk the pudding mix and can of crushed pineapple with juices in a large mixing bowl for about 2 minutes. Stir in the sour cream. Set aside to thicken.
- Chop the Snickers into bite-sized pieces. Core and chop the apples.
- Fold the Cool Whip into the pudding mixture until completely incorporated. Stir in the apples, Snickers, and roasted peanuts. Cover and chill for at least one hour. If desired, serve with a drizzle of caramel sauce.