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Family Favorite – Snicker Apple Salad Recipe

It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without our family’s snicker apple salad recipe! My kids go nuts over this non-traditional snicker salad they look forward to eating all year long. This quick-to-make apple snicker salad combines pudding, whipped topping, crisp apples, and snickers for an outrageously yummy thanksgiving side dish your kids won’t expect.

It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without our family's snicker apple salad recipe! My kids go nuts over this non-traditional snicker salad they look forward to eating all year long. This quick-to-make apple snicker salad combines pudding, whipped topping, crisp apples, and snickers for an outrageously yummy thanksgiving side dish your kids won't expect.

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Snicker Apple Salad Recipe

I don’t know who decided that snickers and apple salad counts as a thanksgiving sides, but it has been one of my favorite and now my kids’ favorite traditions. Growing up as a missionary kid in Spain, we spent our Thansgiving with other missionaries from our same mission. I loved this large group setting with lots of kids to play with and so many yummy thanksgiving dinner sides since everyone brought their best. We always brought the biggest pot of mashed potatoes I could imagine. My favorite was the snicker salad that Deb would bring. Who would guess that snicker salad ingredients would qualify it as a salad?! But as a kid I didn’t care it was probably more a dessert than salad, a grown up qualified it as a salad and I was (and still am) convinced it goes down in the best thanksgiving sides! So when I started making my own Thanksgiving dinner, of course we had to make a version of that childhood favorite. I hope your kids love our snicker apple salad as much as we do!

apples, snickers, milk, instant vanilla pudding, cool whip topping

Snicker Salad

To start out with, let’s grab our ingredients. There are only a few:

  • 2 small boxes of instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 5 apples – we prefer honeycrisp or jazz (non mushy as my kids would say)
  • 6-7 snicker bars, cut
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip (or more natural Tru Whip)

Snicker Apple Salad

Apple Snicker Salad

Start by combining the vanilla pudding mix and milk. Put in the refrigerator to allow it to harden slightly.

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Meanwhile cut the apples.

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Cut the snickers in bite size pieces.

Note: Some years you can find things like bite-size snicker balls or similar. Those are a huge time-saver if you can find them!

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Add your whipped topping. We used tru whip because the msg in cool whip gives me a headache, but either one will work as far as the recipe. We used cool whip for years before the migraines started. Mix the whipped topping and pudding.

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If you are making this ahead, so Thanksgiving day is a breeze, cover your pudding and leave it in the fridge for up to 3 days ready-to-go. I keep a bag of pre-cut snicker pieces on the counter and cut the apples 30 minutes before we are going to use them to make sure they aren’t soft or brown for the meal.

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Add cut apples and snickers to the pudding.

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Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 hour to blend flavors.

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You will want to add enough apples and snickers to make it a semi-thick salad.

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Here is my pro tip! We have learned that the best way to make this dish still delicious for leftovers is to make the pudding and then mix cut apples and snickers into some of the pudding, a little at a time. If people want more you can always use more of the pudding with more snickers and apples – then the apples will be fresh and not brown or mushy.

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This is such a delicious, creamy, and not-too-sweet side dish that rounds out a turkey and sides plate. It may be non-traditional for some, but for me and my kids – it isn’t Thanksgiving without Snicker Apple Salad!

Apple Snicker Salad

Snicker Apple Salad

So, what do you think? Are you going to try this yummy Thanksgiving side dish this November? Or perhaps with your leftovers?

Try our family's snicker apple salad recipe as a yummy, non-traditional Thanksgiving side dish or any time you want a special treat!!

Try our family’s snicker apple salad recipe as a yummy, non-traditional Thanksgiving side dish or any time you want a special treat!!

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Apple Snicker Salad
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Family Favorite Snicker Apple Salad Recipe

Course: Dessert, holiday, Salad, thanksgiving
Keyword: apple recipes, pudding recipes, salad recipes, side dish, thanksgiving recipes
Servings: 8 people


  • 2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding
  • 5 large apples (we like Jazz or honey crisp varieties)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6-7 large snicker bars cut
  • 12 ounces Whipped Topping Tru Whip or Cool Whip


  • Mix pudding with milk; put in fridge and allow to harden slightly. Meanwhile cut apples and snickers into bite-size pieces. Add the the cool whip to the partialy set pudding and mix. Finally add the apple and snicker pieces.
    HINT: Add enough apples/snickers to make it a thick salad =)
  • Refrigerate 1 hour to blend.
    HINT: Don’t make ahead or it can get soggy.

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