Anyone else grow up eating this classic?
This is picnic and potluck food at its finest. It’s not high-class cuisine by any means and you won’t find it served at any formal event. But it’s easy, it feeds a crowd, it calls for chopped candy bars and it’s still considered a “salad.” This is an all-around win.
Anytime there is junk food in a salad, I am all in.
My mom made this all the time when I was a kid, and it was my kind of side dish. As an adult, I’m not longer one to keep Cool Whip or instant pudding on hand, but I do occasionally buy them for this recipe because it’s such an easy dish to round out a meal when you need a little something extra on your dinner plate. You know, like salad.
And it couldn’t get much easier. Chop up some Snickers, pop them in the freezer for a few minutes while you slice apples and mix together the filling, and then toss it all together. You don’t even have to peel the apples, so this recipe therefore A) is nearly effortless, and B) contains extra fiber.
I used green apples for a tart contrast to the chocolate candy, but you can use just about anything. You could also mix things up with a different flavor of pudding, other candy bars (Stay tuned!), or maybe even…chocolate milk? Can’t say that I’ve tried it, but I bet it could be interesting.
If you aren’t serving this dish right away, mix up the pudding ahead of time and add the candy at the last minute so it doesn’t bleed chocolate throughout the pudding. You can either slice the apples right before you need them or toss them with some lemon juice to keep them looking fresh until you do (which, if you look closely at the photos, I clearly did not do).
Kids obviously love this because it contains candy, and it’s one of those sides that can feed a whole lot of mouths on the cheap. Which I am all about.
I think most people would consider this a summertime staple, but whenever apples are involved, I think fall. Plus, if you somehow end up with any leftover Halloween candy, you know how to put it to good use.
Honestly, you can make this year-round. It’s not hard to find apples or Snickers at any time of the year, so you can really make this whenever it strikes your fancy.
Tell me: what else are you eating this time of year? I’ve already downed my fair share of apple crisp, knockoff PSLs from Caribou, and I’m also looking forward to sweet potato casserole next month for Thanksgiving!
- 2 full-sized Snickers bars (3.7 oz. each)
- 1 3-oz. package instant vanilla pudding
- 1 cup skim milk
- 8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed (I used fat-free)
- 2 apples (I used Granny Smith)
- Chop Snickers bars into bite-sized cubes. Place in the freezer until you're ready to serve.
- In a large serving bowl, combine pudding, milk, and thawed whipped topping. Mix well and refrigerate.
- Slice apples, removing cores and seeds. Chop into square pieces and fold into pudding mixture, reserving a few for the top, just for looks.
- Just before you're ready to serve, remove candy from freezer and sprinkle over salad with remaining apples.
- Serve immediately and keep covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Total Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 1 mg
Sodium: 136 mg
Potassium: 32 mg
Total Carbs: 24 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 17 g
Protein: 1 g