Snickers Salad Recipe (With Apples And Cream Cheese)

One of my favorite things to bring to a potluck or cookout is Snickers Salad (which also goes by Apple Snickers Salad, Snickers Apple Salad, Snickers Fruit Salad, and other similar monikers). Featuring crisp chunks of fresh apple, bite-sized pieces of Snickers candy bars, and a creamy mixture of sweetened cream cheese and Cool Whip, I ask you — what’s not to like?

A bowl of Snickers salad and a bowl of ice cream.

You can use just about any variety of apples in this Snickers salad recipe — Pink Lady, Ambrosia, Opal, and Honeycrisp all work well — but I typically make it with Granny Smith apples. The tart apples are a delicious contrast to the sweet candy and cream (sort of like a caramel apple!)

Ingredients for a Snickers salad recipe are laid out on a marble surface, including Cool Whip, cream cheese, Granny Smith apples in a bowl, powdered sugar, and Snickers bars on a red checkered cloth.

Snickers Salad Ingredients

  • Cream cheese — Full-fat cream cheese lends this dessert a delicious tangy flavor.
  • Frozen whipped topping (aka Cool Whip) — The addition of thawed Cool Whip makes for a thick, luscious cream cheese mixture.
  • Powdered sugar — Balance the tangy flavor of the cream cheese with a bit of powdered sugar. (Only have granulated sugar handy? Add a tablespoon of cornstarch to 1 cup of granulated sugar and pulse in your blender under powdered!)
  • Snickers bars — The combination of milk chocolate, peanuts, caramel, and nougat in Snickers bars makes it the perfect candy for this particular dessert.
  • Granny Smith apples — I like the contrast between tart apples and the sweetness of the candy and cream cheese mixture, but any crisp apple will taste delicious in this recipe!
Snickers salad in a bowl with apples and nuts.

Why Use Cream Cheese Instead Of Pudding?

While Snickers bars and apples are always included as Snickers salad ingredients, some versions of the recipe call for instant vanilla pudding mix instead of cream cheese. I prefer the tangy flavor of cream cheese to the simple sweetness of an instant pudding mix, but that’s just my preference!

While I prefer to make this Snicker fruit salad without pudding mix, feel free to experiment with pudding mix and other variations or substitutions that sound good to you! Consult the ingredient substitutions table later in this post for delicious ideas.

Jillee’s Take:

The first time I heard about Snickers Salad was after my son Erik had some while attending a potluck dinner at a friend’s house. After tracking down the recipe online and trying it for myself, it quickly became one of my go-to dishes to take to cookouts and barbecues. It’s simple, delicious, and a great conversation starter!
Snickers salad ingredients: snickers candy bars, Cool Whip, apples, powdered sugar, and cream cheese.

How To Make Apple Snickers Salad (With Cream Cheese)

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces frozen whipped topping (i.e. Cool Whip), thawed
  • 6 Snickers candy bars
  • 4-6 Granny Smith apples
Cream cheese and powdered sugar in a bowl, same bowl with other ingredients mixed in, making Snickers Salad.

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer, then carefully fold in the whipped topping.

Chop the apples and Snickers bars into bite-size chunks and stir them into the cream cheese mixture. Cover the bowl, refrigerate for 1 hour, and it’s ready to serve!

Mixing the chopped apples into the Snickers salad.

Helpful Tips

  • If you want to chop the apples ahead of time, add a bit of lemon juice to the apples to prevent browning. (This will increase the tartness of the apples, so you may want to add a bit more powdered sugar to compensate.)
  • Some folks say that Opal apples are less prone to browning than other varieties, so use them if you can find them!
  • Use a Danish dough whisk to gently fold the Cool Whip into the sweetened cream cheese mixture without losing its fluffy texture.

“If you freeze your Snickers bars before chopping them, it helps them break up better and they won’t be sticky either. Also, I find it less expensive to get the bags of fun-size Snickers, and they are quicker to cut up!”

– OGT Reader Kelli

Tasty Topping Ideas

Take your Snickers salad to the next level with one of these quick and easy toppings:

  • A drizzle of chocolate, butterscotch, or caramel sauce
  • Chopped nuts
  • Toasted sweetened coconut
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crushed vanilla wafers or graham crackers
  • Candy bits

How to Enjoy Leftovers

It’s best to make dessert shortly before you plan to eat it, or at least on the same day, because the liquid from the apples will eventually make the cream cheese mixture runny. It doesn’t make great leftovers for the same reason, but I rarely have any leftovers to worry about!

A bowl of Snickers salad with chopped nuts on top.

Snickers Salad Ingredient Substitutions

Want to make your Snickers Salad allergy-friendly? Navigating around dietary restrictions? Consult the table below for suggestions.

IngredientSubstitution(s)
Cream cheeseInstant pudding prepared with whole milk, marshmallow cream, or vegan cream cheese
Cool WhipHomemade whipped cream or vegan whipped topping
Snickers barsMars, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way, Zero, Oh Henry!, 100 Grand, or DIY Vegan Snickers Bars
Granny Smith applesOpal, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or Ambrosia apples

Snickers Salad FAQ

Where Did Snickers Salad Originate?

We don’t know exactly who put together the first Snickers Salad, but it initially became popular in the upper Midwest.

How Long Does Snickers Salad Last?

Because the apples release liquid, Snickers Salad only lasts for a day or so. Make it the same day you plan to serve it and store it in the fridge.

Is Snickers Salad Gluten Free?

Yes! It’s always smart to double-check labels, but none of the components of this salad contain gluten.

Is Snickers Salad Vegan?

The recipe featured in this post is not vegan, but you can easily make a vegan Snickers Salad using substitutions from the table above!

Why Is My Snickers Salad Runny?

Fresh apples release liquid over time, so it’s best to make this recipe shortly before you plan to eat it. (Using pudding instead of cream cheese can also result in a thin or runny texture, so keep that in mind!)

Can I Use A Different Flavor Of Pudding In Snickers Salad?

If you prefer your Snickers Salad with pudding, you don’t have to stick with plain vanilla! Butterscotch pudding, chocolate pudding, and even banana pudding would make for a delicious change of pace.

Potlucks and cookouts abound during the summertime in our neck of the woods, and my go-to potluck recipes have proven themselves crowd-pleasers time after time. In addition to Apple Snickers Salad, here are a few of my other favorite potluck dishes:

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an easy, delicious, and memorable recipe for your next potluck dinner or cookout, you can’t go wrong with this Apple Snickers Salad. The crisp crunch of apples, the sweet chewiness of candy bars, and the sweet creamy dressing combine to make a dessert salad everyone will rave about!

What are your thoughts on sweet salads like Snickers salad with cream cheese?

A blue bowl with a Snickers Salad in it.

Snickers Salad (Recipe)

Jill Nystul
This sweet dessert salad features a combination of tart apple chunks, Snickers bar pieces, and a tangy cream cheese mixture. It's a potluck favorite! Adapted from Food.com.
4.28 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 327 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 6 Snickers bars
  • 4-6 Granny Smith apples

Instructions
 

  • Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar until thoroughly blended, then fold in the whipped topping.
    Cream cheese and powdered sugar in a bowl, same bowl with other ingredients mixed in, making Snickers Salad.
  • Cut Snickers and apples into bite-size chunks and stir them into the cream cheese mixture.
    Mixing the chopped apples into the Snickers salad.
  • Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.
    Snickers salad in a bowl with apples and nuts.

Video

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Nutrition

Calories: 327kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 149mgPotassium: 229mgFiber: 3gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 390IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 0.3mg

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  • I was the resident potluck organizer at a prior job. I would encourage folks to send me the recipe if they were bringing something homemade. I would create recipes cards. 3 each to a standard 8 1/2 x 11 page. Print them out, cut them and leave them by the dish. Not only does it let folks know what’s in the dish (in case of allergies) but it’s also a nice way to share a recipe with others. You could even use clever fonts or graphics, or just pretty printer paper.

  • When I told my son about this, he asked me if I could use Reece Cups instead? So I did! It was delicious. It tasted just like a caramel apple, without the stick.

  • Oh my goodness, this sounds positively evil, in the nicest possible way! I agree that real whipped cream would be the way to go, I’m not keen on the chemicals in Cool Whip, even though it’s so convenient. And cream cheese to add protein…what could be better :)

  • If you freeze your Snickers bars before chopping them, it helps them break up better and they won’t be sticky either. Also, I find it less expensive to get the bags of fun-sized Snickers, and they are quicker to cut up!

  • I have decided not to use Cool Whip in the future due to all the chemicals it contains. But, if this can be made with regular whipped cream, then it sounds wonderful!

  • Well This sounds just decadent! Love the idea of this as I am always cutting up apples to mix in my yogurt or cereal. I sometimes put crushed graham crackers in my yogurt to give it a little crunch!

    I can’t wait to make this and will try it with the vanilla pudding.

    Such great ideas for something different!

  • I’ve made this but put in a 4oz. package of vanilla pudding, make it just like the package says and mix with the cool whip. It didn’t use the cream cheese or the powdered sugar.

    I’ll have to try making it this way some day.

  • Wow this sounds goooood!! Probably tastes like a candy apple…apple… caramel and nuts from the Snickers…all wrapped up in whipped cream…num num!

    • When you make this using pudding instead of cream cheese,.do you use instant pudding and make it using the package directions? Or do use cooked pudding?
      Thanks
      I am anxious to make this.

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