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Jun 15

Butterfinger Apple Salad

I KNOW, RIGHT??? A Butterfinger Apple Salad. It’s a salad that uses butterfingers.

All is right with the world, my friends. See, I knew I liked salad!

The BEST salad ever: Butterfinger Apple Salad

A few years ago on the 4th of July we went to a block party. A neighbor brought Strawberry Pretzel Salad. My first thought was YUCK. Strawberries and pretzels? WITH LETTUCE? No thank you.

Then I looked at it.

It was a pretzel crust, with a cool whip cream cheese filling, topped with strawberries. And she called it a salad. And I wondered when Ashton Kutcher was going to jump out and tell me I was being Punk’d.

Because no way was that a salad. A salad was green. With dressing. And it was most definitely not dessert. But then I changed my tune. Sure, let’s call it a salad.

Yes mom, I ate my salad with pretzel crust and jell-o and Cool Whip. Yes I did!

Anyway, I thought it was weird but the dessert lover in me was fine with it. And then I started blogging. And then Nikki posted Snickers Caramel Apple Salad. And then Ashton started posting things called “Fluff” that were side dishes to holiday meals.

And then? THEN I went to Safeway (a grocery store, for those of you not from California) and in the deli section they are selling Snickers Caramel Apple Salad by the pound.

I mean, if the grocery store is embracing this as a salad, I’d better get on board.

And then I realized how well peanut butter goes with apples. And how much I love Butterfingers. And then I created this.

Butterfinger Apple Salad.


The BEST salad ever: Butterfinger Apple Salad

I’m guessing that these sorts of “salads” using jell-o or Cool Whip or Fluff are a midwestern and/or southern thing. The creamiest thing at our potlucks here in California are potato salad and I won’t go within a hundred yards of that. This? This I can get behind.

Besides, it’s really good. I mean, what’s not to love?

Peanut Butter.

Cool Whip.

Vanilla Pudding.


Granny Smith Apples.

This is no-bake and comes together in less than 10 minutes. Really – it’s a no brainer and it’s so, so good. All these flavors go so well together, it’s amazing someone hasn’t already done it.

{And, BTW, I’m sure someone has. I’m just deluding myself into thinking I’m the first.}

So if salad that includes apples and all sorts of sugary sweet things is not what you think of as a salad, change your mind.

Next time I go to a potluck, I’m heaping my plate with this and telling my trainer all I ate was salad.

And I won’t be lying.

The BEST salad ever: Butterfinger Apple Salad


Butterfinger Apple Salad

Yield: 8 servings

Butterfinger Apple Salad

This Butterfinger Apple Salad is the ultimate potluck dessert! Filled with peanut butter and candy, the apples add a wonderful crunch.


  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 container (8 ounces) Cool Whip (I used fat free)
  • 12 Fun Sized Butterfinger candy bars, chopped or processed in a food processor (about 2 cups)
  • 5-7 Granny Smith apples, cored and diced (5 large or up to 7 small; I left the skins on mine)


  1. Whisk pudding mix and milk in a large bowl. Let set up for about 5 minutes. Whisk in peanut butter (or you can use hand mixer). Try to get as many lumps out as possible.
  2. Fold the Cool Whip into the pudding mixture. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the chopped Butterfingers. Stir in the apples. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days, but it’s best eaten one day 1. Top with remaining Butterfinger crumbs before serving.

Apple Toffee Cheesecake Pudding Cookies

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Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Dip

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Snickers Dip

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Sweets from friends:
Cherry Cheesecake Fluff by Something Swanky
Snickers Caramel Apple Salad by Chef in Training
Strawberry Pretzel Salad by Inspired by Charm



31 Responses to “Butterfinger Apple Salad”

  1. How to Philosophize with Cake posted on June 15, 2014 at 3:31 am (#)

    Wow that looks awesome! Definitely my kind of salad. :) Love the use of butterfingers that’s my favorite candy!


  2. Librarian Lavender posted on June 15, 2014 at 3:35 am (#)

    I’ve never tasted a salad this way yet, but yours looks so good I have to try it! A wonderful recipe!


  3. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking posted on June 15, 2014 at 4:45 am (#)

    Oh my goodness! This looks and sounds amazing. I’ve been making the apple salad with Snickers for years. Love PB & Butterfingers!


  4. Mir posted on June 15, 2014 at 5:13 am (#)

    Oh my lord. You’re right about the PB and apples. And adding Butterfingers is too wonderful.
    This is a salad I can get on board with eating every day! I wish my grocery store sold this kind!


  5. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on June 15, 2014 at 5:42 am (#)

    I’m thinking I would definitely buy this by the pound! Looks amazing!


  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on June 15, 2014 at 6:16 am (#)

    What an amazing combination! This looks so delicious! Like others, I’ve seen the Snickers apple salad, but with butterfingers sounds even better. Pinned!


  7. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on June 15, 2014 at 8:53 am (#)

    Love it when any sald has at least one dessert hoe ingredient!


  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on June 15, 2014 at 10:02 am (#)

    Apple salads with Cool Whip are something that remind me of my 80s upbringing in rural MN with church potluck events and small town neighborhood bbq’s. Fast forward 25 years and here we are! Back at apple salad with cool whip but with Butterfingers! Seriously love them and I bet the crunchy bits are so good with the fluffy mixture!


  9. Samina | The Cupcake Confession posted on June 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm (#)

    I totally imagined you saying #yourewelcome in Sadie Saxton from Awkward style!!!! hahaha!!! 😀 Now, see???? This is the kind of salad I can eat every SINGLE NIGHT for dinner and you won’t hear me whine at the slightest!!!!!! And why just dinner? In my opinion salads should be eaten for breakfast and lunch as well and it can also be crammed into a mid day meal! Seems TOTALLY LEGIT! 😀 I.LOVE.THIS!!!! There’s no way I’m not going to have this on my Dream Dinners pin board! Pinned! 😀


  10. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on June 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm (#)

    I have never seen anything so delicious labeled as “Salad” down her in GA! Behind as usual! This looks delicious and there is something so satisfying in saying that I ate salad for dessert. Almost makes the rest of the July 4th fare feel more healthy. Almost.


  11. Mary Frances posted on June 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm (#)

    Gosh, I leave for one week (ONE WEEK) and you pull out all the stops and not only make a peanut butter and apple “salad” but graham cracker crusts and a killer pie! Dorothy, this salad is so up my alley. All IS right with the world! I’m glad everyone is on this kind of salad kick … any time peanut butter pudding and apples are involved, you can bet I’m filling my plate as well!


  12. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker posted on June 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm (#)

    This is genius!! I love how delicious this SALAD Looks! YUM!


  13. Lindsay Ann @ posted on June 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm (#)

    I have never tried one of these sweet apple “salads” before but now seems like a good time to join in! Love butterfinger and I bet the crunch from the apple is sooo good with all the creamy dreamy goodness!


  14. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on June 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm (#)

    Ha ha . . . I can totally relate to most of this! The first time I ate that pretzel, strawberry and Cool whip “salad”, I was blown away with how GOOD it is, but I have no idea why people call it a salad and serve it with the main dish? Oh well, I guess it is an excuse to really eat dessert twice – once with dinner and once after dinner. Love this Butterfinger version. Pinned!!


  15. Ashton posted on June 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm (#)

    A) I knew there was a reason I love Safeway so much! (I always make sure we “have” to run to the grocery strore when we’re visiting in CA :)

    B) This totally needed to happen. Well done.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 16th, 2014 at 7:10 am

      LOL, thanks! I’ll be sure we hit Safeway when you visit next time. 😉


  16. Matt Robinson posted on June 15, 2014 at 11:02 pm (#)

    So fun! Love this idea Dorothy, my boys would devour this every time.


  17. Medeja posted on June 15, 2014 at 11:58 pm (#)

    Hm.. I think I need some time to accept that this thing is called salad.. 😀 otherwise I have no doubt the taste was great :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 16th, 2014 at 7:09 am

      I know, I couldn’t believe it either!


  18. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:06 am (#)

    MMm! What a crazy creative idea! Love everything about this and butterfingers are the best! Pinned!


  19. Kelly - Life made Sweeter posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:09 am (#)

    This is such a fun idea! If salads looked liked this when I was growing up I would definitely be excited to eat my fair share! Looks awesome – love the butterfingers :)


  20. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on June 16, 2014 at 7:33 am (#)

    Ooh la la! I love me some Butterfinger-anything. This salad is out of control!!


  21. Daniel posted on June 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm (#)

    Butterfinger + Apple =/= Salad.

    You can’t add apple and pretend its healthy.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 16th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      I know that Daniel. I’m not sure why it’s called a salad, but that’s what it’s called. It’s a dessert salad, and I was being sarcastic because if it’s called a salad I think of vegetables. Thanks for reading!


  22. Crystal posted on June 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm (#)

    This is my kind of salad…filled with butterfingers! Yummy! Thanks for the great recipe!! Pinned :)


  23. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on June 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm (#)

    Safeway?? Safeway is selling Snickers Caramel Apple Salad?? Our Safeway must be really behind the times (or all of the college kids studying for finals stole it all as their late-night snacks last week) because I definitely didn’t see that during my last grocery store visit. I bet Jordan loved eating this “salad” too! 😉


  24. Rachel posted on June 18, 2014 at 2:43 am (#)

    I never realized dessert-like salads were uncommon. It’s a thing here in Ohio! Watergate salad was a common side growing up (fruit cocktail + cool whip + pistachio pudding + marshmallows)! Although we call that strawberry salad you described strawberry pretzel dessert (delicious either way). Thanks for another great recipe … pinned!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 18th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Oooh, that one sounds good!! I’ll have to try it!


  25. Annie @Maebells posted on June 18, 2014 at 6:20 am (#)

    Oh yum!! This looks fantastic! Such a fun twist on apple salad!


  26. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife posted on June 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm (#)

    Butterfingers? Check! Pudding and cool whip? Check! Apples (for that health factor)? Check! This is definitely my kind of salad!!! 😉


  27. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm (#)

    This is my kind of “salad.” My aunt used to make a similar salad with crushed up cookies.


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