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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!

Butterfinger Apple Salad in a clear ice cream bowl sitting on top of a red checkered towel


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.


collage of Butterfinger Apple Salad in white tray and in clear ice cream bowl

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.

Butterfinger Apple Salad in white dish with green apples in the background


Butterfinger Apple Salad in a clear ice cream bowl sitting on top of a red checkered towel

Butterfinger Apple Salad

5 from 1 vote
This Butterfinger Apple Salad is the ultimate potluck dessert! Filled with peanut butter and candy, the apples add a wonderful crunch.
Yield 8 servings


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • 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.

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Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Last Updated on May 13, 2020

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

  2. Butterfingers? Check! Pudding and cool whip? Check! Apples (for that health factor)? Check! This is definitely my kind of salad!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 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!

  4. 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. This is my kind of salad…filled with butterfingers! Yummy! Thanks for the great recipe!! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. 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!