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!

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

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


  • 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 ½ 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.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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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

Last Updated on May 13, 2020

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  1. 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.

  2. 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! 😀

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!

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

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

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