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

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

  2. 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 🙂

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!