Apple Salad With Snickers and Milky Way Candy Bars
Baby Shower Salad
This apple salad is a crowd-pleaser that is perfect for a baby shower. People in my world call this "Snicker salad," and it is a combination of apples, whipped cream, Snickers candy bars, Milky Way candy bars, lemon juice, ginger ale, cinnamon and raspberry extract.
Pink for a Girl
Since I was going to be attending a baby shower for a girl, I colored my Dream Whip pink by using a mix of red food coloring and raspberry extract. The raspberry extract gave it an extra bit of fruity flavor.
For the apples, I knew that I needed to dip them in something that would keep them from oxidizing too much. I had heard that ginger ale makes a good dip, so I dipped the apples into a mixture of ginger ale plus lemon juice and cinnamon. The cinnamon clung to the apples and added a bit of spicy flavor.
I also used vanilla pudding and a large tub of non-dairy whipped topping, as well.
I have an all-in-one apple slicer/corer/peeler unit that clamps on to a cutting board that my son designed to sit across the top of my sink. The apple peels are collected in a bowl in the sink.
The peeler has a fork, a cutter, and a crank. You take the apple, poke the fork into the stem end, and start to crank. The apple turns, the knife cuts into the side of the apple and removes the skin in a long strip. The center cuts the core out of the apple, so the seeds remain on the fork. As it turns, it slices the apple. It is a long, continuous spiral—but then, you set it on its side and cut the apple slices crossways into smaller pieces, giving you basic chunks. After I pulled the apple from the cutter, I dipped them slightly in the ginger ale mixture. Then I drained them in a colander so they weren't soaking wet when I added them to my salad bowl.
- 2 packages Dream Whip
- 1/2 teaspoon raspberry extract
- 2 drops red food coloring
- 1 package instant vanilla pudding
- 16 ounces non-dairy whipped topping
- 8 apples, peeled and sliced
- 1 bag Snickers minis, sliced in half
- 1 bag Milky Way minis, sliced in half
- 3 cups ginger ale
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Make Dream Whip according to the package instructions. Optional: add pink food coloring and raspberry extract.
- Cut apples. Slice into chunks. Dip into ginger ale mixture. Drain.
- Cut candy bars into half-inch pieces.
- Fold all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Photo Guide: Preparing the ApplesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Photo Guide: Assembling the SaladClick thumbnail to view full-size
Salad for Days
Needless to say, I had salad left over. My husband decided he wanted some chocolate bar chunks, so I fished out a bowlful of them for him. I took a bowl of whipped cream apple chunks in my lunch. Between the two of us, we managed to eat most of the remaining salad.
It was delicious. The sweetness from the candy bars mixed with the tartness of the apples is just perfect. The flavors of the raspberry, cinnamon, and whipped cream all merged together in a yummy treat.