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Over the years, we’ve typically had work schedules that didn’t allow for weekends off. This meant that we’d usually miss out on watching our favorite sporting event of the year. This year, we will actually be able to sit home and watch the big game! So I’m planning a menu that hopefully hits all the right notes without requiring a ton of work.
Think: pull out both crockpots, and also make a simple mix-and-serve recipe or two. I don’t entertain often, and when I do, I seem to be completely unrealistic about my time and end up stressed out the whole day! So that’s my strategy this year: quick, easy, and good.
The recipe I’m sharing today, Salted Caramel SNICKERS® Salad, is one of those sinful mix-and-serve recipes I plan on serving for the big game. It’s quick, easy and beyond tasty.
I actually first heard about this salad from a reader a few months ago and I was beyond intrigued. Chocolate and salad aren’t two things that typically go together. And I’ll admit, this is considered a healthy salad in the way that cupcakes are considered bread. 😉
This recipe is inspired by and adapted from Chef in Training. I made a few tweaks to make this recipe my own. I hope you enjoy the version I came up with!
- SNICKERS 6 Pack, Singles (Use 4, reserve 2 for final step)
- 4 Medium Granny Smith Apples
- 2 cups whole grapes (about 1½ bunch)
- 3.4 ounce. box Vanilla pudding, dry
- (2) 8 ounce. containers cool whip
- (2) 6 ounce containers vanilla yogurt
- ⅓ cup caramel topping
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- Pour yogurt into large bowl. Pour vanilla pudding packet overtop. Stir to combine until mixture is free of lumps.
- Mix cool whip into yogurt mixture until well combined. Keep bowl refrigerated until final steps.
- Chop apples into medium sized chunks and slice grapes in half.
- Chop SNICKERS bars into medium pieces. I found it easiest to cut them in half lengthwise, and then cut 4 to 5 times across.
- Mix all ingredients together and incorporate thoroughly.
- Combine sea salt and caramel topping. Pour into a squeeze bottle or into a container with a spout. If you have neither on hand, it's best to drizzle with a large spoon.
- Chop the two remaining bars and sprinkle across the top of the salad. Then drizzle caramel mixture over top.
First, we’re going to mix the pudding powder and the yogurt together. Be sure to mix until the mixture is lump-free. Then we’re going to combine the yogurt mixture with the cool whip. At first, your instinct will likely be to fold it in and be nice and gentle. I tried that for about 20 seconds before I realized that I didn’t want to spend all day folding whipped cream. Just mix as usual. It’ll survive. I promise. 😀
Next up is the fruit. Chop the apples and slice the grapes. Honestly, slicing the grapes was likely the most time consuming part of this entire recipe… so once you get that out of the way, it’s smooth sailing.
Now we’re going to chop the SNICKERS into medium pieces. I slice them in half lengthwise, then slice a few times across in order to get a nice size. But this is your salad so make them as big or as small as you’d like!
Now we put it all together. Combine the chopped SNICKERS, apples, grapes and cool whip mixture together. Be sure to incorporate it all well since you want a little bit of everything in each bite.
We’re going to finish it all off with a ridiculous amount of caramel, and yep, more chocolatey-goodness! This is what I lovingly call the “dressing,” as this is a salad after all. 😉
To make the dressing, chop the remaining SNICKERS bars, scatter them over the top of the salad. Then combine the caramel topping with sea salt and drizzle this across the salad.
I initially planned to go for even lines of caramel drizzle throughout, but because my salad was sky-high, that wasn’t going to happen. In the end, the drizzle created a caramel river of sorts, and this is definitely better!
To save you some time at the store, I’ll tell you where to actually find the SNICKERS at Walmart, since I didn’t get the one you usually find in the checkout lane. I found these in the candy aisle by the more gifty chocolates.
While I was there, I also picked up some Life Savers® Gummies just to try out and they were pretty great.
So what are you planning on making for the big game?