Take 5: Thankful for Snickers Salad

Making Snickers Salad is one of my favorite holiday traditions.

Ever since I can remember there’s been one salad — yes, I call it salad — among the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dishes that I scoop into every year.

Some people say tradition is really peer pressure from dead people, but this is one tradition I’m proud to carry on — being the maker of Snickers Salad for holiday gatherings.

I make it because my mom’s mom, my late grandma Gertrude Vermeer, would take a heaping scoop and say it’s her favorite salad.

It’s probably why it is the first salad I helped my mom make as a kid.

I make it even though reality set in as an adult and I know it’s not really a salad but more what the world would define as a “fluff.”

Though nutritionally it’s not very healthy, it’s good for the soul because nothing warms the soul better than hanging out with family who unanimously agree that grapes have no place in any fluff, especially Snickers Salad.

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I've enjoyed teaching my oldest how to make Snickers Salad. Mommy may let her eat a couple pieces for being a good helper.

Rarely are there any leftovers once a spoon is put into the mixture of Cool Whip, vanilla pudding, apple and Snickers pieces.

Yes, Snickers Salad will forever be a holiday salad — a special treat if you will — that only comes around on those special occasions I spend with extended family. I’m happy to be passing on the love for Snicker Salad to the third generation.

May everyone have a blessed Thanksgiving, and perhaps give our family tradition a try.


  • 1 3-ounce package vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 8-ounce tub Cool Whip
  • 2 apples, diced into bite-sized pieces (I always peel the skin off first but this is a debatable “needed” step in my family.)
  • 1 6-pack package of regular size Snickers bars, diced into bite-size pieces
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A closer look at my version of bite sized pieces of Snickers for the salad.


Mix pudding with 1 cup of milk and set aside. Put Cool Whip into a large bowl and stir in the pudding mix. Toss diced apple and Snicker pieces into the creamy mixture and stir. Taste test because you know you want to. Serve immediately or put in the fridge for storage.