It’s not that people in other states don’t enjoy Snickers apple salad, but according to a 2014 New York Times article of unusually popular recipes Googled on Thanksgiving in every state, people in South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska searched for Snickers salad more than in any other state. And although we Minnesotans searched mostly for wild rice casserole (which I’ve never made), Snicker salad and apple Snicker salad were two of the top five most searched recipes in the land of 10,000 lakes.
If you live in Utah, you searched mostly for funeral potatoes (my favorite) and you are surrounded by frog eye salad lovers. We like funeral potatoes here in the upper Midwest too, so much so that I even named my podcast after them—Funeral Potatoes & Wool Mittens. We also know them as cheesy hash browns and hash brown casserole.
Your only way out is with a handful of turkey enchiladas through Arizona. It’s hard to imagine placing a bowl full of pasta, eggs, and fruit stirred together on my Thanksgiving table. I’d rather buzz up to North Dakota and eat your cookie salad, a kissing cousin to the Midwest’s coveted Snickers salad.
Hawaii, while you were busy searching for cranberry relish, Illinois was looking for ways to make Hawaiian salad. Maybe next year Butterfinger Apple Coconut Salad will make the list?
I’m making Snickers apple salad for our casual Christmas lunch, along with my kids’ favorite magic chicken noodle soup.
Even if you’re ordering pizza delivery while your mother-in-law stirs a pot of oyster stew, may delicious food grace your table this holiday season. And may you not have to eat frog eye salad unless you want to.
Snickers Apple Salad
- 1½ cups whole or 2% milk
- 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 8 oz frozen whipped topping like Cool Whip
- 2 small Granny Smith apples, chopped, approximately 2 cups
- 2 small Honeycrisp apples, chopped, approximately 2 cups
- 10 oz Snickers candy bars, chopped into bite-size pieces, or 5 (2.07 oz) bars
- In a large bowl, whisk milk with pudding mix. Let rest 3 minutes.
- Gently fold in whipped cream and chopped apples and candy bars.
- Cover and refrigerate until serving. Best if eaten within 36 hours.
All text and images © Staci Mergenthal • Random Sweets