1 packet instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
1 packet of cream cheese, 8 oz
1 tub of whipped cream, 8 oz
1 cup grapes
6-pack of Snickers
I know this is a pretty generic recipe, but you can’t start out making 5 star dinners! This is one I’ve known for years now, and is always a hit. I first discovered the joy that is Snickers salad when I was in Home-Ec in high school. I lived 16 sad years before I discovered this. And it’s such a simple recipe, you’ll have it memorized after making it just a couple times probably.
Start with mixing together the pudding, following the instructions on the box. No need to let it sit and cool though, just keep moving on with the recipe. Who really wants to wait for dessert? After the pudding has some body to it, mix in the cream cheese and whipped cream. If you’re mixing them in cold, a hand mixer would be best. Otherwise, you’re in for an arm workout! Once that’s all mixed, set it aside.
Next, you’ll be cutting up the apples, grapes, and Snickers. Unless you have some lime juice to prevent browning, it’s probably best to save the apples for last. The grapes you will cut in half. Generally, I’ve seen this dish made with green grapes, though I tend to use red or purple grapes. For the Snickers, there are two options I hop between. I’ll either cut them in half length-wise then into ¼ inch piece, or 1/8 inch pieces without cutting them in half first. These can get kinda melty, so I tend to freeze them for a few minutes before working on them. The apples are the most involved part of the recipe. As with the grapes, the type can mostly be personal preference. Though I wouldn’t recommend granny smith or golden delicious personally. To start with, cut them in quarters, then trim the core out. Once that’s done, cut the quarters in half length-wise and slice them into 1/8-1/4 inch pieces. If you cut these earlier, you’ll want a bowl set out to squirt some lime juice over them and mix it up. This will help prevent them from browning while the rest of it gets chopped up.
This can all be either added as you go, or all at once at the end. Either way though, once it’s all cut up and mixed in, you’ll want to let it sit in the fridge for at least a couple hours. I prefer over night, best way to get the flavors to all meld together. But once that’s done, dig in and enjoy!