It’s not that people in other states don’t enjoy Snickers apple salad, but according to a 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.
Check out the map in the Times article. If you live in Utah, you searched mostly for funeral potatoes (my favorite) and you are surrounded by frog eye salad lovers. 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.
Maine and New Hampshire, you are making a lot of whoopie up there with one of my favorite ingredients. 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.
Snickers Apple Salad
1-½ cups cold 2% or whole milk
1 package (3.4 ounce) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tub (8 ounce) frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 Granny Smith apples (approximately 2 cups)
2 Honeycrisp apples (approximately 2 cups)
Snickers candy bars (bag of fun-size bars or 4 (2.07 ounce) bars, chopped into bite size pieces
In a large bowl, whisk milk with pudding mix. Let it rest for 3 minutes. Fold in whipped cream. Gently fold in chopped apples and candy bars.
Cover and refrigerate until serving. Best if eaten within 24 hours. Makes approximately 12 servings.
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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.
Sweet food traditions,