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Snickers Caramel Apple Salad from Chef in Training

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Snickers Caramel Apple Salad is a super sweet and awesome simple dessert that I learned about on Pinterest from Chef in Training website.  It didn’t take much, right from the start, they had me at Snickers…

The ingredients are simple. Preparation is a breeze.  And when I served it, I had no leftovers.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 6 Snickers Bars (full size)
  • 4 Medium Apples -I used either Golden Delicious or Granny Smith.  I know they were green or yellow, but not red–whole lot of help I am…The Chef used Red Delicious
  • 1-5 oz package of Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
  • 1-16 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed to room temperature
  • Caramel Ice Cream Topping
  • 1/2 cup milk

As instructed by the Chef in Training, in a large bowl, whisk the pudding, milk  and Cool Whip together until combined.  Chop up the apples and Snickers bars to bite sized pieces.  Keep some of the snickers aside for decoration on the top, maybe a handful or so.

In my excitement, I made the rookie mistake of adding all of the Snickers.  So, my photograph is much less snazzy than the others that you’ll find on the internet with the Snickers on top.  All I had left was the caramel, so I did the best I could.

Stir the apples and most of the Snickers into the pudding and Cool Whip mixture.  Please, learn from my mistakes.  Drizzle with caramel topping and remaining Snickers pieces.  Chill for an hour before serving.

Enjoy!

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Now for the Peeps Week finale… Rocky Road Peeps Fudge

PEEPS-FUDGE

I mentioned the other day that sometimes I approach recipes using the wing it technique.  This project, another late night special that had to be ridiculously simple, was no different.  Remember, I am having fun with Peeps, not auditioning for a show on the Food Network. Using the verybestbaking.com Super Easy Rocky Road fudge recipe, I substituted Marshmallow Peeps for the mini marshmallows and ended up with this awesome Rocky Road Peeps Fudge.

 

Here is the recipe that delivered this super easy creamy fudgy awesomeness.

2 cups of semi sweet morsels

1-14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 cups Chopped Marshmallow Peeps

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts.

 
All you have to do is put the morsels and condensed milk in a large microwaveable bowl. Yes, I used the microwave–judge if you will. Microwave on high for a minute and stir the mixture until the chips are melted. Then add the vanilla, chopped Peeps and chopped nuts and stir. Truth be told, I felt a little guilt when I was chopping the Peeps, which I find confusing because how is that different from sinking your teeth into them?

The mixing part was not exactly smooth, because the fudge mixture was so jam packed with fixins that it looked like I had completely fouled up the fudge. What started out looking like a bowl full of Peeps and nuts that someone accidentally added a little fudge to, ended up looking like fudge after all. The original recipe suggests a 9×13 pan, but I used an 8×8 glass pan lined with parchment. I poured the mixture in and smoothed it as much as it permitted with a spatula. I placed a second piece of parchment on top and smoothed the top of the fudge by pressing down with my hand.

I left the fudge in the refrigerator overnight and this morning, it tasted great. It was probably a huge parenting misstep to slice it up and let my kids taste it at 8:30 this morning while I was photographing it. Because I am not sure that the nearly three year old brain understands that fudge after breakfast is a one time thing. I guess I will work that struggle out when it presents itself.

Happy end of Peeps Week 2014, we made it. I must confess that I have at least 10 unopened packages of Peeps left. Any suggestions?

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