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She loves it, she loves it not, she loves it, Butterfinger apple coconut salad

My daughter loves traditional Snickers apple salad with vanilla pudding, whipped cream, red and green apples, and Snickers candy bars. I was excited to tailor it to other flavors she likes by pouring coconut milk into the pudding and tossing in Butterfinger candy instead of Snickers.

But you’d have thought I added bright red beets.

Me: “Kalani, I made a special salad for you like the Snickers and apple salad you love but it has Butterfingers in it.”

Kalani: “Oh, I don’t really like Butterfingers that much. I like Snickers so that’s why I like that salad.”

Me: “Um, well, I was excited to make it for you because when we go to the Zesto, you always order a Butterfinger Avalanche with coconut and chocolate ice cream.”

Kalani: “Ya, well that’s because Snickers freeze when they are in ice cream and they are too hard to eat.”

Me: “OK. It’s in the refrigerator if you decide to try some. It has Honeycrisp and green apples.”

The next day…

Kalani: “That salad was actually really good!”

Me: “I’m glad you liked it! Could you taste coconut?”

Kalani: “No.”

Me: “If I make it again I’ll add more coconut milk. I didn’t use too much because I wasn’t sure if the taste would be too strong. I didn’t actually use coconut because I don’t like coconut.”

Kalani: “Oh.”

Butterfinger Apple Coconut Salad

  • Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold coconut milk (find coconut milk in the Chinese/Oriental food section - do NOT use cream of coconut)
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) carton whipped cream
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, chopped into bite-sized pieces (or your favorite red apple)
  • bag of fun-size Butterfinger candy bars, chopped (or 5 regular size Butterfinger candy bars chopped)
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk coconut milk and milk with pudding mix. Let it rest for 3 minutes. Fold in whipped cream. Gently fold in chopped apples, candy bars, and coconut.

  2. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Best if eaten within 24 hours. Makes approximately 12 servings.

Relax. I made a cheesecake, I didn't fold a fitted sheet.

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