Taffy Apple Salad

Taffy Apple Salad is absolutely spectacular. It has lots of fruit in every bite and it tastes just like eating candied apples. It’s   A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Taffy Apple Salad is made with unpeeled apples, crushed pineapple, marshmallows, and peanuts coated in a delightful syrup combined with whipped topping. When the salad is all stirred together it is absolutely divine.

This is a great salad for holiday entertaining but it’s also great to make in the fall after apple harvest. It’s relatively easy to make and you’re family will feel like they’re being treated likes kings and queens when they eat this luscious salad. Taffy Apple Salad is light and fluffy, but it has a wonderful texture from the peanuts and apple pieces.

Years ago, I adapted and compiled this salad from two recipes in Women’s Circle Home Cooking Cookbooks circa 1991. These cookbooks are fantastic even though they don’t have pictures. I prefer recipes that really taste good  and these cookbooks are similar to Taste of Home recipes in that they present regular home cooking recipes everyone actually eats and enjoys.

I made this recipe many times when our children were growing up and they, along with my husband, always loved this festive and tasty salad. Quite frankly, Taffy Apple Salad tastes more like a dessert than a salad!

We love this delicious salad recipe and believe you and your family will love it too if you give it a try. If you like the taste of taffy apples, you will fall in love with this salad!

When I initially posted this recipe in December 2012, I had made it for company right before the Christmas holidays. That was back when I was using a iPhone 3 for a camera which produced poor quality results for a food blog.

I’ve been remaking all my first-year blog recipes so I can update the pictures and this one came up for remake last month (May 2015). I brought it to a large potluck gathering at our church and everyone loved it.

I prefer using Gala or Fuji apples anytime I make a recipe with apples because they are sweeter than other apples and hold up better than some with the tossing of ingredients. But I’ve used other apples with good results, as well. I highly recommend putting Taffy Apple Salad on your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu this year. Everyone will rave over it and beg you for the recipe, and you will go home with a clean bowl. 🙂

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Taffy Apple Salad is one of the most delicious salads you’ll ever eat.

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This spectacular salad tastes like eating candied apples!

Taffy Apple Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This delectable #salad tastes just like eating #candyapples! It's great for #holiday menus. #apples #peanuts #pineapple

We served this tasty salad for company the other night and everyone raved over it!

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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In a saucepan over low heat, place cornstarch. Add sugar and whisk together until there are no more lumps. Add apple cider vinegar.

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Drain and reserve all the liquid from a large can of crushed pineapple.  Add pineapple juice to saucepan with sugar mixture. Stir ingredients together and cook over low heat until mixture begins to thicken. This may take several minutes.

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After mixture thickens, remove from heat and allow it to cool slightly–about 5 minutes (otherwise you will cook the egg). Stir in one beaten egg. 

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Whisk egg into sugar mixture. Remove whisk and place entire pan in a freezer for about 30 minutes to cool completely.

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Meanwhile, make up salad. Place dry roasted and salted peanuts in large salad bowl. This salad with works better with salted peanuts rather than unsalted. Add marshmallows, drained pineapple and diced, unpeeled Gala or Fuji apples.

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Pour cold taffy apple sauce over salad ingredients.

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Stir in cool whip topping.

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Taffy Apple Salad is a fabulous salad to serve for holiday dinners.

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Each bite is filled with apples, marshmallows, pineapple and peanuts in a scrumptious candied apple sauce. Doesn’t Taffy Apple Salad look wonderful? 

 

Here’s the recipe.

TAFFY APPLE SALAD

(Recipe adapted from two Women’s Circle Cookbooks)

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Lovely fruity and fluffy salad that's great for holiday entertaining. This one includes apples, crushed pineapple, peanuts and marshmallows in a tasty sauce that tastes like eating taffy apples. This recipe is gluten free.
Taffy Apple Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Taffy Apple Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Place apples, drained pineapple, marshmallows and nuts in bowl; mix.
  2. Combine cornstarch, sugar, vinegar and reserved pineapple juice.
  3. Cook over low heat until mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Remove from heat and cool at least 5 minutes.
  5. Add beaten egg.
  6. Cool.
  7. (I usually put it in my freezer—saucepan and all—for about 20-30 minutes while I’m preparing the apples.)
  8. Stir into apple mixture with whipped topping.
  9. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 6 hours.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: This reminds you of eating taffy apples.

NOTE: I prefer using either Gala or Fuji apples because they’re sweet apples and don’t get bruised as easily as Delicious apples.

NOTE: Preparation time does not include the time needed to cool the taffy sauce before mixing with the other salad ingredients.

NOTE: You must allow the taffy apple sauce to cool at least 5 minutes before adding the beaten egg, or you will cook the eggs and have scrambled eggs in the sauce!

NOTE: Salted peanuts work better than unsalted peanuts in this recipe.

 

[b]Taffy Apple Salad[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from two [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Circle-For-Cooks-Go/dp/1559932031/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402519231&sr=8-1&keywords=women%27s+circle+cookbooks” target=”_blank” title=”women’s circle cookbook”]Women’s Circle[/url] Cookbooks
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Serves: 10
Lovely fruity and fluffy salad that’s great for holiday entertaining. This one includes apples, crushed pineapple, peanuts and marshmallows in a tasty sauce that tastes like eating taffy apples. This recipe is gluten free.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups chopped Gala or Fuji apples, unpeeled (usually about 4 large apples or two of each)
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple drained, reserving juice
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 2 cups[url href=”http://www.kraftrecipes.com/” target=”_blank”]Kraft[/url] miniature marshmallows
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 16-oz. container [url href=”http://coolwhip.kraftbrands.com/coolwhip.aspx#/home” target=”_blank”]Cool Whip[/url] non-dairy whipped topping
Instructions
  1. Place apples, drained pineapple, marshmallows and nuts in bowl; mix.
  2. Combine cornstarch, sugar, vinegar and reserved pineapple juice.
  3. Cook over low heat until mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Remove from heat and cool at least 5 minutes.
  5. Add beaten egg.
  6. Cool.
  7. (I usually put it in my freezer—saucepan and all—for about 20-30 minutes while I’m preparing the apples.)
  8. Stir into apple mixture with whipped topping.
  9. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 6 hours.
Notes
This reminds you of eating taffy apples.[br][br]I prefer using either Gala or Fuji apples because they’re sweet apples and don’t get bruised as easily as Delicious apples.[br][br]Preparation time does not include the time needed to cool the taffy sauce before mixing with the other salad ingredients.[br][br]You must allow the taffy apple sauce to cool at least 5 minutes before adding the beaten egg, or you will cook the eggs and have scrambled eggs in the sauce![br][br]Salted peanuts works better than unsalted peanuts in this recipe.

Taffy Apple Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This delectable #salad tastes just like eating #candyapples! It's great for #holiday menus. #apples #peanuts #pineapple

This close up shows the fluffy texture of this salad.

Taffy Apple Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This delectable #salad tastes just like eating #candyapples! It's great for #holiday menus. #apples #peanuts #pineapple

Your family and guests will love tasting this wonderful Taffy Apple Salad. It tastes more like eating dessert than salad.

Taffy Apple Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This delectable #salad tastes just like eating #candyapples! It's great for #holiday menus. #apples #peanuts #pineapple

If you enjoy eating taffy apples, you’ll love this salad – and so will your family and guests.

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Ambrosia Waldorf Salad

Ambrosia Waldorf Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this marvelous fluffy & fruity #salad has always been a family favorite for the #holidays. #Cranberries provide zest and it also includes #grapes #pineapple and #apples.

 

Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad

Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Such a quick, easy and refreshing #fruitsalad for summer barbecues and #holidays. #fruit #salad

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    Tracy November 16, 2014 (8:31 pm)

    I love this recipe! I’ve made this for years and it never last very long! My recipe also adds 1 10oz jar of maraschino cherries, drained!

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      Teresa November 17, 2014 (8:07 am)

      I love that addition, Tracy. I’ll have to try it that way sometime. Thanks for sharing.

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    afracooking December 25, 2012 (12:45 pm)

    What a fabulous recipe to share – I have never seen anything like it!

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa December 25, 2012 (4:17 pm)

      It really is delicious. I found this in a cookbook in the 90s and was intrigued and tried it. It was fabulous. Tastes just like eating taffy apples.

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    LizForADay December 19, 2012 (5:42 am)

    Would you compare this to ambrosia? It looks similar. 🙂 You really can’t go wrong with whipped cream.

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      Teresa December 19, 2012 (11:01 am)

      A little bit like ambrosia – but because of the peanuts and the apple cider/pineapple sauce mix you spread on it the salad tastes like eating taffy apples – really. It’s fantastic.

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    petit4chocolatier December 18, 2012 (7:59 pm)

    Wow, your step by step pictures and instructions are incredible. Your taffy apple salad is absolutely over the top delicious!!

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa December 18, 2012 (9:51 pm)

      It’s really easy and such a fabulous side for the holidays. You ought to give it a whirl!

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    colmel December 17, 2012 (1:38 pm)

    Once again, I’m thinking Christmas! Granny Smith would add a touch of tart AND green to the salad!

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa December 17, 2012 (7:12 pm)

      Yes, I’ve used that before. It’s fabulous.

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