The Fluid Pudding Family Caramel Apple Salad Recipe

Oh, people. You’re making this NaBloPoMo thing easy when you ask for things like recipes.

And, please know that I fought the urge to say Recipe: Throw 12 apples into a large bowl. Add 64 Brach’s caramels (wrapped or unwrapped). Happy Thanksgiving.

Since you asked, here is the recipe Grandma used.


  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 carton (8 oz.) Cool Whip
  • 4 cups diced Granny Smith apples
  • 1 cup chopped salted dry roasted peanuts, divided

In a heavy saucepan, combine flour, sugar, pineapple with juice, egg, and vinegar. Bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly; cook on medium until thickened. Refrigerate until cold. In a large mixing bowl, fold cooled pineapple mixture into Cool Whip, then fold in apples and 1/2 cup peanuts. Pour into a serving dish and garnish with remaining peanuts.

So, yeah. Absolutely no caramel included, but it TASTES like caramel is included. And I suppose that’s what matters.

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12 thoughts on “The Fluid Pudding Family Caramel Apple Salad Recipe”

  1. The sauce part of the recipe is nearly exactly (subbing in lemon juice for vinegar) what my mother used to use, poured over pineapple, marshmallows, and grated cheddar cheese, for a salad when I was a kid.

    Who makes these things up?

  2. If I wasn’t already making two pies for a meal where there will be more food than necessary, I would totally bring this along.

    As it is, maybe I will take it to one of my Christmas parties this year. :)

  3. OK, the comments were disabled on your piano post, and I just got to watch you play. Wow. Holy wow. You are incredible. I would have to practice the two decades you left out to be worthy to turn your sheet music!

  4. Look, I’m not sure, but I *think* this may be one of those dishes that I’d eat and enjoy but wouldn’t want to know how it was made. No offense, of course.

  5. Thank you Angela! I now have something else to bring to the table in addition to Brussels Sprouts and Yummy Yam Casserole.

  6. Thank you thank you thank you! I’m’a try this post haste! I have a houseful of homeless guys (I work at a homeless shelter, I don’t take in random vagrants off the street) that’ll just love to do a taste test!

  7. I like the first recipe better. But then, I don’t cook for fun. Also, I officially hate you now. One person should not have so many talents. Seriously, what can’t you do? Where’s the blindfolded rollerskating video then? Where’s the ‘eating peas with chopsticks’ video? Where’s the ‘riding a unicycle whilst juggling with chainsaws’ video?

  8. “And, please know that I fought the urge to say Recipe: Throw 12 apples into a large bowl. Add 64 Brach’s caramels (wrapped or unwrapped). Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Dude, if we ever meet in real life, we’re gonna be SUCH good friends!

  9. psssst…. wanna know why it tastes like caramel? (because you are actually MAKING the caramel from the sugar and the pineapple) :)

    This will be a recipe that I am going to try. I’ve never heard of this, nor tasted this. I can’t believe that out of all of the hundreds of cookbooks and recipes that I read that I’ve not ran into this. Thanks!!

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