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Everyone’s Obsessed! See Why TikTok Can’t Stop Talking About This Candy Salad Recipe!

It’s candy, but way more fun.

There’s a special kind of salad that’s all the rage on TikTok these days—and it’s perfect for those with a sweet tooth. It’s a tasty treat for all the candy lovers out there and it has a simple name: candy salad. 

What is Candy Salad? 

Sometimes social media trends are complicated. Others aren’t. In this case, it’s the latter. Candy salad is simply a bunch of different types of unwrapped candy mixed together in a bowl. 

Most of the time candy salads follow a theme, whether that be by holiday or color, although you can dump any candy you like in a bowl and mix it up, which is part of the appeal. At this time of year, for example, you’ll see a lot of fall or Halloween themes. 

How to make Candy Salad 

Anyone can make candy salad, but some people take pride in creating a standout formula.

TikToker @hunterkailey calls it their “signature dish.” 

@hunterkailey my signature dish #candysalad #partytreats #candy #hostingideas ♬ Get Off The Wall – Philly Goats

Others take it as a challenge to show off their creative skills. TikToker @tessapeay made a version with all green ingredients for St. Patrick’s Day and noted, “Doc told me to eat more greens.” 

@tessapeay Doc told me to eat more greens 🤒 #candysalad #stpatricksday #green #pinterest #stpattysday #stpattysday2023 #greenriver ♬ Woop Baby – Letherette

The great thing about making a candy salad is that there are no rules. You are free to create your own unique mix and the possibilities are virtually unlimited. A common approach is to mix different types of textures or flavor elements, like sweet and salty.

This time of year, leftover Halloween candy is pretty much a given. Candy salad is a fun way to use up the spooky sweets. Sure, it’s the same candy, but it feels different because instead of picking and choosing from your treat bag, you can get a little bit of everything all at once. 

How to Serve Candy Salad

Candy salad is usually served in a large bowl. Be sure to choose one that is large enough to hold all of the components, and leaves room for stirring. You want to blend all the ingredients well, so every serving contains a varied assortment.

Serve a large candy salad with a large spoon for serving or if your crew is more particular you can set out bowls of different candies and let people create their own personalized candy salad. If you’re using full-size candy bars or rope-style candy (like Twizzlers), cut the candy into pieces. 

You can also package up candy salad and take it with you for an easy on-the-go snack. TikToker @mikaylamcn calls candy salad “a road trip necessity.” 

@mikaylamcn Candy salad is a roadtrip necessity 🚘🍭 #candysalad #candy #restock #restockasmr #snacks #lifestyle #roadtrip #life #lifehacks #asmr #asmrsounds #vacation #foodtiktok ♬ original sound – mikayla mcneany

Great Examples of Candy Salad Recipes

TikTok user @addiemclarke_ (Addie Clarke) is one of the most prolific posters on the topic and may quickly become your go-to authority on all things candy salad.

She has a specific candy salad recipe tailored for just about every occasion and featuring almost every type of common candy. Some of her recent highlights: 

Birthday candy salad

This is the mix Clarke chose for her own birthday candy salad because it contained some of her favorite candies. You can customize your mix based on whatever candy the birthday celebrant loves most. 

@addiemclarke_ Replying to @🧸 ahhhh!!! I obviously LOVE this one 🎂🎉💫🩷🧸 #candysaladqueen #candysaladgirl #candysaladbowl #candysalad🍭 #candysalad #fyp #fypシ #addieclarke #fypage #foryoupage #fypシ゚viral #viralvideo #viral #utah #saltlakecity #addiesfavoritecandysalad #birthdaycandysalad ♬ original sound – Addie Clarke

1990s candy salad

As someone who was born in the 90s, Clarke enjoyed getting a box of iconic candy from that decade and creating this nostalgic mix.

@addiemclarke_ 1990’s might be my favorite candy decade 👟👀🍭🥗 #candysaladqueen #candysaladgirl #candysaladbowl #candysalad🍭 #candysalad #fyp #fypシ #fypage #foryoupage #fypシ゚viral #viral #viralvideo #viraltiktok #addieclarke #utah #saltlakecity #1990s #1990sretro #1990scandy #1990scandysalad #1990scandybox #decadecandysalad #nostalgiccandy ♬ original sound – Addie Clarke

CANDY SALAD IS SO FUN!

Candy Salad is all over TikTok and Instagram right now, and even though this might seem like the easiest recipe ever (it kind of is), it’s also pure genius! And yes, leave it to TikTok to turn candy into a salad.

You can make candy salad for birthdays and get-togethers or sneak it into the movies, as the viral trendsetters are recommending. You can make candy salad for at-home movie nights, holiday parties, and road trips.

There are many different ways to make candy salad, but the classic go-to version is usually a mix of fruity-flavored gummy candies. You can choose what you put in your candy salad and make a batch as little or as big as you want!

WHY WE LOVE CANDY SALAD!

Do you ever go to the movies or the store candy aisle and want more than just one bag? Like you want sour patch kids, but you also want gummy worms and maybe even Reese’s pieces too?

Enter candy salad, where you make a trail mix of sorts with all your favorites and then portion it out! Leaving you with a variety of sweet treats to enjoy!

It’s basically like someone took a whole candy bar table (like you see at events) and dumped it all into a giant bucket!

CANDY SALAD INGREDIENTS

  • Sour Patch Kids Strawberries
  • Sour Patch Kids Watermelon
  • Gummy Worms
  • Sour Crawlers
  • Sweetart Chews
  • Gummy Bears
  • Magic Sticks
  • Sour Punch Straws
  • Nerds Gummy Clusters
  • Sour Streamers

You can choose your ingredients based on your personal tastes and the theme you are doing for your event!

CANDY SALAD VARIATIONS

  • Everything: Anything your heart desires. These salads can be themed for holidays, events, or even movies.
  • Chocolate Mix: bite-size chocolate candies like M&M’s and mini Reeses cups.
  • Sour Mix: sour gummy worms, Warheads, and even some sour gummy strips.
  • Sweet Mix: Gummy bears, nerd gummy clusters, and peach rings.

HOW TO MAKE CANDY SALAD

Candy salad is a combination of all your favorites to enjoy. All you need to do is get your choice of candies, toss them together in a container or bowl, then enjoy.

HOW TO STORE CANDY SALAD

Since this is just candy, it will last a very long time. But it’s important to store it in an airtight container (squeeze out any excess air if storing it in a bag); this way, the gummy candies don’t dry out. You’ll also want to keep it cool and not leave it out in the sun for too long, as the gummies can get sticky.

CANDY SALAD FAQS

What Kinds Of Candy Can I Use?

Any! I would just try to keep the candy all similar in size so it mixes well. For strings or strips of candy, make sure to cut them into pieces before adding them.

How Much Does It Make?

That’s really up to you and how much you want to make. Use movie theater-sized boxes of candy for a smaller batch or larger bags for a party!

Candy Salad

Candy Salad

Yield: serves 6 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Candy Salad is made with an assortment of candy tossed together like a salad but so much more enjoyable. It's a people's choice kind of recipe and is very versatile with so many fun candy inclusions!

Ingredients

  • Sour Patch Kids Watermelon
  • Sour Patch Kids Strawberries
  • Gummy Bears
  • Sour Brite Crawlers
  • Gummy Worms
  • SweetTarts Chewy Fusions
  • Sour Punch Bites
  • Nerds Gummy Clusters
  • Starmix
  • Candy Straws
  • Sour Streamers

Instructions

  • Add the Sour Patch Kids Watermelon, Sour Patch Kids Strawberries, Gummy Bears, Sour Brite Crawlers, Gummy Worms, SweetTarts Chewy Fusions, Sour Punch Bites, Nerds Gummy Clusters, and Starmix to a large bowl.

  • Cut the Candy Straws and Sour Streamers into 1-inch pieces and add to the bowl with the rest.

  • Toss the candy together then enjoy.

Notes

  • Use the amounts you’d like. Feel free to substitute for other candies or omit those you don’t like.
  • Store in a cool place in an airtight container.

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I’m Jennifer Schlette, a Registered Dietitian and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I love cooking, reading, and my kids! Here you’ll find the healthiest recipes & substitutions for your cooking. Enjoy, and be well, friends!

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