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This easy fruit dip is sweet, tangy, and only uses two main ingredients. Add your favorite extract or fruit juice to complement any flavor! Serve with your favorite fresh fruit or suggested list of other dippable snacks.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS EASY FRUIT DIP RECIPE
Who doesn’t love a recipe with basic ingredients? I know I do! And if it’s an easy recipe to boot, I’m all for it.
This easy fruit dip recipe is just that: it’s made with two main ingredients that you can find easily in the grocery store, and you can use this homemade dip to cater to both small and large groups.
This delicious dip goes perfectly with a fruit tray, a fruit platter, fruit kabobs, a fruit charcuterie board, or even non-fruit things like Vanilla Wafers, pound cake, graham crackers, or animal crackers.
Not only do we love this dip for an after school snack, it’s the perfect choice for birthday parties, bridal showers, a baby shower, or any other family gatherings where you find yourself and your guests huddled around an assortment of things to snack on.
And guess what else? This creamy fruit dip is one of my favorite ways to whip up a snack on a hot summer day when our favorite fresh fruits are a welcome treat from the heat or during the cooler months when apple slices and citrus segments are more in season.
Lastly, you won’t find any Cool Whip here. That ingredient is not allowed in our house, nor on my website. Fresh whipped cream only (glad we got that out of the way).
SIMPLE INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE FRUIT DIP
This easy cream cheese fruit dip relies on two must ingredients and you have some wiggle room with a third ingredient.
For this fruit dip recipe, you will need:
• block cream cheese (you can use full fat or low fat!)
• marshmallow fluff (also known as marshmallow cream or marshmallow creme depending on where you live)
• extract of your choice (I prefer almond extract)
I always add a bit of almond extract to mine, which I think takes the flavor from awesome to amazing, but you can absolutely leave it out. Additional flavor options include orange zest, a splash of vanilla extract, or any other extract or spice you see fit for your platter of fresh fruit (see more options below).
Whatever you decide to add (if anything at all), I believe in you to create the perfect combination of flavors.
Just leave the Cool Whip out of it. PLEASE. If you feel like your creamy fruit dip needs something extra, turn to homemade whipped cream.
You’ll thank me for that one later, I promise.
HOW TO MAKE MARSHMALLOW FRUIT DIP
A fruit dip recipe is seriously as simple as taking that softened cream cheese and whipping it with the sweet marshmallow creme.
This will take… A couple minutes? If that. It’s truly that easy and the total time from start to finish is so fast, you might even have “taste tested” it all before you realize it’s done and ready to serve.
And the best part? You can use an electric mixer for this, so no need to bring out your stand mixer. Unless that’s all you have! But you don’t need all that power. This dip is really easy to bring together.
HOW TO SERVE THIS CREAM CHEESE FRUIT DIP RECIPE
Add your fruit dip to a bowl and serve it on a platter with fruit or any of the aforementioned dippers. If you’re hosting a party, consider spooning some fruit dip into individual cups and make fruit kebabs for a fun walking fruit dip situation!
SUCCESS TIPS FOR 3-INGREDIENT FRUIT DIP
It’s very important that you use room temperature cream cheese, otherwise you run the risk of the cream cheese clumping. Keep that fruit dip lump-free!
Sometimes the stickiness of marshmallow fluff causes it to climb up the beaters of your mixer. If this happens, just use a spatula to scrape it off and back into the bowl. Once it incorporates into the cream cheese, it should stop climbing so much.
If you find your fruit dip is too lumpy, allow the whole thing to sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes so the chunks can soften and incorporate better into the dip. Refer to tip #1, as this is probably the underlying issue to lumps.
EASY FRUIT DIP SUBSTITUTIONS OR VARIATIONS
Use your (or your tastebuds’) imagination to dream up any flavor combination possible for this fruit dip! Some of my favorite ways to change up this fruit dip flavor include:
LOWER FAT CREAM CHEESE: unlike many recipes that call for cream cheese, you can absolutely use a lower fat cream cheese here. Just don’t use the whipped cream cheese you find in a tub. Stick to the block!
MARASCHINO CHERRY JUICE: add about 1 to 2 Tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice to make a beautiful pink hue for Valentine’s Day, a baby shower, or just for the sake of having a pink dip.
STRAWBERRY COMPOTE: another way to turn your dip pink? Add some fresh strawberry sauce!
STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE: you can really use any flavor of cream cheese here, if your local grocery store carries more than just strawberry. Of course, I would not recommend a savory cream cheese flavor here, but anything fruity would be perfect!
BROWN SUGAR: add another level of flavor by adding 1 to 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar.
HOT FUDGE: make a chocolatey dip by adding hot fudge sauce or chocolate sauce. Just 1 to 2 Tablespoons will do the trick!
SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE: add a salty element to your fruit dip by stirring 2 Tablespoons of homemade caramel sauce into your dip. Feeling saucy?? Use bourbon caramel sauce instead (just make sure you’re not serving this to kids).
CITRUS ZEST & JUICE: use an orange, lemon, lime, or even grapefruit to turn your dip into something fabulous! Add all of the zest and 1 to 2 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed juice.
CAN I MAKE MY FRUIT DIP AHEAD OF TIME?
This delicious fruit dip can absolutely be made up to 1 day in advance of your serving it. It will sit nicely in the refrigerator until you’re ready for it, and…
Bonus points: you can even freeze this fruit dip so you have one less thing to prepare the day of whatever sort of party or gathering you’re hosting or going to. Thaw in the fridge overnight and you’re golden!
IS FRUIT DIP GLUTEN FREE?
It sure is! Double check your fluff container, though, just to be safe. There should not be any gluten in there because fluff is generally reliably gluten free, but it never hurts to check.
WHAT ELSE CAN I SERVE WITH TWO-INGREDIENT FRUIT DIP?
You’ll be pleased to know that this cream cheese dip can be used with anything from fresh strawberries to fresh pineapple and all the way to vanilla wafers, Teddy Grahams, graham crackers, pound cake, pretzels, and/or a side of chocolate chips. The limit does not exist to what you can serve.
We love cream cheese.
We love fluff.
Put them together and we have something magical.
Like… I don’t know if I can even call this a “recipe” for fruit dip. Because it’s more like a sticky note for fruit dip. And I think you’re going to love it!
FRUIT DIP FAQs
Easy Fruit Dip Recipe
- 8 ounces (225g) block cream cheese1 softened to room temperature
- 7 ounces (198g) marshmallow creme
- OPTIONAL: ¼ teaspoon desired extract2
- Add the cream cheese and the marshmallow creme to a medium size bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a handheld mixer or the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and marshmallow together on medium-high speed until smooth.
- Turn off the mixer, add extract, if using, and beat again on low speed. Allow dip to chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving with fruit. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Dip may be frozen3 up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
- Cream cheese: use full fat or lower fat cream cheese. Consider using strawberry cream cheese or other fruit-flavored cream cheese to make your own fun version.
- Extract: you can omit flavored extract completely, though I recommend a but just for a little something extra. Consider vanilla extract or even a citrus like orange extract or lemon extract. My favorite is almond extract because its flavor lends well to and complements most fruits.
- Freezing: you may have to re-whip this fruit dip after being frozen in order to keep it nice and fluffy.
All nutritional values are approximate and provided to the reader as a courtesy. Changing ingredients and/or quantities will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.