The Best Fruit Dip EVER

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The Best Fruit Dip Ever is just three ingredients that result in a luxurious, perfectly sweet fruit dip. It really is the best ever!

A couple weeks ago I stopped by my parent’s house and found my Mom sitting at the kitchen table flipping through an old binder of the quick and easy recipes she made when my brothers and I were real little, back in the early 80s.

We giggled over hand written recipes and newspaper clippings for simple, but seriously outdated, dishes like Creamy Pimento Spread (just, why?), Bachelor Company Casserole (throw everything + anything + rice into a casserole dish, then bake), and Ham Loaf (whose cloyingly sweet taste is still etched into my brain).

As we turned the pages, reminiscing about the Quiche Lorraine, Corn Flake Chicken, and Fancy Mousse of yesteryear, I gasped – Fruit Dip!

I remember devouring the thick, fluffy, luscious fruit dip my Mom would occasionally surprise my brothers and me with as a special after-school snack like it was yesterday!

Sweet, whippy, and impossibly creamy, this fruit dip is unlike anything – EVER – and I was positively chomping at the bit to taste it again after 15+ years.

The best part? The recipe only contains three ingredients. (The 80s knew what was up!)

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That’d be a 7oz tub of marshmallow creme.

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8oz 1/3 less fat (or whipped) cream cheese softened to room temperature (very important!)

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And 2 Tablespoons frozen –> thawed orange juice concentrate.

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Simply spoon the marshmallow creme into a large, microwave safe bowl, then microwave for 20 seconds so it’s smooth and not so sticky. Add in the cream cheese, then drizzle in the orange juice concentrate.

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Whisk until the mixture is super smooth. That’s it!

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At this point, hover over the bowl and shovel spoonfuls of the sweet stuff into your mouth, stick the dip in the fridge and get some fresh fruit dippers ready. :)

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You could totally prepare a plain ol’ bowl or tray of fruit to pair with the dip or, do what I did, and make super-cute fruit kabobs for dunking.

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Any fruit combo under the sun would work, but I anchored my kabobs with a red grape, followed by a strawberry.

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A pineapple chunk canned in 100% juice was next (no way was I paying what the grocery store was asking for a fresh one!), followed by another red grape to anchor the other end.

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Dip, dip, dip!!!

The Best Fruit Dip EVER

Print this recipe!

Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:
7oz Marshmallow Creme
8oz low-fat or whipped cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2 Tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
Fruit dippers:
strawberries, grapes, pineapple, apples, berries, cantaloupe

Directions:

Spoon marshmallow creme into a large, microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 20 seconds. Whisk in softened cream cheese and orange juice concentrate until very smooth. Chill, then serve with fruit.

No joke – Top 5 favorite recipes of all time. I can’t even begin to describe how utterly delicious this dip is!

The texture is velvety smooth, and super thick. It alllmost tastes like cheesecake (but not totally, as I don’t love cheesecake) which makes it crazy good on strawberries.

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Let’s be real though, this fruit dip would make shoe leather taste good! ;)

Fruit dip is awesome as a snack, like we used to have, or for any party or get together. I’m thinking it would even be delicious on a fruit pizza!

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Comments

  1. I’m totally making this. Anything with Marshmallow Fluff and I’m game :) (except I like to Fluff brand – it must be that retro bottle). BTW, my friend usually makes hers with strawberry cream cheese and cool whip. Still delicious.

  2. Rebecca Kennedy 05.02.2012

    I just have to tell you how much I LOVE your blog!! Thank you for all of the awesome recipes and your Friday favorites….I always look forward to seeing what you find each week!

  3. colleen calhoun 05.02.2012

    whats the orange stuff on top – orange zest?

  4. Taryn @ Formal Fringe 05.02.2012

    Oh I cannot wait to make this! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Charity 05.02.2012

    Your blog is so colorful, clean and appealing. Thanks for sharing so many vibrant recipes!

  6. Amy Lackey 05.02.2012

    I have another one for you to try…
    sugar free vanilla pudding (just the powder stuff)
    16 oz. fat free plain yogurt
    8 oz fat free cool whip

    blend all together and it tastes just like the mashmallow fluff stuff – no orange zest, though, but could be added!

  7. Michelle 05.03.2012

    There’s a B&B in northern Illinois that serves a version of this with fresh fruit every morning as part of the breakfast spread. She uses a It is served with grapes, strawberries, kiwi, banana slices, cantalope and honeydew melon.
    Mmmmmmm! I agree with you – it can make ANYTHING taste good! I could (and have!) eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon.

    • LLWP 09.24.2012

      you could make home made marshmallow creme.
      3/4 cup granulated sugar
      1/2 cup light corn syrup
      1/4 cup water
      1/8 teaspoon fine salt
      2 large egg whites, at room temperature
      1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
      1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
      INSTRUCTIONS
      Stir together the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 240°F on a candy/fat thermometer.
      Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Start whipping the egg whites to soft peaks on medium speed. (The goal is to have the egg whites whipped and ready, waiting for your syrup to be drizzled in. If they’re whipping faster than your syrup is coming to temperature, just stop the mixer until the syrup is ready.)
      When the syrup reaches 240°F, reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly drizzle about 2 tablespoons of syrup into the egg whites to warm them. (If you add too much syrup at once, the whites will scramble.) Slowly drizzle in the rest of the syrup. Increase the speed to medium high and whip until the marshmallow crème is stiff and glossy, about 7 minutes. Add in the vanilla and whip 2 minutes more. Use immediately or refrigerate stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
      no comparison

  8. Lizy 05.04.2012

    This looks amazing! I live in New Zealand and we don’t have jars of marshmallow stuff. What do you think I could use instead? Also, I’m sure we don’t have frozen orange juice concentrate but I could just use the carton concentrate right? Thanks :) Lizy

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.04.2012

      You might try cool whip/whipped cream?! Also, you can use any jam or jelly instead of the orange juice concentrate. Just warm it up a bit in the microwave first to get it runny!

  9. Erika 05.04.2012

    Quick question. I want to make this but I have someone who is allergic to oranges. Do you have any suggestions for what else I could use?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.04.2012

      You can use any sweet jam/jelly – raspberry/strawberry, etc. Just heat it for about 15 seconds in the microwave first to get it runny!

  10. Abby M. 05.04.2012

    Can you make the night before? Having a big party and need to make a large spread. Is it good the next day?

  11. LP @dishclips 05.04.2012

    Just 3 ingredients? That’s amazing!

  12. Lori 05.05.2012

    Ive done this for years & it’s always a hit! I haven’t tried it with the oj concentrate yet although it sounds delish, seems like it would make it taste lighter. I often add in between half & a full container of Yoplait Light Yogurt! Blueberry, Key Lime & White Chocolate is so yummy! :)

  13. Traci Jones 05.05.2012

    I just use the cream cheese and fluff. And for variety use strawberry fluff instead of the white.

  14. Kristi 05.07.2012

    you can do this with frozen lemonade too. We were just talking about this yesterday, it really is AMAZING. I have never microwaved the Fluff before, I will try it though to see if it changes it at all.
    If you are making this for a party, make sure you buy enough for a double batch… it will go quickly!!

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  16. Jenn 05.09.2012

    Wow. Seriously. I made this for my daughter’s first birthday party (which was Sunday) as the dip for her rainbow fruit trays. I made it again Tuesday and bought two packs of strawberries. I can’t get enough of this stuff! I loved the orange concentrate in it. Another recipe I saw added even more sugar (powdered) but I can’t imagine wanting to since this is already so sweet. I think I’ll try other juice concentrates with this, too. YUM!!

    ***Proof of it’s deliciousness: It was gone before anyone even touched the candy buffet at the party!**

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  18. TeeJay 05.15.2012

    I usually make my recipe with fresh lemon juice, but I can imagine orange juice concentrate being equally as yummy. :) The trouble with this recipe though…the fruit never makes it to the dip because I end up eating the dip straight with a spoon! LOL

  19. Ashley 05.24.2012

    This stuff is so yummy!! I am making for Memorial Day weekend and the easiness of 3 ingredients is awesome. I’m going to pair it with strawberries, grapes and cantaloupe. Can’t wait!

  20. Jennifer 05.26.2012

    I don’t have a microwave, is there another way to go about heating up the marshmallow creme?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.28.2012

      It should still work fine – you might just need a little bit of elbow grease to get it all worked in!

  21. Cass 06.15.2012

    I just made this yesterday after work because I needed something quick to take to a friend’s house for dessert – SO GOOD! I’m super excited that I still have some in the fridge and now I’m looking around the house wondering what else I can dip into this wonderful stuff. Thanks a bunch and keep on blogging!

  22. Leatitia 06.28.2012

    DELISH! It tastes like CREAM SICLE!!! I made this for my son’s first birthday and I’m sure all my family will love it! Thank you!

  23. I just made this for a BBQ and it was a HIT! So many people asked for the recipe. Nice work!

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  25. Shelly 07.10.2012

    I have never had this with orange juice. Can’t wait to try it! We usually use marshmallow creme and cream cheese. Still delicious!

  26. Amy 10.09.2012

    A friend made this with strawberry cream cheese (is that even still a thing?) and the fluff, and it was awesome. And one less ingredient, too!

  27. Kelley 11.10.2012

    I made this for my housewarming party and it was ridiculously loved by everyone! My friend told me if I left her alone with it, there’d be a her-face-shaped hole in the middle and one of my friend’s kids didn’t want to leave cause it was go good.

    AMAZING!!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.10.2012

      Hahaha, so glad it was a hit! And tell your friend I am the exact same way around this dip! ;)

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  30. Sandra 02.15.2013

    Going to try this tomorrow.. sounds much more interesting that cool whip and strawberry yogurt…not that I also don’t like that.. but everyone has done this…. TO DEATH ! ! !

  31. Sandra 02.15.2013

    Going to try this tomorrow.. sounds much more interesting that cool whip and strawberry yogurt…not that I also don’t like that.. but everyone has done that one…. TO DEATH ! ! !

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  37. Eileen 04.23.2013

    Kristen,
    I found your site yesterday as a sat in a hospital room caring for my very sick mother. I have to say your humor, charm, love of all that life has to offer us and of course your delectable recipes especially the deserts cheered me up. You mentioned in your fruit dip recipe how your Mom made it for you and your brother when you were younger. Your excitement was very apparent in the finding of that recipe again. My Mom is way to sick to do any of her wonderful baking but I have been inspired by you to get the kitchen aid whirling. Mom’s Famous Crunch Cake will be on a cake plate under glass for everyone to taste a bit of the joy my Mom would always bring to each of us every time she made it. Thanks for the lift.

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  39. Sheree 05.17.2013

    How long do you chill in the fridge? I am going to make this tomorrow for a soccer party, but won’t be serving it for several hours. Will it need to soften up substanially before serving?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.18.2013

      It doesn’t need to soften up substantially. It is fine right out of the fridge!

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  42. Alice Chen 09.22.2013

    When I saw only 3 items for your dip, I knew then this was the real thing. Many doctor it up with all kinds of stuff. But in my opinion, this original is perfect. By the way, I also have 2 gallon zip lock bags with all those recipes you metioned.

  43. Sara 11.23.2013

    Delish! Thanks for posting!!!

  44. Kim L 11.27.2013

    I am a staunch disliker of all things fruit dip….until now! So yummy and I’m sure my Thankgiving Day crowd will be thanking you too! Thanks for the great recipe.

  45. Margaret R 12.30.2013

    This dip sounds yummy with the orange juice in it! I’ll have to try it! I have a recipe from a co-worker that uses the marshmallow creme, cream cheese and simply adds crushed peppermint candies (the red & white hard candies sometimes called “Starlight Mints”). It is also a fruit dip and is totally YUMMY too! The mint flavor is really delish with the fruit!

  46. Erin 01.23.2014

    I love this dip, my mom used to make it when I was a kid. It is delicious. Can you share where you found the sticks for the fruit kabobs?

    • Kristin 01.24.2014

      They’re cake pop sticks from Michaels craft store!

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  48. Michelle Johnson 01.27.2014

    I remember growing up on eating Frito corn chips and milk in the bowl like cereal, also dipping buttery toast in a hot cup of coffee and eating, ritz crackers and milk in a bowl was a hit too. My grandma was always eating grape jelly on saltine crackers , guess it was a salty sweet thing!!

  49. Martha Brusegar 02.02.2014

    I added 1 tsp. of vanilla and 2 Tbsp. of finely chopped orange rind to the dip. Gave it a little more orange zing….fantastic.

  50. V 03.12.2014

    Do you think this would work with limeade instead of oj?

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