Try these easy fruit dip recipes the next time you have an extended family gathering or party! These fruit dips add a wonderful flavor to all kinds of fruit! The spicy fruit dip is amazing.
Try these easy fruit dip recipes the next time you have an extended family gathering or party. These fruit dips are a fantastic way to encourage your kids to eat veggies and fruit.
If you haven’t made fruit dip before, it’s basically an elevated form of cream cheese perfect for dipping with produce or it can even be used on sandwiches! For kids, it takes the “boring” out of getting your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables into the day.
You can find more great recipes like this one in our Dining on a Dime cookbooks! You’ll find two printable dip recipes from the books at the end of this post.
How to Make The Easy Fruit Dip Recipes
Take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator the night before so it is very soft. Whip the cream cheese with a mixer. Add the condensed milk and lemon juice. Whip again to blend.
Ingredients for Easy Fruit Dip
Cream Cheese. Softened. You can use regular or low-fat cream cheese to make these fruit dip recipes. The recipes were designed to be used with regular cream cheese. Low-fat ceam cheese would work fine, but would change the texture of the dip.
Sweetened Condensed Milk. This comes in a can and is found in the baking aisle at your local grocery store. (It is NOT the same as evaporated milk, so make sure it is sweetened condensed milk!)
Lemon Juice. You can use juice from a fresh-squeezed lemon or lemon juice from a bottle. Either will work.
How to Serve Easy Fruit Dip
Common fruits used with fruit dip include apples (especially the more tart varieties), strawberries, pears, and even grapes. Any fruit that is firm and dippable will work. You can also use vegetables such as baby carrots or cucumbers.
While this is called fruit dip because it was designed to serve with fruit for dipping, you actually have options here. Serve with crackers, shortbread cookies, any hard cookies, or you can even use it as a spread on bread or the sauce on a cucumber sandwich.
How to Make Spicy Fruit Dip
Remove your cream cheese from the refrigerator to soften it at room temperature for as long as you have time for. Mix the fruit preserves and Picante sauce. Pour over the softened brick of cream cheese. No mixing required.
Ingredients for Spicy Fruit Dip
Strawberry or Raspberry Preserves. A jar of your favorite brand is perfect. Save money and stock up on preserves when your brand goes on sale or buy generic. Generic labeled preserves usually work quite nicely for these recipes.
Picante Sauce. Choose your heat level and picante variety.
Cream Cheese. Thoroughly softened.
How to Serve Spicy Fruit Dip
Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, pita chips, or pretzels. You can also serve this dip with veggies such as broccoli, red pepper strips, cauliflower, cucumbers, or baby carrots. Red peppers are the perfect flavor for dipping but yellow and orange bell peppers are mild enough and will also work.
Tips for the Best Fruit Dip Possible
The softer you can get the cream cheese before mixing the dip, the better. To prepare the cream cheese, remove it from your refrigerator and let it sit on your kitchen counter until it reaches room temperature.
It is a possible to microwave the cream cheese, but it is not recommended. If you’re not careful, the cream cheese will soften unevenly and parts of it will melt and become runny. If you really want to soften it in the microwave, you have to be careful and pay attention. Generally, you would put it in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for ONLY 8 seconds at a time, stirring well between each 8 seconds until it is sufficiently softemed.
For the easy fruit dip recipes, whip the cream cheese thoroughly. This helps further soften the cream cheese and makes it easier to dip.
How to Store Leftovers
Both of these easy fruit dip recipes can be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container for several days if it lasts that long. This dip cannot be frozen as it will change in consistency too much.
Try putting one or both of these fruit dips in your child’s lunchbox for a special treat! Just save the leftovers from your gathering and put them in little dip containers or a separate compartment of the lunchbox. By lunchtime, the dips will be softened and ready to eat.
Similar Recipes to Enjoy
3 Ingredient Cheese Ball Recipe – David’s Favorite Cheese Dip. Another party night favorite, perfect with crackers.
Pumpkin Pie Dip Recipe. When you want a sweet dip for the holidays.
Snickers Caramel Apple Dip. A great dip for apples in the Fall. You could also call this turtle dip.
Hot Chili Cheese Dip Recipe. One of our family favorites for the big game.
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Easy Fruit Dip Recipe
- 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- Take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator the night before so it is very soft.
- Whip with a mixer.
- Add condensed milk and lemon juice.
- Whip together.
Spicy Fruit Dip
- 1 (8 oz.) jar strawberry or raspberry preserves
- 2 cups (16 oz. jar) Picante sauce
- 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
- Mix preserves and Picante sauce.
- Pour over the softened brick of cream cheese.
- Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.