Skip the bland and boring store-bought options and make this rich, decadent and perfectly sweet Chocolate Cream Cheese Fruit Dip instead.
I hosted some family at our house several weeks ago and, as I’m sure is typical with most foodies, I spent an inordinate amount of time determining the menu. It was an early afternoon event, so I put together a small menu of appetizers and finger foods. It took some finagling to get what I considered to be the perfect balance of sweet and savory, light and heavy, but every dish was a hit, including this Chocolate Cream Cheese Fruit Dip.
Fruit dips, in my opinion, tend to have a bad reputation. A lot of people think of the sickeningly sweet store-bought version. You know the kind I’m talking about: the little tub that’s nearly grainy in texture? There’s nothing wrong with choosing that option in a pinch, but it can’t begin to compare to my Chocolate Cream Cheese Fruit Dip. This stuff is rich — duh, it’s got cream cheese and heavy cream in it — but the unsweetened cocoa powder provides a hint of bitterness that is offset by the sweet fruit. This recipe is perfect for making in advance to lighten your day-of load.
Chocolate Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbs vanilla extract
Use a mixer to beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and beat until the peaks become stiffer. Cut the cream cheese into chunks, add to cream and sugar mixture, and beat just until well-incorporated. Mix in unsweetened cocoa powder and beat to combine. Add vanilla extract and mix 30 seconds more.
Serve with sliced fruit.
- This dip will keep in the fridge for up to five days.
Other Posts to Check Out
- 20+ Irresistible Dip Recipes
- Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Brownies
- Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Dessert Quesadillas
Jessica Robinson says
This dip would be delicious with fresh fruit and graham cracker sticks!! YUM! Looks so yummy.
I didn’t even think about graham cracker sticks, but YUM!
The last time I had a party, I spent weeks planning out the entire menu on a spreadsheet. I totally get it. Also, I could eat a whole bowl of this- YUM!
I’m glad I’m not the only one! It’s just that food is kind of a big deal. 🙂
Wendy | Around My Family Table says
My friend makes something very similar and it’s sooo good. I can’t wait to try your version.
Thank you, Wendy! I hope you enjoy it.
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says
That dip would certainly be popular in our household! Our grandsons would dive into that luscious chocolate. That is a nice change and addition to the appetizer table.
Thank you, Marisa! I wanted to dive right in, too!
We make something similar here but with vanilla as main flavor. I can see myself preparing your chocolate dip for Christmas. I am sure most guests would enjoy it with fresh fruits. 🙂
I found it to be perfect with every fruit I served it with. Thanks, Helene!
Oh, yum! This sounds delicious. Such a great recipe for holiday parties right now!
Thank you, Christine!
I happen to know a little 2 year old boy who would go NUTS for this! Chocolate + cream cheese are my son’s favorite!
I think your two-year-old and I would be good friends!
Jessica (Swanky Recipes) says
I’m looking for a last minute dip recipe for our Christmas party tomorrow and I have everything I need to make this! I’m so excited to share this with our family, yum!
Thanks, Jessica! I hope it was a hit!
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine says
I love using cream cheese as an alternative to sugar based frostings — adds some protein and limits the sugar rush, and is super creamy and delicious!
I’m a huge fan of cream cheese to mellow out sweet dishes, too. Have a great weekend, Michelle!
Amy Nash says
Oh I love a good fruit dip! I make a marshmallow citrus one and a toffee one but I’ve never tried chocolate! This sounds delicious!
Citrus is one of my favorite flavor combos. That sounds so good!