I have always been quite perplexed by people that don’t love fruit – I mean vegetables I can understand, but fruit is amazing – well, aside from Red Delicious apples which I haven’t eaten since around 1995. I really can’t even pinpoint why I don’t enjoy them anymore, I just know that I don’t. Oh, I’m also not a fan of ripe bananas, but that about sums up my fruit issues.
When I was a kid I remember my Nana making a fruit dip with 3 simple ingredients marshmallow fluff, cream cheese and Maraschino Cherry juice. It was pink, sweet and amazingly tasty. I used to try to eat it with a spoon, but she always insisted that I used a piece of fruit – maybe she thought the fruit would somehow negate the fluff.
We had the usual crew over at our house this weekend and I refused to cook indoors because it was over 90 degrees outside. All I wanted for dinner was corn on the cob and fruit. The boys weren’t having it, so they decided to make Beer Can Chicken – which was all kinds of awesome, by the way.
After filling my cart with a bunch of fruit, I decided to go a little retro and recreate Nana’s fruit dip with a little Dreamsicle twist by infusing it with the zest and juice of Sunkist Valencia Oranges.
Did you know that Sunkist® Valencia oranges may occasionally “re-green” in warm weather? When Valencias ripen on the tree, they turn a bright orange color but warm temperatures may make their skin reabsorb chlorophyll as they hang on the tree causing the orange color to look partly green (just like I like my bananas) although the outside is green, the inside remains ripe and delicious!
I’m super glad Sunkist is getting the word out there about this “re-greening” effect, because now I don’t have to gripe at Brian about the green oranges that occasionally end up in the fruit bowl. I’ve got a scientific reason why he HAS to eat them!
For additional information, check out these links:
Dreamsicle Fruit Dip
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow crème
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons, fresh orange juice
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to blend all ingredients until well combined. Refrigerate Dreamsicle Fruit Dip for at least 3 hours before serving. Serve with a variety of fresh fruit.
- This dip can be made up to two days in advance, simply store in covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Follow Jamie on Instagram. We love to see what you're baking from MBA! Be sure to tag @jamiemba and use the hashtag #mbarecipes!