Dreamsicle Fruit Dip

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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:

additional Sunkist citrus recipes
Sunkist Valencia Oranges Re-greening Video

Dreamsicle Fruit Dip

Yield: about 1 ½ cups


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.

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29 Responses to “Dreamsicle Fruit Dip”

  1. Katrina — July 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    This sounds so yummy! Great recipe. Yum!


  2. Jennifer — July 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    This sounds delicious. I never usually dip my fruit but I might give this a try.


  3. Tracy — July 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Love this dip! So simple and so perfect for the hot summer weather. Can’t wait to try it!


  4. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — July 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Yum! I think I’d eat this by itself…by myself!


  5. Mellie — July 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    yum! sounds really good!


  6. Yeah, I don’t understand not liking fruit, it’s nature’s candy. My friend’s husband won’t eat fruit and she won’t eat vegetables so I guess they balance each other out, lol.


  7. Maris(In Good Taste) — July 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I love this fruit dip! Your grandma definitely has the right idea. This could become a household staple


  8. Ann — July 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I love your update on an old classic…Oranges and their zest is such a refreshing, light flavor!


  9. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. — July 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

    nerd alert! That little fact about the re-greening is fascinating (glad you thought so too!).


  10. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — July 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Yum!! This is an absolutely perfect dessert dip. I cannot wait to try it!


  11. Janet — July 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve always made this with cream cheese, marshmallow cream and lemon juice. Your take on it sounds like a ‘must try’ too. Thanks!


  12. Savorique — July 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Very interesting fact about oranges turning back to green color naturally. As a vegetarian, I eat a 100% fruit breakfast, eating from the most liquid to the most solid for optimal digestion.


  13. Sharon — July 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    This is crazy! today I was doing our weekly shopping at the market, and I was cheking out the marshmellow fluff wondering what I can do with it…
    I love your idea, and will totally try it.
    And I must confess, I too have to have my bananas green… the ripe ones become banana bread / cupcakes.


  14. Fruit dip is so addictive and this dreamsicle version looks amazing!


  15. Maureen — July 16, 2011 at 2:26 am

    No Fluff in Australia. Maybe I can learn how to make it myself so I can make Nana’s fruit dip. Looks wonderful on the plate!


  16. Kiersten — July 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Oh my gosh…..cannot wait to make this!


  17. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — July 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Love this dip! I remember my mom making a very similar dip when I was a kid, and it was always one of my favorites. I love that you added the orange zest and juice to it. That opens up a whole new world of possibilities!


  18. Melissa L — August 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I LOVE fruit! I have a hard time getting my ch”ri to eat it though…and I am lactose intolerant… I would love some ideas for a dairy free version!


  19. Kathy — April 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I just made this dip, it is awesome. Taking to share with friends tonight with fresh right out of the garden strawberries. Thanks so much for sharing!


    • Jamie — April 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed this! Thanks for reporting back. Have a great day.

    • Lisa Messick — April 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      When I made this it was delicious but very thick, I thought it was supposed to be more of a yogurt texture? did I do something wrong?

    • Jamie — April 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      If you find it to be too thick, just add in a bit more orange juice until you reach the desired consistency. The thickness will depend on how cold/warm the cream cheese is. Have a great day!

  20. Lisa — April 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

    When I made this, it turned out really thick, it tasted amazing, but i thought it was supposed to be more of a yogurt consistency, did I do something wrong?


    • Jamie — May 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      We like ours a little on the thicker side. You can always thin it out by adding in a bit more orange juice. Have a great day.

  21. Sue — May 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    When I made this my cream cheese became like cottage cheese? What did I do wrong? I waited till it was soft?! Sounds delicious just wished it had turned out! Thanks


    • Jamie — May 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

      Hello. I’ve been making this dip for years and have never had this issue. My first thought was that the cream cheese wasn’t at room temperature, but since you said it was, I am kind of clueless. Sorry I am not more of a help.

    • Joan Banks — June 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

      this is to answer Sue’s question about curdled dip. My thinking is that the cheaase may have been a tad too warm and not blended enough with the marshmallow before adding the zest and the juice.

  22. Cyndi Westrich — May 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I put the Marshmelow creme or Fluff in the microwave in defrost for 1 minute. This makes it easier to whip the creme chesse and marshmellow together and comes out much more creamier.


    • Jamie — May 22, 2017 at 6:29 am

      Thanks for the tip, Cyndi!

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