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Dreamsicle Fruit Dip

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sunkist for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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!

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For additional information, check out these links:

additional Sunkist citrus recipes
Sunkist Valencia Oranges Re-greening Video

Dreamsicle Fruit Dip

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Notes:

- 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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Cyndi Westrich

Friday 19th of May 2017

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

Monday 22nd of May 2017

Thanks for the tip, Cyndi!

Sue

Friday 17th of May 2013

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

Saturday 18th of May 2013

Sue- 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. -Jamie

Lisa

Tuesday 24th of April 2012

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

Tuesday 1st of May 2012

Lisa- 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. -Jamie

Kathy

Wednesday 18th of April 2012

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

Wednesday 18th of April 2012

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

Melissa L

Sunday 21st of August 2011

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!

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