If you’ve been to a picnic, party, or casual gathering of family or friends, you’ve probably enjoyed a few different dessert dips. Quick and easy to make, dessert dips are a versatile option that’s perfect for potlucks. They’re also ideal when you need a dessert or finger food option that most everyone can enjoy, as dessert dips can often be paired with a variety of foods for dipping, such as graham crackers, fruits, pretzels, and more.
If you’re looking for an easy, irresistible dessert dip for parties, consider a done-for-you dipping kit from Edible Arrangements®. Our Chocolate Strawberry Dipping Kit includes a dozen fresh, juicy strawberries, toppings like mini sequin sprinkles and vanilla crispies, and Edible’s® Dipping Chocolate, which is designed to pair perfectly with the succulent strawberry flavor. Or, for a greater variety of fruits to dip in real, gourmet semisweet chocolate, our Family Fruit Dipping Kit includes both strawberries and bananas for an irresistible combination of fruit and chocolate flavors.
Making your own tasty dessert dip? Make your party prep simple with a party platter filled with fresh fruit favorites perfect for dipping, such as slices of fresh pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, and honeydew. Simply add your favorite dessert dip, and let your guests enjoy!
For more delicious dessert dip ideas for parties you might want to try, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite dessert dips for parties.
Taleen is a Los Angeles-based recipe developer, writer, food photographer, and cookbook author. Her blog, Just As Tasty, features gluten-free baking and proves that life with allergies can be Just As Tasty! Her first cookbook, Just As Tasty: Gluten-Free & Eggless Baking Through the Seasons, was published in 2021.
“My favorite dessert dip for parties is Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip. This dip is always a hit for parties especially. It’s a two-ingredient dip and, while apple slices are the most common choice, it’s great with graham crackers, pretzels, and other fruit!”
Ashley Schuering is the blogger behind Confessions of a Grocery Addict.
“My favorite dessert dip for parties is The Lazy Girl’s Cheesecake Dip. This recipe is:
- naturally gluten-free,
- made with just 6 ingredients in about 5 minutes,
- perfect for serving with everything from sliced fruit and berries to pretzels and graham crackers, and
- packed with all the flavor of cheesecake. YUM!”
Ben Hyman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Revival Rugs, a company that believes buying a high-quality rug should be smooth, transparent, and affordable.
“Chocolate hummus is one of my favorite dessert dips to bring to parties. While savory hummus flavors are well-known, the Middle Eastern dish can also be turned into an unexpected dessert. You’ll need chickpeas (just like classic hummus), tahini or peanut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and kosher salt. You simply puree all the ingredients together with a little bit of water until the taste is to your liking. It’s best served with pretzels and strawberries.”
Natalia Thompson is the CEO and Recipe Creator at Flavorful Home.
“My favorite dessert dip for parties is Strawberry Cheesecake Dip. It’s made with strawberries, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and whipped cream. This is the best because it goes with almost anything, and the kids will surely love it too.
Just mix ½ cup sugar, ⅔ cup cream cheese, and ¼ cup whipped cream well. Add 1 cup of strawberries and then lightly mix. The best part here is that if you don’t have access to fresh strawberries, you can always use ½ cup of strawberry jam. If you do, make sure that you reduce the sugar by half so you don’t get an overly sweet dip.”
Claire Wells is a Baker, Author, and Blogger at Baked by Claire.
“My favorite dessert dip for parties is a simple cheesecake-style dip. Made using softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, a touch of sour cream, and vanilla, it’s the ideal sweet base that’s always a hit.
Not only is it sweet, smooth, and easy to dip, but it’s also super easy to modify. Add a layer of salted caramel, a swirl of chocolate ganache, or mini chocolate chips. You really can’t go wrong!
- 16 ounces soft cream cheese
- 1.5-2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- Beat until smooth, adding the powdered sugar slowly until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Once it’s ready, transfer it into a bowl and chill until the party.
I like to add a swirl of Nutella or some kind of fruity jam. Serve with crackers, cookies, and fresh fruit.”
Nathan Hughes is the Digital Marketing and SEO manager at DiggityMarketing.com.
“I had the chocolate churros dip a few months ago at a birthday party of a friend and since then, the dip has been a personal favorite. It’s a fusion between churros and Nutella. One can only imagine how perfect the dip tastes, and yet when you finally do, it will exceed your expectations.”
Peter King is the co-founder of Authority Builders.
“If you haven’t tried Hot Fudge Sundae Dip, I can’t even describe what you are missing out on. It tastes like chocolates, bananas, and cream—all of my favorites in one! It’s an easy-to-make dip that’s perfect to serve on summer days, and it has a lovely fluffy texture. Adding a waffle cone on top of it upgrades its taste even more.”
Chris is the Founder/Chef and chief recipe developer of Sleepers Gourmet, a Los Angeles-based specialty food company crafting the freshest and finest original recipe seasonings, jams, salts, teas, and pickles you will ever encounter!
“One of my favorite ways to create a tasty dip to serve with fruit or even brownie bites is to make fresh whipped cream, then fold in cream cheese. And for a touch of sweetness, I add a swirl of jammy goodness. Find the full recipe here.
Depending on the season, I may dollop my raspberry jam into cream to serve with fresh strawberries, or if it’s an array of fruit I may swirl in my international award-winning lemon marmalade. For an alternative tang, I use plain Greek yogurt as the base then build flavors from there.”
Veronica is a Registered Dietitian and blogger at The Heart Dietitian. She helps heart disease survivors strengthen their hearts by lowering their blood pressure, cholesterol & inflammation.
“My favorite dessert dip for parties is a peanut butter dip. This dip is something I started making for my son when he was little. I mix natural peanut butter with yogurt and add a touch of maple syrup (I’m Canadian!) or honey. This dip is healthy but also creamy and flavorful!”
Vicky is a chef and recipe blogger at Mealfan, providing meal delivery systems in the U.S. She has been featured in AllRecipes, MetadorNetwork, Real Simple, My Fitness Pal, and other top-tier publications.
“My favorite dessert dip for parties is a smooth butterscotch dip. You can never go wrong with this classic because it goes absolutely well with everything. You can simply cut some apples and serve with butterscotch dip. To further elevate your simple midnight snack, add some smoked almonds with a pinch of sea salt.
But if you want to go fancy-schmancy, then try out the classic butterscotch pudding served with french vanilla ice cream. Just the thought of this taste makes one drool. So, you can use this dessert dip as a garnish or a major component of the dish. It’s buttery with a sudden burst of slight saltiness—a sweet tooth’s dream come true!”
Shane Paarman is the founder and CEO of AwesomeStuff365.com, a web magazine that features unique gift ideas, paradigm-altering inventions, amazing designs, cool facts, and exciting, innovative technology.
“My personal favorite dessert dip, especially for parties, is chocolate chip cookie dough. It can be a bit heavy for some, but I absolutely love it, especially for dipping different types of biscuits—and sometimes even pretzels—which gives you that amazing salty and sweet combo!”
Ty Gibson is a Texas-based attorney and founder of Gibson Hill PC. He attended South Texas College of Law and specialized specifically in personal injury law. Having set up his firm in 2013, he has represented many people and businesses.
“My favorite dessert dip for parties is lemon cream fruit dip. The lemon-flavored cream is fluffy and light, which helps the food go down, and dipping fruit into it is the perfect combination of sweet and healthy—definitely a go-to for parties! You can also have a wide variety of sliced-up fruits so that there is something for everyone.”
Abbey is the creator and foodie behind My Casual Pantry.
“This Chocolate Chip Mascarpone Dip is the sweetest thing to grace your snack table. The velvety mixture is a sweetened blend of mascarpone and cream cheeses. The dip is scrumptious, and the dippers provide something for everyone—from fruit and cookies to chocolate and graham crackers.”
Christina Russo is the Creative Director of The Kitchen Community, one of the world’s most respected digital culinary hubs that attracts an audience of over 3 million visitors a month and is solely dedicated to food, health, cooking, and wellness.
“One of my all-time favorite dessert dips is persimmon jam dip. This sweet, sticky, and unique jam is everything you need for a delicious party treat, especially during the fall. It doesn’t consist of many ingredients, and it pairs well with everything from biscuits to sponge fingers and desserts containing granola.”
Brian is the ultimate foodie, expert chef, and barbecue master at The Golden.
“When I think of dessert dips, I immediately think of chocolate. That’s why my favorite one to make for parties is chocolate hummus. It’s quick and easy, and because it’s made with all-natural ingredients, it’s healthier than most of your other dips.
This guilt-free dip is something everyone will love because it looks and tastes just like brownie batter. If you want to impress your guests, try this recipe out:
- 1 15 ounces canned garbanzo beans, drained
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Simply combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse on high until the dip is smooth and creamy. Serve in a bowl.
It’s great with pretzels, fresh fruit, or crackers.”
Mike Baldicana is the Content Marketing Specialist at Kostex Garage Repair, a thriving business that helps with all of the garage door needs while keeping it at an undeniably affordable rate.
“Dessert dips are a great way to bring a little bit of sweetness to the party, and there are many different dessert dips you can make. They’re easy to make and can be served in small dishes or cups. My favorite dessert dips are cream cheese, strawberry, and apple pie:
- Cream cheese dip is rich and creamy dip goes great with graham crackers or pretzels. It’s also a great option for those who don’t like the taste of chocolate in their desserts.
- Strawberry dip has a light flavor that goes well with almost any type of cake or dessert. It can also be served in various ways—melted, as a sauce, or as ice cream. Strawberry dip is a dessert prepared with strawberries and sugar boiled into a jam-like consistency with the addition of butter and often vanilla or lemon extract.
- Apple pie dip is easy to make, and it’s great on apple slices, graham crackers, or even a spoon.”
Aysegul Sanford is a content creator and food lifestyle photographer who focuses on healthier eating through balance, without sacrificing foods you love. She is the owner of the blog Foolproof Living. Her recipes are creative yet simple to ensure people can enjoy them day-to-day while maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle.
“My favorite dessert dips for parties are:
I absolutely love a classic cheesecake dessert dip. It’s so simple yet feels so indulgent! All you need is cream cheese, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Add a squeeze of citrus for some freshness and whip it together to fluff it up. So simple and perfect for dipping fruit in.
When I’m stuck on which dip will work well, I’ll always return to a maple-sweetened heavy cream, which only uses 3 ingredients but tastes incredible! Its neutral flavor makes it easy to pair with almost any dessert, and it’s super quick to make large quantities for guests. Ideal!”
Jill Taylor is a homesteader who enjoys learning about sustainable living and practicing self-reliance. She loves being outdoors and spending time with her family and animals. She strives to be as self-sufficient as possible and enjoys sharing what she learns with others.
“My favorite dessert dip for parties is caramel. Sorry, chocolate lovers! I know it’s a close second, but caramel takes the cake… or in this case, the cookie! I just love that smooth, rich flavor. And it’s so versatile! You can dip pretzels, apples, graham crackers, you name it! Plus, it’s easy to make ahead of time so you can enjoy the party instead of being stuck in the kitchen. So if you’re looking for a delicious dessert dip that will please a crowd, give caramel a try. I think you’ll be hooked!”
Angela Milnes is a Multi Award-Winning Family Lifestyle and Food Blogger. She is the founder of both The Inspiration Edit and The Instant Pot Table.
“My favorite dessert dip for parties is chocolate fondue! I love the rich, indulgent flavor of melted chocolate, and it’s so easy to make. Plus, it’s just a great way to get people mixing and mingling with each other as they dip their favorite foods into the delicious fondue. Whether you like strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows, or cake cubes, there’s a way to dip it in chocolate fondue and have a great time doing it!”
Anna Silver is the founder, CEO, and creative director of CookForFolks.com, a website dedicated to new go-to original recipes. Inspired by her grandmother’s love of cooking, Anna has a passion for treating the people in her life to delicious homemade food and loves to share her family recipes with the rest of the world.
“One of my favorite healthy, yet luxurious, dessert dips is creamy Greek yogurt fruit dip. This tends to go down a treat at parties, especially complemented by a wide selection of fruits such as sliced strawberries, mangoes, or fruit cocktails. The great thing about a Greek yogurt dip is you can create different dessert dips by offering flavored Greek yogurt or adding ingredients such as honey and cinnamon to plain Greek yogurt.”
Aaron Rice is an expert dog trainer and co-owner of Stayyy—a community for dog lovers and people who are looking to train their dogs.
“I like to use chocolate and cream cheese in my favorite dessert dip for parties. I like to add a bit of cinnamon as well because it gives the dip a nice taste and smell. Combining these two ingredients makes the perfect dipping sauce for some delicious cake bites.”
A wellness visionary with over two decades of experience, Lisa Odenweller is the CEO + Founder of Kroma Wellness, a functional nutrition and next-generation superfood company on a mission to help people realize the power of food as medicine.
“A dollop of dessert dip on top of a piece of fresh fruit is a healthy crowd-pleaser. When I throw a party I like to make a few dessert dips, but my longtime favorite is banana pudding dip. The combination of cream cheese, banana slices, and sugar is wonderfully decadent.
People usually serve banana pudding dip with wafers, but I love combining the tartness of pineapples or strawberries with the sweetness of the banana. My guests love it too.”
Nick Mueller is the Director of Operations of HawaiianIslands.com.
“My favorite food of all time is s’mores, so I try to incorporate s’mores into any dessert when possible. A s’mores dip is the best because you can dip things other than graham crackers into the mix—items like Oreos, crackers, fruit, and pretzels. You name it, you can dip it! All you need to whip together is cream cheese, marshmallow crème, fudge/chocolate of any kind, and marshmallows and chocolate chips to garnish! Not only is it a delicious dish, but it looks excellent on a party tray.”
James Green is the Owner of Cardboard Cutouts.
“My favorite dessert dip for parties is Marshmallow Fruit Dip:
- 1 (8 oz) cream cheese package, softened
- 1 carton (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme
- 2 Tbsp orange juice (can use more to taste)
Combine all ingredients with a mixer until well blended. You can add more orange juice, depending on your taste. Serve with an assortment of sliced fruit.”
Sheila Eugenio is the CEO of MediaMentions.net.
“One of the most popular dessert dips is the strawberry rhubarb dip. It’s sweet and fruity, making it perfect for a summertime party!
Another great option is the classic chocolate or peanut butter and jelly dip. Some people like to combine their favorite flavors into one dip, such as a banana cream pie dip or a pineapple coconut cream cheese dip.”
Andrew Griffith is the founder of Garden furniture, a firm that focuses on producing the best quality timber furniture.
“Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Dip is a must for me to prepare each time I hold parties. The nuts give it a crunchy texture, but it’s also buttery to the right degree. And of course, it’s sweet because of the caramel. The taste gets amplified a thousand times if roasted nuts are used and just a little salt is sprinkled on top.”
Dessert dips are the perfect choice for parties, particularly when you need to feed a crowd with varied tastes and preferences. Order a fresh fruit platter from Edible Arrangements® to pair with your favorite dessert dips, or opt for a done-for-you dessert dipping experience with our Chocolate Strawberry Dipping Kit or Family Fruit Dipping Kit. These crowd-pleasing options are sure to wow!