How to Make Chocolate Dip
This Chocolate Dip Recipe is made with five simple ingredients (no marshmallow fluff or Cool Whip). It’s the best dessert dip for fruit, with the rich flavor of real dark chocolate.
Chocolate Dip for Fruit
When it comes to satisfying my sweet tooth, the combination of dark chocolate + strawberry is pretty darn great every single time.
This Chocolate Dip recipe always hits the spot, and it keeps longer and is easier to eat than traditional chocolate-covered strawberries (sorry, but I can take or leave those, and I mostly mean leave them).
This rich, deep chocolate dessert spread is made with simple ingredients and keeps in the fridge so it’s ready when you are. Use it for just about any kind of fruit or other dunk-able treat you can think of.
Why you’ll love this Chocolate Fruit Dip Recipe
- It’s equally perfect for a party or a sweet afternoon snack.
- It keeps in the fridge for several days, making it an easy make-ahead recipe for a potluck.
- A little bit of chocolate is a fun way to encourage kids to eat fruit (once in awhile).
Chocolate Dip ingredients
- cream cheese – the creamy and tangy base of this spread.
- dark chocolate – you will need 6 ounces of high quality dark chocolate for this chocolate fruit dip. I use Harvest Chocolate Uganda Snacking Chocolate. It is a rich 68% dark chocolate with notes of molasses and fig.
- powdered sugar – sweetens the dip and balances the pleasant bitterness of dark chocolate.
- milk – thins out the dip a bit, making it easier to dunk into. Whole milk or 2% milk works best here, if you have it!
- vanilla extract – enhances the overall flavor profile by adding a subtle vanilla undertone.
What’s the best chocolate to use for Chocolate Fruit Dip?
You may remember from our chocolate peppermint cookies that I’ll be working together with Elizabeth (my childhood neighbor!) and her husband Matt at Harvest Chocolate in Tecumseh, Michigan to bring you chocolate dessert recipes.
These former restaurant chefs create chocolate that is not only delicious, but ethically sourced and environmentally sustainable. They source their beans directly from farmers, ensuring fair wages and sustainable farming practices.
Their products are simply the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted, and I’m so lucky to have them developing amazing chocolate recipes for you!
While I mentioned above that we used their Uganda Snacking Chocolate to develop this recipe, any of their varieties (they also have Haiti, Guatemala and Ecuador) would work great in this dip.
How to Make Chocolate Dip
1. MELT. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler, then set aside. You can also gently melt the chocolate in the microwave, heating it 20 seconds at a time and stirring in between each heating interval until it is just melted.
2. MIX. Add the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix until well combined.
3. MILK. With mixer on low speed, slowly stream in the milk until all milk is incorporated.
4. CHOCOLATE. With mixer on low speed, slowly add the chocolate until all chocolate is incorporated and dip is smooth and creamy.
Home Chef Tips for this Chocolate Dip Recipe
- Make sure your cream cheese is softened to room temperature (or soften it in the microwave for a few seconds), as cold cream cheese will be nearly impossible to mix into a smooth dip.
- Adjust the thickness to your liking by adding more or less milk, if desired.
- You can also adjust the amount of powdered sugar based on your sweetness preference. If you’re a dark chocolate lover, you may want a little less sugar.
How to use Chocolate Dip
My favorite way to serve this chocolate fruit dip is on a big board, with lots of fruit and treats for dipping! It’s a fun communal experience where everyone can enjoy the dessert together.
Things to Dip in Chocolate Fruit Dip
Feel free to get creative and explore with just about any dip-able you can imagine. My favorite thing to do is just wander the grocery store and look for delicious things to dip in chocolate!
Here are you some ideas to get you started. My dessert charcuterie board post has even more details.
How to store Chocolate Dip for Fruit
This chocolate fruit dip recipe can be enjoyed immediately after making it, or it can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
If you do refrigerate it, make sure to remove it from the fridge 30 minutes before serving so that it can soften up and be dip-able.
- 6 ounces dark chocolate
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- Place chocolate in a double boiler and cook until chocolate is melted and smooth, stirring frequently (see Note below for microwave directions). Remove from heat.
- Place cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Start mixer on low until sugar is incorporated, then increase speed to medium-high and beat 1 to 2 minutes or until no lumps remain.
- With mixer on low speed, slowly stream in milk until all milk is incorporated.
- With mixer on low speed, slowly add chocolate until all chocolate is incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high and beat 1 minute or until dip is smooth and creamy with no lumps. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 4 days. Allow to stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.
You can also gently melt the chocolate in the microwave, heating it 20 seconds at a time and stirring in between each heating interval until it is just melted.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is for dip only. This website provides estimated nutrition information as a courtesy only. Nutrition information does not include any optional ingredients or toppings. You should calculate the nutrition information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.