How to Make Marshmallow Fruit Dip

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Dips aren't just for chips and vegetable sticks. With a handful of ingredients -- marshmallow creme, cream cheese and seasonings -- and little effort, you can make a fluffy, sweet dip that pairs well with all types of fresh fruit. Serve it as an appetizer, an after-school snack or as a simple party dessert. The dip keeps well in the refrigerator for a day; make it ahead and store it in an airtight container to avoid last-minute scrambling at serving time. Stir it thoroughly before eating.

Basic Marshmallow Fruit Dip

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Unwrap room-temperature cream cheese and place it in a large mixing bowl.

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Add marshmallow creme to the bowl. Use 7 ounces of creme for every 8 ounces of cream cheese.

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Use a large mixing spoon to thoroughly combine the cream cheese and marshmallow creme.

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Wash the citrus fruit. Pat dry with a paper towel or a dish cloth.

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Use a zester, microplane or the small holes of a box grater to zest the fruit. Stir zest into the cream cheese and marshmallow creme mixture, adding enough to suit your taste preference.

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Cut the citrus fruit and juice it. Add a small amount to the dip mixture. Stir well, taste and add more, as needed.

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Add seasonings, such as ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla or lemon extract or minced fresh herbs like mint, if desired. Stir to combine all the ingredients before serving.

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