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Indulge in Ease with Simple Pudding Fruit Dip

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This is a simple and quick recipe that my wife and I have been using for years. For little get-togethers or when we’ve just been in the mood for a delightful snack. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. I’m about to share a secret weapon that never fails to impress: a simple pudding fruit dip.

I can’t remember exactly where we got the idea for this recipe. But it likely found its way into our home because I’m not the biggest fan of tart flavors. And sometimes fresh fruit (especially not fully ripe) can be too tart for my palate.

Yes, I have a bad sweet tooth (see my chocolate caramel pizza, creme brulee, and vanilla rice krispie treats…).

Whipped creamy fruit dip served alongside apples, berries, and grapes

This is one of those quick fruit dips that you can whip up in no time. It’s incredibly easy to make, and yet, it’s so delicious that your guests (or your taste buds) will think you’ve spent hours in the kitchen. This simple fruit dip is the perfect blend of creaminess and sweetness, without being a sugary fruit dip overload.

Trust me, it’s just as good as it sounds.

So, get ready to indulge in ease with our delectable dip.

The Basics of Making Pudding Fruit Dip

The best quick fruit dips depend on finding something that pairs well with your fruity flavors. And complements rather than overpowers the natural fruit. Let’s start our fruit dip journey by selecting the perfect base – it’s the foundation, after all. Next, we’ll explore the world of creamy additions to give our dip that luxurious texture we’re after.

And you’ll see how a little tweak here and there can transform your pudding fruit dip into a bowl of pure delight. So, ready to learn the basics? Let’s get started!

The two ingredients - whipped cream and pudding mix - in a bowl for this simple fruit dip recipe

Choosing the Right Pudding Base

This truly is a simple fruit dip – there are really only two ingredients. But that does make those two ingredients pretty important. The first is whipped cream. I would obviously recommend using my basic whipped cream recipe. But you can use whatever recipe you’d like. Or even use some store-bought whipped cream. But homemade is better. I’ll only judge you a little bit if you do that.

The second ingredient is an instant pudding mix. With this, it’s all about aligning tastes and textures to complement your fruit. Think about the flavors that would blend well together. Don’t be afraid to experiment and discover your own unique combinations.

I honestly think that almost any pudding mix flavor would work. But the ones that my wife and I have used most often are french vanilla, white chocolate, and creamy coconut. But cheesecake, chocolate, banana cream, and lemon would also be delicious.

And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, there’s always the option of mixing two flavors together. Just remember that whatever base you pick will greatly influence the overall taste of your dip. So, take your time in choosing, experiment a bit, and find that perfect pudding base that’ll make your simple fruit dip the star of any gathering.

Creamy Additions for a Luxurious Texture

Now, I’m a sucker for anything creamy and luscious, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate these suggestions. This simple pudding fruit dip is tasty on its own, but you can try adding some other ingredients for a bit of a different texture.

Adding cream cheese to your dip base is a game-changer. It gives your dip a luxurious velvety texture that’s hard not to love. It’ll make things thicker and creamier. If you’re interested in a lighter touch, Greek or regular yogurt could be a great addition. It’s not only creamy but also adds a pleasant tang that complements the sweetness of the fruit and pudding mix.

Experiment with these creamy additions and see your pudding fruit dip transform into a luxurious treat that everyone will enjoy. Remember, the key is to experiment and find what works for you. After all, it’s your dip – make it your own!

Selecting the Perfect Fruits for Dipping

Honestly, basically any and all fruit would work with this simple fruit dip. Especially since you can choose to pair it with whatever pudding flavor you like.

You may want to try to make a unique pairing of it. A tropical mix with pineapple, mangos, passion fruit, and papaya – with a coconut cream pudding mix. A stonefruit mix with peaches, plums, and apricots. Or a berry mix with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries – try them with a white chocolate or vanilla mix. Honeydew melon, watermelon, and kiwi fruit for a summery vibe. Apples, grapes, pears, and bananas are also great options.

The fruit should really be the star of this, with the dip being a nice little side accompaniment that takes it to the next level.

An apple slice dipped in sugary fruit dip

Seasonal Fruits That Pair Well

With the fruit truly being the star of this simple pudding fruit dip, it’s important to get some high-quality produce. One of the best ways to get good fruit is to buy it when it is in season.

In season fruit tends to be fresher, higher quality, and more ripe.

I can’t exhaustively go through all of the various fruits and best times to buy them in this post. Search the specific fruits you are thinking about to learn about their season and the method for choosing the ripest fruit.

Remember, a good fruit selection is not just about taste, it’s also about the season. Trust me, once you start choosing seasonal fruits for your pudding fruit dip, you’ll never look back. It really takes your fruit dip game to a whole new level.

Tips for Preparing Fruit

Preparing the fruits includes washing them, drying them, and cutting them if necessary.

When cutting your fruits, aim for bite-sized or finger food-sized pieces. This ensures that they can be easily dipped and eaten in one go. For fruits like apples, pears, and bananas that tend to brown, a quick sprinkle of lemon juice can keep them looking fresh longer.

There are also methods of cutting fruit into flowers and decorative shapes. I’m not interested in doing that myself, but maybe it’s your kinda thing.

Customizing this Simple Fruit Dip

A closeup of this simple pudding fruit dip in a serving bowl

Incorporating Unique Flavors

Let’s get adventurous. Have you ever tried adding a bit of spice to your dip? Ground cinnamon or cardamom can add a warm, fragrant touch that pairs beautifully with fruits. Or go for a pumpkin spice fall influence with a bit of allspice, nutmeg, or cloves. If you’re a fan of tropical flavors, why not whisk in some coconut cream for a taste of the tropics. Or, if you’re feeling particularly bold, a dash of chili powder can add a spicy kick that contrasts delightfully with the sweetness of the fruit.

If you’re a fan of citrus, lemon zest or a splash of orange juice can add a delightful tang. For those with a sweet tooth like me, a drizzle of maple syrup can create a warm, unique flavor.

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to flavor your dip. It’s all about what makes your taste buds tingle. So, go ahead and get creative!

Mix-ins for Added Texture and Taste

It’s time to talk about mix-ins that can enhance not just the taste, but also the texture of your dip.

In my experience, mix-ins can truly elevate your dip to gourmet status. A handful of crushed nuts like almonds or walnuts can add a delightful crunch that contrasts beautifully with the smooth texture of the dip. Fresh herbs like mint can lend a refreshing twist. If you’re a fan of chocolate, some shaved dark chocolate or cocoa nibs can make for a truly decadent dip.

Crushed cookies, mini chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or colorful sprinkles could be your go-to mix-ins.

Remember, the goal is to complement the fruit, not overpower it. So, as you experiment with various mix-ins, keep the flavors of your selected fruits in mind.

How to Serve and Present Creamy Fruit Dip

Elegant serving platter featuring this simple pudding fruit dip and a variety of prepared fruits

Elegant Plating Ideas

With your delightful, sugary fruit dip ready, it’s time to get creative with the presentation! An attractive arrangement will make your dip even more tempting.

For a centerpiece-worthy display, arrange a vibrant assortment of fruit around the dip bowl on a large platter. Or for individual servings, fill dessert glasses or hollowed-out fruits like pineapples or coconut shells with the dip.

Get interactive by making fruit skewers. You can pre-make and arrange fruit kabobs on a platter surrounding the dip bowl. Or you can leave skewer sticks out and let your guests assemble their own on the fly.

If serving a crowd with different dietary needs, use separate small bowls for each type of fruit to avoid cross-contamination.

Garnish with mint sprigs or edible flowers for an elegant touch. No matter how you present it, let your creativity shine. The right display can transform this simple dip into a showstopping dessert.

A bowl of fruit salad made by fully mixing the fruit into quick fruit dips

Simple Pudding Fruit Dip for Occasions and Gatherings

This sugary fruit dip is the perfect crowd-pleasing addition to any gathering. Its vibrant colors and creamy texture are sure to spark conversation.

For kids’ parties, set up a DIY dip station and let little ones get creative assembling their own fruity treats. At more formal affairs, elegantly arrange the dip surrounded by fresh fruits or cookies.

It’s remarkably versatile for all occasions – summer BBQs, holiday gatherings, birthdays, picnics and more. Easily prepare large batches so you’ll never run out.

Create a showstopping centerpiece by artfully arranging a colorful fruit platter around the dip bowl. Your guests will be drawn in by the beautiful, enticing display.

For a delicious twist, gently fold the creamy fruit dip into a medley of fresh fruits to create an irresistible fruit salad. The dip coats the fruit pieces, adding rich vanilla flavor and luscious texture. This remixed fruit salad makes a crowd-pleasing dessert or healthy snack for any occasion.

No matter the event, this creamy fruit dip encourages enjoying more fresh fruits in a fun, delicious way. Get ready for guests to request the recipe at every gathering!

Storage and Make-Ahead Tips

Artfully arranged colorful fruit platter with this simple fruit dip in the center

To keep your creamy fruit dip tasting its best, proper storage is key. Transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate promptly after serving. The cool temperature will help maintain its creamy texture.

For optimal freshness, enjoy the dip within 3-4 days. While it may be tempting to keep it longer, the flavors and texture are best when fresh.

You can also prepare the dip 1-2 days in advance. Simply make as instructed, cover tightly, and refrigerate until ready to serve. This allows the flavors to blend beautifully. Just give it a stir before serving as it may thicken slightly in the fridge.

If the dip seems too thick after refrigerating, you can fold in a splash of heavy cream or milk to loosen it up. Whisk it in to give it a bit more life. Proper storage ensures this creamy fruit dip stays fresh and delightfully dippable!

Creating a simple pudding fruit dip requires minimal effort but provides maximum reward. It’s the ideal treat to add a touch of fun and indulgence to any fruit platter. Remember, the fruits you use can make all the difference, so choose ones that complement the creamy dip.

How did yours turn out?

I’d love to hear when you try out this simple fruit dip! Take a pic of your food and share your success with me by adding it to your Instagram stories or feed, and tagging me @doyouroux, or by using #doyouroux.

Plus, leave a rating to let me know how you liked the recipe. It helps me out a lot to know how things worked out… or didn’t.

Simple Pudding Fruit Dip

Recipe by Marc PetersonCourse: Appetizers, DessertDifficulty: Easy


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Learn to make the most delightful simple pudding fruit dip with just a few ingredients. This creamy, luscious dip comes together in minutes and is the perfect pairing for fresh fruit platters or a sweet party treat.


  • 4 cups prepared whipped cream

  • 1 package instant pudding mix

  • Fruit to serve


  • In a medium bowl, fold the instant pudding mix into the whipped cream and gently mix until well combined
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour to ensure that the pudding mix dissolves completely and the mixture sets
  • Serve with apples, grapes, berries, bananas, or your preferred fruit – alternatively, turn it into a fruit salad by mixing the sliced fruit directly into the fruit dip

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