Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

Chocolate Cheesecake Dip is a tart and creamy chocolate dip. Blend just four ingredients together and serve with your favorite dippers to make the ultimate chocolate fruit dip. If you want an easy no bake dessert for a gathering, this is it! Makes 6-8 servings, but can easily be doubled.

A platter holding chocolate fruit dip surrounded by crackers, fruit and cookies

This dessert dip was originally published on March 4, 2016. The photos and text were updated and republished in April 2021.

When I think about hosting my people in my home again, I think about serving all kinds of scrumptious (and fancy looking) recipes that are actually a breeze to make.

This Chocolate Fruit Dip is one of the recipes I want to share.

The girls love it. We love it. Everyone who’s ever had the chance to try this has loved it, too, and it’s such a simple, yet flavorful dish to serve.

Why I love this recipe:

I’m not going to lie to y’all: I absolutely love a cheesecake, but I do not absolutely love how long a classic cheesecake takes to make and chill before you can enjoy it.

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    Hence, a cheesecake DIP which takes about 5 minutes total and that can be enjoyed right away!

    I added chocolate to this dessert because I love a good ‘ol chocolate cheesecake, but I’ve got variation ideas for you below in case chocolate isn’t your favorite.

    The chocolate paired with the tangy cream cheese just works. This chocolate dip is just sweet enough, too, and pairs with so many different dippers, making it the great centerpiece for a dessert board or tray.

    Other easy desserts that are great for entertaining: Raspberry Yogurt Fruit Dip | Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | Valentine’s Day Dessert Board | Cannoli Dip | Dessert Nachos | Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars | Classic Cheesecake Dip

    Looking for sweet tooth inspiration? Head on over to my Dessert Recipe Index for some ideas.

    Cream cheese, chocolate, powdered sugar and vanilla in bowls

    What you need to make this chocolate dip:

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    Let’s talk ingredients!

    In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

    Here’s what you need for this dessert dip:

    • Cream cheese — I always recommend using the full fat variety of this for the most flavor
    • Chocolate chips — whatever kind is your favorite! I used dark chocolate chips because I enjoy how they’re less sweet, though I know that’s not everyone’s jam.
    • Powdered sugar — also known as confectioner’s sugar. This provides sweetness, along with the melted chocolate.
    • Vanilla extract

    And of course, you’ll need a few dippers, as well. You can have as many or as few as you want, so feel free to have fun with it, especially if you’re hosting friends and sharing this with them.

    Here are some of our favorite dippers for this chocolate dip:

    • Strawberries
    • Raspberries
    • Apple slices
    • Bananas
    • Graham crackers (the regular honey kind, the cinnamon-sugar kind or even the chocolate ones!)
    • Nilla Wafers
    • Oreos
    • Cinnamon sugar pita chips
    • Pretzel Crisps or even soft, homemade pretzels
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    How to make Cheesecake Dip

    You whip together softened cream cheese and your favorite melted chocolate chips until smooth.

    Next, add in powdered sugar and vanilla extract, mixing until well-combined.

    And that’s it.

    Serve with your favorite dippers—crispy pretzels (or soft pretzels!), Graham crackers, fruit, etc. The sky is the limit to what you can pair with this dip, so have fun with it and choose dippers that you personally enjoy!

    A graham cracker sits inside a bowl of chocolate cheesecake dip

    Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

    A Chocolate Fruit Dip would be a super fun thing to serve when you’re hosting guests, whether they’re over for a play date for your kids, a casual happy hour or even an outdoor gathering in your backyard.

    This dessert dip is truly fabulous for entertaining because it takes so few ingredients and about 5 minutes of your time to mix together.

    If we’re hosting friends or family and want to serve this dip, here are some things I suggest:

    • Double the recipe for a crowd. We’ve hosted friends and served this as an easy entertaining dessert. Three of us have taken down this dip without an issue, and with our kids running around, it was gone in no time flat.
    • Make it in advance. Since this keeps well in the fridge, make it a day or two in advance so all you have to do is remove the chocolate dip from the fridge 30 minutes before you plan on serving it.
    • Offer all kinds of dippers. Depending on who you’re hosting, you might want more or less of some dips. For us, we went about 50/50 fruit and pretzels/cookies/crackers, but do whatever works best for you!
    A nilla wafer dipped in chocolate is held above a platter with dippers

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is cheesecake dip?

    It’s a fun twist on a traditional cheesecake that takes significantly less time. It’s also a no bake dessert! This cheesecake dip has the tangy flavor of a classic cheesecake and is made for dipping.

    What is the best way to melt chocolate for dipping?

    Personally, I like to melt chocolate in the microwave because it’s a lot easier than setting up a double boiler. However, the key to melting chocolate in the microwave is doing it in bursts and stirring between each round of heating until the chocolate is just melted. While photographing this dip, my daughter and I actually scorched some of our chocolate in the microwave because we heated it for too long without stirring, and our entire home smelled of burnt chocolate for the rest of the day.

    What fruits can be dipped in chocolate?

    Whatever fruit you like paired with chocolate! I’m a big fan of strawberries and chocolate (and have a Chocolate Dipped Strawberries recipe), but the world is your oyster. Raspberries are excellent. So are bananas, apples, pineapple, etc.

    How do I soften cream cheese quickly?

    Place your foil-wrapped cream cheese on a plate. Heat water in a liquid measuring cup in the microwave until the water is almost boiling. Dump out the water and wipe any droplets off the glass, then place it over the cream cheese on a plate. This will soften the cream cheese quickly! If it’s not softened in 5-10 minutes, repeat the process of heating up the water.

    A child pulls a raspberry out of chocolate dip

    Quick tips and tricks to the best Chocolate Dip

    • Room temperature ingredients are best. The cream cheese won’t blend as easily if it’s cold from the fridge. Likewise, you want the melted chocolate chips to cool off some so they don’t mess up the cream cheese, too!
    • Store this Chocolate Cheesecake Dip in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator for up to a week! High fives for being able to make this dip well in advance so you don’t have to fret the day of your gathering.
    • Make a fun variation on this no bake dessert. I’ve got some ideas for you below…

    Variations on this Chocolate Cheesecake Dip:

    • Leave out the melted chocolate and make it a classic Cheesecake Dip. You might have to add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to get the consistency right as you’re blending it up!
    • In place of the melted chocolate chips, use Nutella or another chocolate hazelnut spread to make a hazelnut chocolate fruit dip.
    • Switch up the chocolate chips for different flavors! I used my favorite dark chocolate chips* (affiliate link), but you can use semisweet, milk chocolate or even white chocolate, depending on what you like.
    • Serve Cherry Pie Filling* (affiliate link) over the chocolate dip to make a chocolate-cherry dessert situation. You could do the same with strawberry pie filling or even blueberry pie filling, if you like that combination of flavors.

    More recipes inspired by cheesecake flavors:

    Love frozen desserts? You’ve got to try Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles and Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles. This Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream also sounds heavenly.

    Need a no bake dessert? Check out Cherry Cheesecake Dip, Gluten Free Oreo Cheesecake Truffles and No Bake Cheesecake Parfaits with Blueberry Curd.

    Don’t mind turning on the oven? Check out these fall-flavored Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie Bars.

    Here’s my recipe:

    A graham cracker sits inside a bowl of chocolate cheesecake dip

    Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    Chocolate Cheesecake Dip is a tart and creamy chocolate dessert dip. Blend the ingredients together and serve with your favorite fruits, pretzels, Graham crackers and cookies for the ultimate chocolate dip.
    5 from 3 votes
    Servings 8 servings
    Calories 106 kcal
    Prep Time 8 minutes
    Total Time 8 minutes

    Ingredients
      

    • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
    • ¼ cup chocolate chips melted
    • ½ cup powdered sugar
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

    Dippers

    • Graham crackers
    • Nilla Wafers
    • Pretzel Thins
    • Strawberries
    • Raspberries

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    Instructions
     

    • Warm the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe glass bowl in 30-second bursts until melted. Stir between each heating to ensure the chocolate doesn't burn.
    • Measure out the cream cheese and melted chocolate chips into a large bowl.
    • Mix the two ingredients together using a hand mixer, bending until smooth.
    • Sprinkle in the powdered sugar and add the vanilla extract, mixing with the hand mixer until smooth.
    • Serve with your favorite fruits, crispy pretzels, Graham crackers or cookies.

    Notes

    Variations on this Cheesecake Dip

    • In place of the melted chocolate chips, use Nutella or another chocolate hazelnut spread.
    • Switch up the chocolate chips! I used my favorite dark chocolate chips* (affiliate link), but you can use semisweet or even milk chocolate, depending on what you like, flavor-wise.
    • Serve Cherry Pie Filling* (affiliate link over the chocolate dip to make a chocolate-cherry dessert situation.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1servingCalories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 45mgSugar: 10g
    Keyword cheesecake dip, chocolate dip, chocolate fruit dip, dessert, dessert dip, no bake dessert
    Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
    Cuisine American
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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    6 Comments

    1. Lately I am on such a pretzel kick! I love the idea of dipping them in a chocolate hazelnut dip. Need to make this ASAP!

      1. Goodness. Pretzels are so good and so easy to eat! And dipping them in this makes them even better because, well, the combination of flavors is obviously delicious. If you make this, let me know what you think!

    2. I didn’t even know this pretzel mix existed. Yum! And THIS dip! Sounds heavenly. So creative!

      1. Thanks, Michele! I didn’t know this mix existed, either, until the brand approached me! They pair wonderfully with this dip, too. So easy and SO delicious.

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