Easy 5 ingredient Christmas dip made with real candy canes. This peppermint candy cane dip will be a festive addition to your holiday party spread.
*Photos and post updated 11/27/2017. Originally posted 12/24/2013
Merry Christmas Eve! I really wanted to post this recipe earlier this month, but the chaos of holiday gatherings, shopping, and Christmas prepping took over and time got away from me. So if you need a really last minute and fun Christmas dip, then try out this peppermint candy cane dip. This will also be a great way to use up all those left over candy canes after Christmas is over. Or you can save it to your list to make next year 🙂
This makes a great Christmas dessert dip and has a wonderful peppermint flavor that goes really well with chocolate dippers. My favorite thing to dip into this are those long, round chocolate wafers, but you could use brownie bites, Oreo cookies, or really anything chocolate.
This is simple recipe and can be made a day ahead and stored in the fridge. If you do make ahead, then give it a good stir before serving as the crushed candy canes can separate a bit and sort of crystallize. Stirring will allow the dip to regain it’s texture.
Crushing the peppermint is really the hardest part, but it can also be quite fun 🙂 I place the candy canes in a Ziplock freezer bag, cover with a towel (some candy cane dust will come through the bag), and beat into tiny pieces using a meat tenderizer. You can also hit with a rolling pin or regular old hammer.
Serve the peppermint candy cane dip in a holiday bowl or serving dish, add some crushed peppermint to the top, and you have a fun and festive dessert dip that is so simple to make. I have one like this Candy Cane Bowl and Spreader Set. For dipping, I like these chocolate wafers, but graham crackers or cookies are great too. You could even serve this as a fruit dip with some strawberries.
5 ingredient Christmas dessert made with real candy canes. Serve this cream cheese peppermint candy cane dip at your next party or holiday gathering.
- 1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup crushed candy canes (about 12 candy canes)
- 8 oz cool whip
Using a mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese until fluffy.
Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until combined and creamy.
Fold in crushed candy canes and cool whip until incorporated.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.