Caramel Pumpkin Whip Dip

I brought this dip to a party last weekend and it vanished.

As in, gone-zo.

In about 15 minutes.

People were raving about it and it was one of those things that I just threw together.

I had a little bit of leftover pumpkin puree from a batch of Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars (Vegan, GF)…

…And since I always have Cool Whip on hand in the freezer, I figured what the heck.

And this dip was whipped up in 15 seconds flat.

A little Cool Whip (you could also use real homemade whipped cream, TruWhip, homemade coconut cream, ReddiWhip, or even yogurt or cream cheese) and a pinch of seasonings and a few stirs later and this Whippy Dippy was the hit of the party.

The dip upstaged my new dress.  I hate it when that happens.

And the whole “recipe” takes about 15 seconds to make.  Just grab a bowl, dump everything in, stir, and be a hit among your friends.

And it’s a very loose recipe at that.  Just get the pumpkin and the white stuff in the bowl and take it from there based on your own taste preferences and what you have on hand.

No need to go out and buy anything, but I’m pretty sure all the pumpkin hoarders have cans and cans of pumpkin puree on hand.

And more than likely you’ve got a freezer full of Cool Whip like I do you have yogurt or cream cheese on hand and that will be just dandy.

You could dip rotting broccoli stalks in this stuff and make them taste amazing.

Or dip crackers, bread, sugar snap peas, a microwave banana oat cake, carrot sticks, apple wedges, or whatever into it.

Or use it as a topping, i.e. like a butter or spread, on things like toast, muffins, on top of a bowl of oatmeal, on pancakes, whatever.

I even froze some and made “Pumpkin Ice Cream”.

Scott begged me to make it again and he’s not even that into pumpkin stuff.  He’s not a blogger, after all.

It will make anything better.  Promise.

It’s like hard street drugs: Dangerous, addictive, and don’t start using because you won’t quit until you’ve run out.

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Caramel Pumpkin Whip Dip (With Vegan, Gluten Free options)

1/2 c pumpkin puree

1/2 c Cool Whip (alternatives include: TruWhip, ReddiWhip, Cream Cheese, Toffuti Cream Cheese, Greek Yogurt, Soy Yogurt, homemade whipped cream, homemade coconut milk whipped cream, etc.  Or, you can add those in addition to the Cool Whip but you may need to increase the amount of pumpkin puree and other sweeteners/spices)

1/4 c brown sugar (to taste; can also omit or use maple syrup, stevia, agave, etc.)

1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/8 tsp cinnamon, optional

1/8 tsp vanilla extract, optional

2 tbsp caramel sauce, optional (if using, you can add it to the mixture or drizzle over the top of the finished dip)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until incorporated.  Keep extra chilled in the refrigerator or the freezer (it turned into wonderful “ice cream”).  Keeps for many days in the refrigerator (use common sense) and I am sure you can make it and freeze it in batches and then defrost as necessary.

Suggestion:  Double, triple, quadruple the recipe as needed.  One 15-ounce can of pumpkin is about 2 cups so if using 1 can of pumpkin puree you’d want to use about 2 cups of Cool Whip and increase the other seasonings in proportion or to taste.

To Keep Vegan: Use homemade whipped cream with coconut milk and/or vegan caramel sauce (Google for recipes, there are lots)

To Keep Gluten Free: Make sure the whipped cream/whipped topping that you’re using and the caramel sauce if using it are GF

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This stuff is beyond good.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Grab a spoon and get busy.

No wait, grab a ladle.  Grab the biggest scooping device you have.

And go to town just scooping in on everything.

Or just eat it straight from the ladle.  You don’t even need to spread it on anything.  The “eating peanut butter by the spoonful at midnight in front of your refrigerator” method works very well with this dip, too.

Questions:

1. Do you like Cool Whip?

I know some people don’t like Cool Whip and they prefer real whipped cream or dairy-free/vegan alternatives such as making their own “whipped cream” with coconut milk, but I do love Cool-Whip.

I also really like Miracle Whip.  I love Vegenaise and like mayo but there is something about the tangy zip of Miracle Whip that I love.   Cool Whip, Miracle Whip, whippin’ good.

2. Do you like Pumpkin?

Yes, I have gotten into pumpkin this year:

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars (vegan, GF)

Pumpkin Spice Latte (vegan, GF)

Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (easy vegan, GF adaptations)

…to name a few.

But I wasn’t always as into it as I am now.  I think the blogosphere is rubbing off on me.

But I am ready for pepperminty, chocolatey, Christmas-season flavors now.

3. What do you like to bring to parties that just vanishes?

The other thing that I bring and that no one ever suspects is even remotely “healthy” is Chocolate Mousse.  It just happens to be vegan, gluten free, raw/no-bake but I don’t bother telling anyone that until the bowl is licked clean.

No one ever guesses the secret ingredient.  I don’t even tell anyone that it’s not full of butter, sugar, eggs or that I didn’t slave away on it until they are begging for more and for the recipe.

When I tell them what they ate, everyone’s jaws usually drop and there’s lots of “No Ways!”

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87 Responses to “Caramel Pumpkin Whip Dip”

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    Ela — October 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    “He’s not into pumpkin–he’s not a blogger, after all”–lol!

    Now I’m bummed, I wanted to see your new dress!

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    Angela — October 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    YUM! It sounds amazing. I’ll need to cry it with vegan whip. Thanks!

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    • Angela replied: — October 20th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Ahem, *try* … I think I had little tears in my eyes just thinking about it (and those BARS too!)

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    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl — October 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Rotting broccoli stalks. Freezer full of Cool Whip. Addictive. I’m in! LOL. You crack me up. I would never of considered pumpkin puree and cool whip. But it does sound oddly tasty.

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    Heidi / foodiecrush — October 20, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I’m a so-so on the cool whip but looks like I better keep the fridge stocked, quick afternoon snack and i bet there’s tons of other ways to create similar. Jam?

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 2:02 am

      Well you can always use a healthier cool whip, i.e. TruWhip or make your own whipped cream vegan style w/ coconut milk. Jam is always great, too.

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    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — October 21, 2011 at 2:00 am

    That sounds tasty! I couldn’t make it though; I don’t have any parties on my calendar, so I’d eat all of it.

    I do like Cool Whip. The ingredients are scary but… so is life! haha Tru whip is a great alternative with MUCH better ingredients and near identical taste and texture. Maybe I’ll get some when I see it. ‘Tis the season for whippy things. :)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 2:04 am

      Girl that’s why I made the recipe as written, because it makes a single serve, or smaller serve :) portion.

      The doubling and tripling of the recipe is where the real fun begins. Ha!

      I have had TruWhip in the past and you’re right..great alternative.

      Thank you…so much…for all your help today. You and Dustin get gold stars behind your name :)

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    Lisa — October 21, 2011 at 3:40 am

    I did almost this exact thing last week! I used greek yogurt and added the pumpkin and spices, and then I used maple syrup instead of caramel….I think caramel would be better!
    I used to go to a friend’s house in second grade (where there wasn’t much supervision)…and we’d sit in front of the nintendo eating cool whip out of the container! My family always picks on me, “have a little pie with that cool whip!” etc…. it’s so artificial but I still super love it!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 3:52 am

      My dad AND scott eat cool whip from the container as if it’s ice cream. There are worse things :)

      Glad to hear you made a similar concoction. Yes, try caramel sauce if you have any on hand!

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — October 21, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Great pictures, Averie! I love quick and easy appetizer ideas. We’re usually invited to friends’ houses last minutes, so this would be perfect to keep in mind for next time.

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    Katie — October 21, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Can you bring this dip to a party if I have one ; )

    I think this would be amazing! I do not like cool whip, but I think I just don’t like it plain, with these special ingredients added to it, I think I would like it!

    Happy Weekend to you and the family! xoxo

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 5:19 am

      I’ll bring this to a party only if we can compare nail polish, shoes, and body spray :) We HAVE to meet one day!! xoxo

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    Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot — October 21, 2011 at 4:21 am

    1) I do really love cool-whip but don’t let myself buy it much anymore :( I would sadly go through a tub in a couple of days ;)

    2) Oh my gosh, YES! In everything pretty much… I need to find more savory recipes for it now…

    3) I normally bring something different to each party… sometimes I try to be all virtuous and bring the “healthy” snack but sometimes I just go all out with a decadent dessert!!

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    Mariel — October 21, 2011 at 4:30 am

    that dip looks amazing!! especially love the mousse at the end though!! love making yummy things from avocados :)

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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — October 21, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I LOVE pumpkin! LOVE IT! The dip sounds delicious! My hummus goes so fast. I have a group of friends that love garlic as much as we do, so I normally take that…oh and my caramel gooey bars. I swear people lose there sh*t when I walk in the door with a pan of gooey bars.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — October 21, 2011 at 5:09 am

    I love cool whip, I used to eat it with a spoon out of the tub and much prefer it to the canned whipped stuff. ALso, I have not always been a pumpkin lover, but I am coming around! I’m gonna make this for game night! I bet everyone will love it!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 5:21 am

      It takes like 4 seconds to whip together and even non-pumpkin lovers will like it. If you make it, LMK!

      I grew up eating Cool Whip out of the tub and married a man who does it too. lol

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli — October 21, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Omg, this looks and sounds AMAZING!! I LOVE cool whip…as in I could (and have) eaten it out of the container with a spoon! ;) And I love pumpkin anything…it’s bordering obsession actually!

    I like to make my baked potato salad for potlucks and family get togethers. It’s loaded with cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions. I’ve healthified it a bit over the years and switched out some of the ingredients and the best part is, no one can tell the difference!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 5:21 am

      I can, did, and do eat it out of the container with a spoon. I grew up with it and married a man who does it too…ha!

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    katie @ KatieDid — October 21, 2011 at 5:26 am

    My mom used to keep cool whip in the freezer and I ate it like ice cream! It’s deliciousss, I just don’t have much use for it on the regular these days so I don’t buy it. Sounds like you had a nice night to relax with friends- awesome!!

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — October 21, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I’m not a big fan of cool whip…except occasionally on pumpkin pie. :-) I do make something similar with plain yogurt and vanilla stevia. Meghan eats it from a spoon!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      you have tons of great dippy recipes…that latest sweet/bean-based dip…I still am soo tempted by that. Havent done beans in sweets…yet :)

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — October 21, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Kind of makes me happy when I take something and the bowl or plate is cleaned out. I usually bring some sort of hummus dip because it’s always easy to throw together. This looks like a winner recipe to take to parties or events.

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal — October 21, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Mmm :) I’ve made pumpkin dip before, but the caramel just takes this dip to a whole new level!

    And giirrl, I bet you rocked that dress ;)

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    Lindsay @ Lindsay's List — October 21, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Visions of me standing over this bowl (elbows out defensively) and scooping spoonfuls of it into my mouth. Actually, better not make this.

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    Erica — October 21, 2011 at 6:07 am

    ah! This so reminds me of the fruit dip I make for all of our parties (cool whip + yogurt) and it is a total hit! I never thought to use pumpkin instead- great idea!

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — October 21, 2011 at 6:18 am

    This dip sounds amazing and perfect for fall! Great work and gorgeous pics as usual!

    1. Not really, but it’s been ages since I’ve had it.
    2. Oh yeah, totally on the blogosphere pumpkin bandwagon this fall!
    3. Raw desserts are usually a huge hit, it got rave reviews on the raw pumpkin pie I took last weekend.

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    tweal — October 21, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Wow this sounds good! I used to hate cool whip, then I loved it – then I gave it up for healthier eating. But a few years back when I tried my first Vietnamese avocado shake, I thought it tasted just like cool whip and so I made them all the time to satisfy the craving. Eventually I got sick of the shakes and kinda forgot about cool whip, but just last week in the grocery store, I saw the big tubs on sale and thought “Mmmm cool whip, I could go for a spoonful of that right now!” So I guess I do love it, even when I try not to.

    I agree about miracle whip – it is so good! I like veganaise too but it’s not the same.

    And pumpkin – yes I love pumpkin too. So yummy and versatile.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      miracle whip and vegenaise…two totally diff things. Love them both, but very different, indeed.

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    Katie — October 21, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I made this a ton last winter. My mom does the cream cheese version, but I prefer the cool whip version. Last winter I got really into cool whip – I don’t mind the chemicals in something I eat so infrequently – and I would mix it with pumpkin and some peanut flour. Now I don’t eat the peanut flour, but I bet this would be great with a little of that peanut butter extract I just bought.

    Now you’ve got me thinking….and adding to my grocery list!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      peanut flour, yeah, me too…we’ve talked about that one.

      this is such a midwest-ish dip, too. Simple but good. Not surprised your mom does it w/ cream cheese. Maybe she can make a hot dish, too. I miss WI and MN cooking sometimes!

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    Anna @ On Anna's Plate — October 21, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Ooooh, I can just imagine all the different things you might serve as dippers with this– I bet graham crackers would be amazing!

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies — October 21, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Wow, this dip looks delicious. Such great photos! I have made something similar before but it was with pumpkin, cream cheese, the spices and powdered sugar. I definitely have wanted to try making it dairy-free. I love the idea of the coconut whip or tofutti cream cheese.

    Whenever I make my dip like this, I serve it in a hallowed out sugar pumpkin, it’s so disgusting cute – it kills me every time.

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    betty — October 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

    the dip is a great idea! for parties I always take different treats but lately everyone just wants my apple cinnamon cookies

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    Christelle — October 21, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Wow…I would have never picked out this combination, but sounds like something I would love and I need to try this out! Thanks for posting :)

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    Char @ www.charskitchen.ca — October 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Oh yum! I have a recipe for raw vegan caramel sauce that would taste delicious in this!! Good idea :D

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      do it! i mean the caramel sauce isn’t 100% necessary and ive made raw vegan caramel sauce with dates, agave, water, etc and blending & it would work in here. Have fun!

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    Amber K — October 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Pumpkin: good, any sort of Cool Whip, whipped cream etc: good. But the two together? WOW! That must be awesome.

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    April @ Grits and Granola Bars — October 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

    That looks really delicious!

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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — October 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

    what a great, easy simple idea!! i havent had cool whip in FORVER!!! I used to freeze it and eat it right with a spoon :) so delicious! :)

    love ya girlfriend!

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    Diane — October 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Cool whip was the only ‘sweet’s I could have when I was pregnant. I had Gestational Diabetes and my carb intake could not exceed 30 grams per meal. Very strict when mom is a major chocoholic and anything sweet like candy was forbidden.

    Extra Creamy Cool whip satisfied my sweet tooth during my preganancy and at 2 carbs per 2 Tbsp I could indulge! My son is a Cool whip freak! I wonder why!?!? And go figure…he’s crazy over pumkin pie too! It just so happens that I have a can of pumpkin in the pantry and a container of Cool Whip in the freezer. Quality time in the kitchen this weekend!

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    LizAshlee — October 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Wow, I was just thinking of making a similar recipe..I was unsure if caramel and pumpkin would play nice? :) Glad to hear it worked out for your recipe! I don’t like cool whip but I do love pumpkin! Happy Friday!

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    Sweet and Savvy — October 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Definitely drooling over here! This sounds awesome!

    And I love Cool Whip. I think I am going to have to go as far as saying that I like it better than regular, “real” whipped cream.

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — October 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    This looks dangerous! :)

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    Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness — October 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Looks delicious! And those photos are amazing. Is that a coaster that you put the bowl of dip on?

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — October 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I made an almost identical dip to bring to our Bible Study group last night! Mine included cream cheese and … um… heavy whipping cream. Gulp. We dipped apples and gingersnaps in it. :) Yum.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      wow your version sounds heavenly. God must have been happy with your Bible Study group :)

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    Cookin' Canuck — October 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Oh my! I know this would be a huge hit at my house. My kids would certainly be fighting over who got to lick the bowl clean.

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — October 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I love doing this with Greek yogurt! Yum! I’ll have to try with Cool WHip (though I’m going to pass on the rotting broccoli). ;)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      I know, for a little lower sugar/healthier option, yogurt definitely works. Glad you’re all over it too!

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — October 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I got sidetracked here on my way to the candy corn cookie dough! LOL. I’ve been wanting to make a pumpkin dip all week! Looks fantastic. Dip some grahams in it and call it dinner (shh!)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — October 21st, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      sidetracking happens. I was all over your site last nite when I saw those blondies…then it was a clickfest from there…ha!

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    Julie — October 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I cannot wait to try this! I search for a recipe to try each week and it always ends up being yours! This is so easy and I definitely have both on hand…

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    bakerbynature — October 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I would go wild on a bowl of this dip… wild. Your photos are stunning, lovey!

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    Taylor — October 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Yep, I could definitely eat this with a ladle!

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    Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles — October 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I. Love. Pumpkin. This looks like a great use for the coconut whipped cream I have hanging around in my fridge. I bet it would be great as breakfast spread on a bagel!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — October 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I always bring an appetizer or dessert to a party, and no matter what I bring it always vanishes in no time. I only bring things that I know will be HUGE hits.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I would devour this dip! And I am a big fan of cool whip… as much as I wish I wasn’t:-)

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    Karolina — October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I Just made your dip! DELICIOUS !

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    Katie — August 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

    A perfect Cool Whip recipe just in time for fall seeing as how it’s now August! When did that happen? I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing more and more pumpkin soon. Thanks for helping us kick off the season at http://blog.recipelion.com/tmhb-cool-whip-recipes/
    ~Katie

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