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 comments on “Caramel Pumpkin Whip Dip”

  1. 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 :)

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

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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  13. 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!)

  14. 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…

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

  16. Yep, I could definitely eat this with a ladle!

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  18. 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!

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

  22. I Just made your dip! DELICIOUS !

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