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Dec 17, 2013

Dips are great for entertaining--there’s no doubt about it. Whether it's a casual get together or holiday-themed bash, a rich, creamy dip tops the list of must-have party foods. Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has made it easier than ever to find the perfect dip, from sweet to savory, for this holiday season at

Wisconsin Cheese and real dairy products are the foundation of nearly every good dip recipe, and that's certainly true for the more than 60 recipes at From cream cheese and sour cream to one or more varieties of Wisconsin Cheese, dairy products give dips a full flavor and rich, creamy consistency. A sampling of recipes from includes:

  • Caramel Apple Pie Dip – This sweet, creamy rendition of an American staple captures the essence of apple pie in dip form.
  • Blue Cheese Beer Spread – A tangy beer cheese dip that is perfect for New Year’s Day bowl games.
  • Mascarpone Spread with Brandied Walnuts – Brandied walnuts add a festive flair to this buttery Wisconsin Mascarpone spread.

Attached is an image of Caramel Apple Pie Dip. For more hi-res images and recipes, contact Jon Whitely, 608-241-4141. For more information about Wisconsin Cheese, contact Heather Porter Engwall

Caramel Apple Pie Dip

Servings: 8


1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup prepared caramel sauce
4 ounces Wisconsin Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup apple, peeled and finely diced


In medium bowl using an electric mixer, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks begin to form, about 2-3 minutes. Add apple pie spice, vanilla extract, salt and caramel sauce; mix until combined, scraping sides of bowl to ensure even mixing. Add Cream Cheese and mix until just incorporated. Add diced apple and mix until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Serve with graham crackers, gingersnaps or other cookies.

Tip: The apples will lend the dip some sweetness. If the dip is not sweet enough for your liking, stir in a tablespoon of sugar before serving.

Blue Cheese Beer Spread

Servings: 6-8


2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin Cream Cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin Aged Cheddar Cheese, shredded
2/3 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin Blue Cheese, finely crumbled
1/2 cup (4 ounces) Pale Ale or Extra Special Bitter beer
Fresh thyme to garnish


Bring cheeses and beer to room temperature. Place cheeses in food processor, pulsing to combine. Add beer and process until smooth and creamy.

Transfer spread to ramekin or serving bowl and refrigerate covered for at least 1 hour before serving. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve with crackers, bread or apple slices. Dip pairs well with pale ale that is slightly hoppy.

Mascarpone Spread with Brandied Walnuts

Servings: 10


1 cup walnuts
1 (8-ounce) container Wisconsin Mascarpone Cheese
1 small onion, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon brandy


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread walnuts on rimmed baking sheet and toast 10 to 15 minutes or until fragrant and lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine Mascarpone, grated onion, minced garlic and salt. Spoon Mascarpone mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a flat disk measuring 4 ½-inches in diameter by 1 1/2-inches tall. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Chop toasted walnuts. Melt butter with brown sugar in small saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine. Add walnuts and cook together for one minute. Remove from heat and add brandy. Cool.

To serve, place Mascarpone disk on serving board or platter. Spoon walnut mixture over top. Use your hands to coat sides with walnut mixture. Place extra walnut mixture in a ramekin and serve on the side. Serve with crackers.

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