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A Totally Important Announcement About Crack Dip

UPDATE: Congratulations, Andrea Silva!! You are the winner of the roasted pineapple and habanero dip. I’m also sending you a copy of Covet. Please e-mail me at [email protected]. I need your postal mailing address.

Long-time readers of my blog know that I have a favorite recipe. It’s for something called crack dip and the name is self-explanatory.

I love me some crack dip. When you find out what’s in it, you might think it doesn’t sound that appealing. But trust me on this, it’s fantastic. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, smoky, and spicy. Recently I was gutted devastated dismayed to learn that one of the key ingredients is no longer being carried at SuperTarget (which was one of the only places you could buy it). When people first brought this to my attention I brushed it off. Certainly my SuperTarget would still be carrying it. Maybe a few random SuperTargets across the country are sold out or something, but I doubt it’s really gone.

Dudes. It’s gone.

Gone, gone, gone.

You will no longer be able to find THIS in SuperTarget stores. (I’m crying as I type this.) *

However, I am nothing if not resourceful. I have an Internet connection and a computer (and Google!). Plus I’m highly motivated. After a little searching I found THIS.


I found it on Amazon. You can buy it here.

Yes, it’s a little more expensive. Yes, that sucks. But it’s crack dip. CRACK DIP, Y’ALL!

So, for those of you who are not familiar with crack dip, here’s the recipe:

Dump the whole jar of the roasted pineapple and habanero dip into a medium-size bowl.

Next, add two packages of Philadelphia brand cream cheese. Leave the cream cheese out for a few hours so that it comes to room temperature and is very soft. Really mix this together well. You don’t want big chunks of cream cheese, and sometime it helps to use the back of a big spoon to smooth them out.

Use the reduced-fat cream cheese if you want (it won’t affect the awesomeness of the dip). Do not, under any circumstances, use the fat-free crap because I’ll be notified telepathically, my head will explode, and zombies will eat my brain. So don’t do that, okay?

After you’ve combined the cream cheese and the habanero and roasted pineapple dip, add an 8 ounce package of shredded Kraft sharp cheddar cheese. Mix well.

This next part is important. You’re going to add some diced red onion, but not too much (start with a few tablespoons and add from there). I once thought that if a little red onion was good, a whole lot would be better but all it did was overpower the dip and I had to throw it away and start over which made me cry. So be careful. You can always add a little more, but you can’t take it out once it’s in there. I’d say 1/4 of a small red onion is plenty.

Mix, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve the dip with Ritz crackers. Town House Toppers also work well (you really need a sturdy cracker).

No matter where you go, if you bring this dip people will love you. They’ll stand around the bowl raving about it and you’ll have to give everyone the recipe. A friend gave it to me back in 2008 and I’ve been making it ever since. Occasionally, someone will turn their nose up at crack dip when you tell them what’s in it, but after you force them to try it anyway, they’ll be the one parked next to the bowl shoveling in dip-covered crackers like it’s their job. I guarantee it. 

And just to prove to you how much I love this stuff, one of you will win a jar of the roasted pineapple and habanero dip so you can make it at home and see what all the fuss is about.

As always, this giveaway is open to everyone. I don’t care where you live. If you win, I’ll ship it to you.


*If they’re still carrying the roasted pineapple and habanero dip at your SuperTarget, buy every jar on the shelf.

This Post Has 12 Comments
  1. Tracey, you crack me up! Because I care–and don’t want to bear the burden of responsibility–I hereby swear never to use fat-free cream cheese for anything ever again. 😉 I can’t wait to take a crack at this dip.

  2. I love this dip! We make it with Taste of Gourmet’s Peach Pecan Pepper Preserves (or you can also get the Tabasco Brand Pepper Jelly and mix it with Peach preserves). I’m going to have to try the Pineapple. Thanks for the recipe, Tracey! xo

    1. Ok so I thought of this post this morning when I went in to my local Market Basket grocery store and they had a HUGE jar of this stuff on shelf. I really must try this now.

  3. Sounds awesome, Tracey. Just so those of us at bizarre ends of the world (Australia in this case!) can have a go, what flavours are we looking for in the jar of salsa? Sweet? Hot? Smoky? I haven’t got a hope in Hades of getting your actual recommendations, so I’ll have to substitute something local.

  4. this sounds yummy. if i make this i will follow your instructions because we love you and we don’t want you zombie eaten. xaxaxaxa

  5. HyVee and Dahl’s carry that Robert Rothschild brand too! But I’m totally going to Target today to check on the other one. Target makes my favorite salsa it’s Mango Peach. If they stop making it will cry.

    1. What?! My Dahl’s used to carry it, but they stopped. I’ve never seen it at Hy-Vee. Which locations? I will go there next time (no shipping charges!). Yay! Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

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