Milky Way Dip


This Milky Way dip is the perfect sweet appetizer to feed a crowd!  Make this with leftover candy you have laying around as an easy dessert for any party.

This Milky Way dip is the perfect sweet appetizer to feed a crowd!  Make this with leftover candy you have laying around as an easy dessert for any party.

Everyone else is posting hot dips getting ready for the Super Bowl and I’m over here remembering that dessert dips are easily forgotten about but totally necessary for those football parties.

How is your week going so far?  I’m taking one day at a time after the passing of my dad two weeks ago today.  This is a lot more difficult than anything I’ve ever dealt with before but I feel the love and the prayers surrounding me and my family.  Actually, my dad is one of the main reasons I started this blog.  My dad was a really good cook and loved good food.  He specialized in Italian dishes as most true Italians do, but also really loved grilling.  Around the time that I got married he taught me how to make his famous sauce and meatballs.  I went over his house one day and was determined to learn because at that point in time I had no idea how to cook even one dish.  I was the worst.  I literally ate cereal for dinner on most nights (so embarrassing).  Although my dad claimed “real Italians don’t measure ingredients”,  I demanded that he give me rough estimates on ingredients he was adding and in doing so probably doubled the time it took him to make his meatballs and sauce.  I wrote down every little thing he did because I told him that I need an actual recipe to follow before I can just go improvising!  It still took me several tries to perfect it at home while attempting it on my own, but I think I have it pretty darn close now.  And I am at the “true Italian” status now as I don’t really measure anything anymore.

This has nothing to do with this Milky Way dip, but I just thought I’d tell you how I started cooking in the first place.  My dad always made fun of me (in a loving way, of course) that I couldn’t cook and would laugh at me when I told him I tried making something.  It became an ongoing joke for quite some time but then that joke turned into determination to be as good of a cook as him and make him proud.  I had lunch with him at the end of October and he just started chuckling out of no where.  When I asked him why he was laughing he said it’s just such a funny thought to him that I have a food blog and am all into cooking now.  The “girl who didn’t cook” now has a job based on cooking and baking.  He said “I never thought I’d see the day”.  I think this blog made him really proud and that’s why I will try even harder now and keep it going.

Over the years I would call him with cooking questions and no matter what time of day it was he would always answer his phone and talk me out of potentially disastrous food situations.  I even called him just this past Christmas Eve with a kitchen “emergency” and that would be the last time I was able to do that and use him as my food lifeline.  I asked him a couple of questions on cooking a strip roast that I didn’t think about until the last minute and it was only my third time cooking a large roast.  He gave me his helpful advice, as always, and I knew he felt special whenever I asked his advice regarding food.  He knew that in my mind he was the “expert” and I think it made him feel needed.  So, I credit him for my determination to start cooking which led to this blog down the road.  Thanks, dad!

This candy bar Milky Way dip is the perfect sweet appetizer to feed a crowd at a party using leftover candy.  This is great for a quick chocolate fix.

There is not much to say about this dip and even if there was I have probably bored you to tears so I will just leave it at this:  Milky Way fans, chocolate fans, dip fans, people with a sweet tooth – make this Milky Way dip.  It’s a dip made of candy bars…how can that not be amazing?  Remember this Snickers Apple Dip from last year?  Yup, amazing.  Oh, and if you love Milky Ways, you will love these Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies.

Milky Way Dip
Recipe type: dessert
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This Milky Way dip is the perfect sweet appetizer to feed a crowd! Make this with leftover candy you have laying around as an easy dessert for any party.
  • 12 “fun” size Milky Ways, chopped – 10 for IN the dip and 2 for garnishing the dip (the "fun" size that is a couple of inches long, not the super small ones)
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of light brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14 oz. can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan; add brown sugar, corn syrup and salt.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil (10 to 12 minutes).
  3. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and cut up Milky Way bars.
  4. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until Milky Way bars are completely melted (minus the peanuts, of course) and dip thickens up.
  5. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and transfer to a serving bowl.
  6. Serve with sliced apples, graham crackers, pretzels, Ritz crackers or animal crackers.
  7. Take the two leftover Milky Way bars, chop them up, and sprinkle them over the dip before serving.

Recipe source: adapted by

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

22 Responses to “Milky Way Dip”

  1. Dana
    January 28, 2015 at 2:47 PM #

    DIP PARTY!!!!

  2. January 28, 2015 at 2:59 PM #

    Aww – such a sweet tribute to your dad! So heartwarming to read this and know what a big influence he played in you sharing these wonderful recipes with us!

    Btw, yes to sweet desserts – they are way under-rated! But seriously, I don’t think I could eat this as a dip, I might just need a spoon and a quite place to enjoy this!

  3. January 28, 2015 at 3:03 PM #

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful stories about your dad. He seems like he was quite a phenomenal man. About the dip – Milky Way bars are my favorite candy (I am actually eating one right now!) and this dip would not last in my house. In fact, I don’t think I could ever make this, but only because I can’t keep any fun-sized bars around long enough to make it! 🙂

  4. January 28, 2015 at 3:36 PM #

    Oh yes please! I love the idea of using these ingredients as a dip! 🙂 xoxo

  5. January 28, 2015 at 5:01 PM #

    What a creamy and dreamy dip. I want to melt in it 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. January 28, 2015 at 5:48 PM #

    I’m sooo sorry about your loss, Ashley! Your dad must have been so proud of you.

    and this dip looks fantastic-I love how gooey and creamy it is.

  7. January 28, 2015 at 8:52 PM #

    Your dad sounds like he was a pretty amazing man. And what great memories you had with him.

    And big yes to this dip – looks fantastic!

  8. January 28, 2015 at 10:36 PM #

    So sorry for your loss, Ashley. I really loved reading about you and your dad and I bet he was so very proud of your cooking and food blogging.

    This dip looks delicious! Milky ways in dip form… best party dessert ever! 😉

  9. January 29, 2015 at 4:19 AM #

    Your dad sounds like he was such an amazing man and he definitely was so proud of you for everything you’ve accomplished so far. This dip looks wonderful! Love the Milky ways!

  10. January 29, 2015 at 6:56 AM #

    Milky Ways are my favorite! I wish I could dive right into this dip. So sorry about the loss of your dad. Sounds like you have lots of great memories to cherish.

  11. January 29, 2015 at 9:13 AM #

    SO sorry about your loss, Ashley! 🙁

    This dip sounds out of this world. I think you should be called the Queen of Dips. You always share the best ones!

  12. January 29, 2015 at 12:34 PM #

    Oh no :((( I am so sorry for your loss! Keep the memories alive because he is always going to be with you. Take care of yourself and your loved ones, too, during these trying times.

    And, um, YES for dessert dips!!

  13. January 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM #

    Sweetest memories to hear about your dad and your relationship with him!

  14. January 29, 2015 at 1:32 PM #

    So sorry to hear about your dad. Thinking of you!

  15. January 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM #

    So sorry about your dad. What wonderful memories to cherish…and the dip! AWESOME!

  16. January 29, 2015 at 2:14 PM #

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad, I can’t imagine how hard that must be. But I love to hear he was some of the inspiration behind your blog – what a way to live on! And this dip – wowza – totally sinfully magnificent.

  17. January 29, 2015 at 6:40 PM #

    Oh Ashley, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad! It’s so great that he inspired you to create your blog.

    This dip is crazy good looking!

  18. January 30, 2015 at 10:03 AM #

    Sweet memories xox And this dip! – Wow!

  19. January 30, 2015 at 2:05 PM #

    I know this must him! Thank you so much for sharing your story it is a nice tribute to him!

  20. January 30, 2015 at 2:06 PM #

    *must miss him!

  21. Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings
    January 31, 2015 at 8:05 AM #

    Thanks for sharing the memories!!!

  22. February 2, 2015 at 8:33 AM #

    So sorry for your loss, your dad sure sounded great…he will live on in you when you cook and in many other ways!

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