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Candy Corn Cheese Spread

This yummy cheese spread is perfect for Halloween gatherings. It can be served warm, at room temperature or even chilled. The recipe has lots of Tex-Mex flavor, which is sure to please your guests. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
  • Makes
    2 cups


  • 3/4 cup finely crushed yellow tortilla chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Assorted crackers


  • Press parchment onto the bottom of a 1-qt. round baking dish. In a bowl, combine crushed chips and butter; press into prepared dish. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, 2 tablespoons sour cream, egg, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder and cumin. Stir in chiles and cheese blend. Spoon evenly over warm crust.
  • Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and a thermometer inserted in the center reads 160°. Let stand for 10 minutes; run a knife around edge and invert onto a serving platter. Carefully remove parchment.
  • Place remaining sour cream in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. Pipe a large candy corn shape; sprinkle with remaining chili powder. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers): 117 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • collectorkerri
    Nov 7, 2012

    I didn't find this to be to my taste. The concept is cute, but it was only OK and I have other dip recipes that are better.

  • rachaelb
    Oct 27, 2012

    This recipe was a hit at my Halloween party! Add salsa to the recipe for an extra flavor kick!

  • Ldilley
    Oct 18, 2012

    I don't rate until I try it to give it a fair rating.

  • sschedlbauer51
    Oct 15, 2012

    Thank you Sullivcm! I think that the nice part about this recipe IS that you can make it any time AND change the decoration on top to fit the occasion.

  • Sullivcm
    Oct 15, 2012

    I believe the "review" is to rate the actual recipe, not the name of it. It's hard ot believe that no one actually rated the recipe, but had the time to bash the name of it. Forget the name, and forget about drawing a graphic on the top - the dip is very good & very different.

  • susanmcreynolds
    Oct 15, 2012

    The name made me think it was something I could prepare for my Kindergarten class. Not. Yuck!

  • Peggy Springs
    Oct 14, 2012

    This recipe sounds really good to me. I will definitely try it. The candy corn is just a way to use it for halloween. I think it is a cute idea. Would call it Mexican candy corn cheese spread:)

  • whalewatcher17
    Oct 14, 2012

    I havent made this, the ingedients sound like a bizzare combo.....also agree about the name. What about "tortilla tex-mex dip"?

  • chezshea
    Oct 14, 2012

    I agree with Torytales. But, this recipe is not appealing to those who would make it. It needs a new name. That's all.Perhaps -"Mexicana cheese-Tortilla Chip Crusted appetizer: Halloween-style!"I know this would taste great, but is making the wrong presentation for theproper audience.

  • Pamlico
    Oct 13, 2012

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