Pumpkin S’mores Dip


Um, I don’t know where to start except that I made the best sweet dessert dip in the whole entire world: Pumpkin S’mores Dip. Pumpkin pie, chocolate, ganache, and marshmallow are all in one place…so get ready to drool.

overhead of pumpkin dip

I was a stay-at-home mom for about 6 years. I was a completely full-time mom, no job outside (or inside) the home (besides the job of being a mom, of course). That was probably the hardest job I ever had; not for the challenge it presented but for the tedium. I’m not a “natural” mom who loves playing dolls all day; I’d rather be doing something – anything – besides building legos. But it didn’t make sense for our family for me to try and find a job to work around Mel’s hectic schedule, and I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

The SAHM does it all for the family: cooking, cleaning, parenting, volunteering…the list is endless. When I was a SAHM I had loads of guilt: that I wasn’t contributing to the family income, that I wasn’t parenting good enough, that I should volunteer more, that I was going to lose my mind. I resented the feeling that I was looked down upon by (some of the) other moms for “doing nothing”.

hand holding cookie dipping in dip collage

I’ve never worked outside the home and been a mom at the same time, and I can’t even imagine how stressful that is. Trying to do all the things moms have to do and not be at home during the day would put me over the edge – which is one of the reasons I never attempted it. Having to manage the housework and cooking and homework and recitals and sports while juggling a work schedule that involves commute would be insane, I imagine. I’m assuming there is also guilt involved with being a working mom as well. You probably get judged by some of the SAHM’s. (BTW, I was not one of those judgey “she shouldn’t be working” SAHMs. I kind of wished I was you.)

And then there is what I do now: a WAHM/SAHM hybrid. I work full-time in my house, but we don’t have childcare…so I’m also a SAHM. Luckily Jordan is in school, but as many of you who work at home know, work hours can’t always fit inside an 8am-2pm day. Often I have to work at 6am or in the evening, and Jordan just has to deal.

Pumpkin S'mores Dip has pumpkin pie, chocolate ganache, and marshmallow all in one warm dip!

Working full-time at home means I have to do all the things moms do (cleaning – doesn’t happen, cooking – only if it’s for the blog, parenting – I try my best) and then work. This means that during school hours I spend as much time as I can churning out my work so I can do minimal things when Jordan is home. I have lots of guilt; that I’m not parenting enough, that I’m not a good enough wife or that the house looks like hell. What I really hate is when I get guilt from outside sources because I don’t do more at school or that I’m not around school enough. Because I work. All day. Anyone who works from home understands this – working at home is an enigma. What does she do all day? Watch The View? (Yes, but that’s on my lunch break.) Eat cookies? (Yes, but that’s my job.) Surf Facebook? (Yes, but again, that’s my job.)

Anyway, my point is, can all us moms just get along? I don’t judge other mom’s for what they do, if they work a job or if they are a full-time mom. Can we just all realize we’re all doing the best we can and just because you can’t see that someone else is working or volunteering or parenting, it doesn’t mean they aren’t?

I think the world would be better if we could all grant each other that courtesy, dotcha think?

Good, because when I was working yesterday I made Pumpkin S’mores Dip. It was a hard job, but you should be glad I did it.

This dip, OMG. I’ve seen these ganache/marshmallow s’more dips across the internet (most recently on my friend Alyssa’s blog) and I wanted to make one…with pumpkin.

So I did. And it’s the best thing everrrrr!

There are three components to this dip:

  1. Pumpkin pie-like filling. I mixed pumpkin puree with sweetened condensed milk and pumpkin pie spice. That goes on the bottom.
  2. Chocolate ganache. Chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream create the best ganache – you just swirl it into the pumpkin.
  3. And finally, Marshmallow. The swirly warm marshmallow is made my melting it with sweetened condensed milk. It adds the perfect touch to the top of the dip.

Serve this pumpkin s’mores dip with graham crackers for an authentic s’more feel… or use gingersnaps. I love gingersnaps with pumpkin – they’re my favorite thing to pair with it. This dip is served warm and everyone will LOVE it.

Watching the World Series tomorrow? Serve this.

Hosting Halloween or Thanksgiving or Christmas? Make this.

Football party on Sunday? You got it. MAKE THIS.

hand holding cookie dipping in dip collage

Then get a straw and drink it…

Pumpkin S’mores Dip

This three layer swirled pumpkin s’mores dip is the perfect fall party treat. Pumpkin pie, chocolate ganache, and marshmallow are all swirled together to make a great warm dip for any gathering.
Yield 4 cups of dip
Serving Size


  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie mix; I use Libby’s
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk I use fat-free, divided
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup marshmallow cream such as Fluff


  • Graham crackers and/or Gingersnaps for dipping (or fruit, pretzels, etc.)
  • Stir pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Place the chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream in another small bowl or glass measuring cup. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth (about 1 minute total in my microwave).
  • Pour the chocolate slowly over the pumpkin mixture. Use the back of a wooden spoon or a knife to swirl it.
  • Place the marshmallow cream and remaining 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk in yet another bowl. Heat for 20-30 seconds, until it stirs smooth. Pour slowly over the top of the chocolate pumpkin mixture and swirl again.
  • Serve immediately with gingersnaps, graham crackers, fruit, or pretzels for dipping.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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  1. Wow! Who knew smores dip could look this good? I am so loving the pumpkin flavor, Dorothy! Such a fun dessert!

  2. It’s frustrating to hear about women putting each others down for their choices. The fact is, we are all different and what works for some may not work for others. Tell those judgey moms to deal with it! I don’t have children but I know that I would want to be home with them instead of allowing someone else to practically raise them. And to be working from home while trying to raise children has got to be hard. It truly is a balancing act and you just do the best you can. I admire you Dorothy for being able to do it. Don’t you ever feel guilty for doing what you love and what feels right for you and your family.

    This dip! My heavens, I could lick the bowl clean. Pinning!

  3. So true! I feel that same way. I work all day and even though I love it, it’s still work and no I can’t watch your kids for you! This dip so too amazing!

  4. You are such a great mom and don’t forget it! 😉 
    Love this dip! I now know what I’ll be snacking on during the World Series tonight!

  5. My heart wants to sing. My mouth wants to indulge. This looks like a happy place to be.
    Yum. Pinned.

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  6. Those swirls though!!! This is amazing Dorothy. And I love how gorgeous you got that dip – the perfect thing to bring to a party! Pinned 🙂

  7. Sounds like we’ve been on the same career path! Haha. I’ve been a SAHM for 13 years  and started getting restless because I am a doer too.  Blogging is my niche and I’m so happy I’ve found it!  I’m glad you do what you do, because I get to reap the benefits of your fabulous recipes!  This dip looks beyond incredible!  Pinned.

  8. I just looked at my shower and felt terrible guilt that I can’t remeber when was the last time I scrubbed it. Being a full time student and now  blogger I’m constantly feeling guilty for being a bad wife. I don’t even know how you mommies do it, stay at home or work at home. It’s  incredible what you do and no one should make you feel guilty for that!! 

  9. when we women stop judging the choices of other women, I hate being made to feel guilty because I stay home, and I;d feel guilty if I worked out of the home as well – we just can’t win, except whererthis dip is concerned that is a win for everyone who eats it

  10. Thanks for this amazing post. I think it is great that you are a stay at home mom also. It is one of the hardest jobs out there. I have to be a stay at home mom, because with 5 kids under the age of 8 daycare would cost more than I would make working. Thanks for the recipe. It looks AMAZING! <3

    1. Daycare cost is kind of ridiculous! With one it didn’t make sense with my husband’s odd hours (he travels). I can’t imagine with 5!!