This past weekend, I went to a birthday gathering for one of my very best friends. She asked us each to bring an appetizer to share for the crowd of about 15 people. What do you bring? I had a really hard time deciding on something and settled on a sweet treat type dish that I’d had at another event.
It was a super simple recipe, which worked for me because I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare something complicated.
Here’s my dish:
It was a sweetened cream cheese/caramel dip, served with tart green apples. Super simple: cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla – topped with drizzled caramel (my drizzling skills need work) and chopped pecans.
No, this wasn’t a healthy dish – it was sweet and pretty and celebratory for a special occasion.
Here’s the rub: there were at least 3 people at the party that commented that they were surprised I didn’t bring a healthy dish. My response to each of them was that I don’t always eat healthy and it’s a party.
Actually, the thing about my dish that did bother me the was the caramel dip. I bought a jar of Smuckers Caramel (again short on time, or I may have attempted to make my own) and saw that it was chock full of artificial ingredients and included High Fructose Corn Syrup. ICK. I’m a little disappointed in myself for serving such crap.
But, I’m not sorry that I brought the cream cheese and brown sugar yumminess. I just wish I had ‘cleaned’ up the caramel.
Do you bring healthy food to parties? Do you get judged when you don’t? Is there a pre-made ‘clean’ caramel?
I'm Carrie, a married mom of two in Southern CA. I made my health a priority a few years ago and am passionate about nutrition and fitness. I blog about running, food and my life and all of the ups and downs that all brings. Thanks for following my journey. Contact me: carrie [at] familyfitnessfood [dot] com
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