Our tester served this at a small gathering and received rave reviews. If you’re watching fat intake, try substituting a reduced-fat cream cheese in place of the regular cream cheese and skim milk in place of the half-and-half, and serve with raw vegetables rather than crackers.
In a food processor or by hand with a fork, beat the garlic, cream cheese, and half-and-half until smooth. Fold in 1 tablespoon of the chives, mixing gently. Spoon into a bowl or crock and garnish with the remaining ½ tablespoon chives. Chill for 2 hours before serving with an assortment of crackers and sliced fresh vegetables.