”All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz
For some, it’s a reminder of being single and alone, while for others, it’s just a day surrounded by sweets and flowers. Whatever Valentine’s Day may mean for you, there is every excuse in the world to have that include a bit of chocolate fondue. So treat yourself.
Whether you are planning a romantic evening for two or a gathering with friends, everyone enjoys the playfulness of a good chocolate fondue surrounded by little dippin’ bites of fruit and desserts.
Obviously, you need to start with a fondue pot. They are pretty inexpensive and easy to find. Finding a good chocolate is easy. Nestle’s now offers dark chocolate chips that will do quite nicely, or you can pick up Ghirardelli chocolate at most any grocery store. Your plate of treats can really be anything that goes well with chocolate and can be speared by a fondue stick. Get creative and have fun. Rice Crispy treats, pound cake cut into small squares, marshmallows, strawberries and bananas are all good choices. Make up a plate and have some fun!
- 8 ounces of heavy cream
- 12 ounces of dark or milk chocolate chips or pieces
- Flavoring (see below)
- Bite-sized fruit and sweets for dippin’ arranged on a plate
In a pot, add your cream and place over medium heat. Stir your cream and gently bring to just barely a boil. Add your chocolate and stir until mixed. Add your flavorings and place your fondue in your fondue pot with a burner or candle underneath to keep your chocolate warm.
If the chocolate fondue starts thickening, you can add a 1 tsp. of heavy cream and stir well to keep the chocolate thin and stretch it out.
Options for Flavorings:
- 2 teaspoons of Grand Marnier or favorite liqueur
- 1 pinch of Chipotle chili powder for a kick
- 1 pinch of espresso, 1 tsp. of vanilla and 2 Tbsp. of finely chopped hazelnuts
- 2 Tbsp. marshmallow fluff with 1 tsp. of vanilla extract