Have you ever had Fondue?  Fondue is a great way to be interactive at the table and even those who don’t cook can enjoy the simple art of dipping and eating.

 

Chocolate Fondue

 

Chocolate fondue in particular is incredibly simple. Melted chocolate becomes the staple for a wide variety of ‘dippables’ or things to dip into the chocolate.  While great fun for a party or with your family on an evening in, chocolate fondue is also the perfect way to end a romantic meal at home.  And you don’t have to use a fondue pot, but it does seem to make it all the nicer.

Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Have your fondue pot or sauce pan available.

Ingredients
12 ounces of dark chocolate (chips or roughly chopped if from a block)
8 ounces of heavy cream
A pinch of salt
Dippables such as strawberries, banana pieces cut into 1-inch chunks, dried appricots, orange slices, apple pieces, pear slices, angel food cake.

Directions
1. Warm the cream over moderate heat until tiny bubbles show and begins to lightly and slowly boil. Add the chocolate and whisk until smooth and full incorporated.

2. Immediately transfer to a fondue pot heated at low or with a low flame, or serve straight from the pot.

3. Arrange the ‘dippables’ on a platter or plates around the chocolate pot. Use a fondue fork, bamboo skewer, seafood fork, or salad fork to dip the fruit pieces and other dippables into the hot melted cream chocolate mixture. Eat immediately.

If the fondue begins to feel a little stiff, add a tablespoon of heavy cream and stir. It will help it go a little longer. Eventually, it will cook down though and you may need to start a new pot.

Other Ideas
– For adult get togethers, add a tablespoon or two of Bailey’s Irish Cream to the chocolate. Other liquors such as Grand Marnier, Amaretto, or Kirsch are equally yummy.

– Add a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and ancho chili pepper for a nice Mexican Chocolate.

– The contents of a vanilla pod or some vanilla extract are always a decadent touch to chocolate.

– And don’t forget that a good pinch of espresso powder can do wonders!

– Orange zest or grapefruit zest is nice way to create a slightly fruity chocolate.

– A few tablespoons of Torani flavoring syrups (the kind used for coffee or Italian sodas) can add a nice dimension of flavor as well.

– White chocolate is always a nice change. Don’t be afraid to be creative!