Fondue is the perfect ending to a romantic dinner. It is so easy to make, anyone can do it. You can keep it simple or get creative with your selection of items to dip. Include fresh fruit, marshmallows, cookies, homemade pound cake, angel food cake... The list of what you can use is endless. You can make it super simple or let your imagination run wild.
I use a fondue pot to serve it in, but if you don't have one - no worries! You can put the chocolate sauce in a little double boiler and put it on a high trivet with a few a tea-lites underneath to keep it warm.
Now if it's just two of you, then you can dip away and enjoy. If you are making this for a party (it's a great dish for a party) you will need to skewer all the items with long bamboo picks so there's no double dipping.
4 - 6
1 Pound Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips or chunks, chopped. Always use the best chocolate. I use Callebaut.
2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 Tablespoon Salted Butter
Pinch of Sea Salt
Prepare a platter with all the things you would like to dip. I chose to include fresh strawberries, sliced kiwi, fresh pineapple chunks, a mixture of homemade marshmallows, and chunks of homemade banana bread. Once your platter is made. Reserve until serving time.
For the Chocolate Fondue Sauce
Put chocolate into a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
Heat heavy cream in a pan until it has a skin on the top. Pour hot heavy cream over the chocolate. Add the tablespoon of butter and mix all the ingredients until well combined. Pour into the fondue container and serve.
You can also add a tablespoon of Vanilla, Brandy, Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) or a flavored liqueur like Cointreau into the chocolate mixture if you chose. Adding any of these will give the chocolate sauce a more complex flavor profile.
Dipping ideas -
Bananas, Strawberries, Pineapple, Boysenberries... Most any fruit will work.
Oreo Cookies, Butter Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread squares...
Pound Cake, Banana Bread, Angel Food Cake, Chocolate Cake, Brownies, Donut holes...
Dried Fruit like Apricots, Peaches and Dates...
Pretzel Rods, Homemade Marshmallows, Chips, or Caramel Candy Squares...
* I always use a really high grade of Belgian chocolate like Callebaut. You can buy it in large chunks, which need to be chopped, or in the form of chips. You can also mix the chocolate - 8 oz semi-sweet and 8 oz of milk chocolate, if you want a more mild and sweeter fondue sauce.