This easy chocolate fondue is a fun dessert for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner or party. It is rich and chocolatey and doesn’t even require a fondue pot!
Hey, we made it to February! I don’t know about the rest of the country/world, but the PNW is feeling awfully springy these days. Which is fine by me, Spring is my favorite season. Flowers and sunny days and birds chirping, what’s not to love? I know I already posted a Valentine’s Day treat on Friday, but I couldn’t help but share one more. As I mentioned in that post, I usually prefer to stay in on Valentine’s Day to avoid the crowds. A few years ago I whipped up this easy chocolate fondue as part of our Valentines’ Day dinner, and I couldn’t believe how easy but decadent it was.
Since this fondue is so simple, it is important to use high quality chocolate. I bought Lindt Sweet Dark Chocolate bars from Fred Meyer when I was picking up the other ingredients. All you do is melt the chocolate with some half and half (you can also use milk or heavy cream). Something with a high cocoa content is going to give you a better flavor and consistency.
I almost bought a fondue pot for this post, but then I decided it wasn’t necessary. I mean, I guess if you make fondue regularly it would be worth it to own a fondue pot. But I don’t, and I don’t need another kitchen tool cluttering up my cupboards (I have plenty of that already, trust me). This chocolate fondue stays smooth and dippable long enough that I didn’t feel I needed a fondue pot, just using a ceramic dish was fine.
The fun part about the fondue is the dipping, and you get to include whatever you want for that. I like a variety of fruit, sweet stuff and one or two salty things can balance it out. For this time around I went with strawberries, pineapple, orange slices, a few store-bought cookies (waffle crisps and piroulines), marshmallows (I used store-bought here, but my homemade strawberry marshmallows would be awesome too!), and some jumbo pretzels. Some other things that would work great as dippers: banana slices, shortbread cookies, pound cake cut into squares, brownie chunks or cheesecake squares.
For the dippers, no fancy equipment needed there either. I just used bamboo skewers, available at most grocery stores.
For this Easy Chocolate Fondue, one trip to the grocery store, 5 minutes of cooking and you have yourself a fancy dessert that will impress your Valentine for sure.
For the Chocolate Fondue
- 14 ounces high quality dark chocolate
- 1/2-3/4 cup half and half*
- pineapple chunks
- orange slices
- wafer cookies
- Chop the chocolate into chunks and melt, whisking often, in a double broiler with 1/2 cup of half and half. Add up to 1/4 cup of additional half and half if needed to thin chocolate to desired consistency.
- When chocolate is melted and smooth, pour into a serving bowl and serve with dippers. Include bamboo skewers to easily dip them into the chocolate.
**Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in a covered container for up to 5 days. Chocolate will harden but can easily be melted again in the microwave.
OK, I know I just posted two desserts in a row, I promise to bring you some real food on Wednesday! In the meantime, what are your plans for Valentine’s Day? If you make this recipe don’t forget to tag it @foxandbriar and #foxandbriar on instagram and facebook! I really love to see what you make!
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Disclaimer: I was compensated by Fred Meyer to share my experience with them, however, my opinions, as always, are 100% my own. Integrity is important to me, and I only share brands and products that I think are awesome.