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Fondue sparks romance for Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day can be pressure filled for the romantic. What to serve for dinner or dessert? Will it be cooked well? Will your date enjoy the dinner? Make your Valentine's meal special, romantic and easy by serving fondue.

Chocolate fondue can be a wonderful dessert option. The warm, melted chocolate can serve as the perfect vehicle for a variety of treats. From fruit to cake, the seductive chocolate can turn anyone into a romantic on Valentine's Day.

Here are a few chocolate fondue cooking tips that ensure a perfect dessert.

Chocolate Fondue Cooking Tips

  • The easiest way to cook fondue at home is to start it on the stove using a double boiler and then serve it in a warm fondue pot.
  • Keep dessert fondues warm at a low temperature – about 120 degrees.
  • Great dippers for chocolate fondue include fresh fruit like strawberries and bananas, Rice Krispies Treats®, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies.
  • The strong, bitter flavor of dark chocolate fondue provides a unique contrast when paired with sweet dippers such as pineapple and marshmallows. If your chocolate fondue comes out too bitter, stir in a little confectioners’ sugar until it reaches the desired level of sweetness.
  • Milk chocolate melts fairly evenly and its milder taste makes it a great base for mixing with sweet liquors and other additives, such as peanut butter or marshmallow creme. Of course, milk chocolate is also just as delicious in its purest form – with nothing added!
  • White chocolate has the same consistency as milk chocolate, but has a less intense flavor, which allows white chocolate fondue to take on more of the flavors of liqueurs, nuts, or any other mix-ins.

Of course, chocolate fondue must have a tasty recipe for the chocolate. Here are two chocolate fondue recipes that will satisfy the chocolate-lover on Valentine's Day.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fondue

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry liqueur

Instructions:

Combine the dark chocolate and cream in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water. Heat until the chocolate is melted, stirring constantly; or combine the chocolate and cream in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every 30 to 45 seconds. Be careful not to let the chocolate burn. Pour into a warm fondue pot. Drizzle with the liqueur. Keep fondue warm over low heat.

Serves four to six.

Yin and Yang Chocolate Fondue

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped.
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped.

Instructions:

Melt the dark chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, stirring constantly; or place the dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every 30 to 45 seconds. Be careful not to let the chocolate burn. Repeat the procedure with the white chocolate. Pour both chocolates simultaneously into a warm fondue pot. Rotate the pot one-quarter turn to produce the yin and yang effect. Garnish the white chocolate with a piece of dark chocolate and the dark chocolate with a piece of white chocolate. Keep fondue warm over low heat.

Serves 4 to 6.

If you rather leave the fondue to the experts, The Melting Pot is the perfect restaurant for Valentine's Day. From the melted cheese to the creamy chocolate, The Melting Pot is a romantic night out for any special occasion. Visit the company's website for a location.

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