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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine Idea #6 - Let’s Fondue it!

A few years ago we began in the Novotny home the tradition of having a chocolate fondue for our Valentines Celebration dessert . Yes, I am training my kids to be chocoholics like their mother, more excuses to feed my addiction.

So, pull out that buried fondue pot you received as a wedding gift or purchase an in-expensive one at your local variety store (a well worth purchase) and get ready to create a YUMMY Valentine dessert for your family.

Step 1 - Decide what you will use for your chocolate dipping sauce. I use Sephra chocolate which I purchase online at http://www.sephrafountains.com/. You can also use a variety of different recipes ( see below) or buy the already packaged chocolate dipping sauce, usually found in your chocolate baking section of the grocery store.
Step 2 - Choose your items for dipping. We use a mix of fruits and sweets from the list I have listed out here.

Fruits- Strawberries, Sliced bananas, apples, pears, dried fruit, pineapple, raspberries.

Cakes, Cookies and sweets - Marshmallows, pound cake in cubes, bite sized brownies, lady fingers, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, angel food cake, spritz cookies, biscotti.

Step 3 - Gather needed serving items: Dipping sticks ( bamboo kabob stick work great), bowls for the various dipping items, plates for each person and lots of napkins.
A Tradition your entire family will enjoy this Valentines day.

Extraordinary (and Simple) Chocolate Fondue Recipe
By: http://www.extremechocolate.com/

Ingredients -
16 ounces dark, sweet or semi-sweet chocolate1
1/2 cups light cream
1 tsp. Vanilla extract

Instructions -
1. Break chocolate squares into smaller pieces and drop them into the fondue pot.

2. Add cream (which will prevent the chocolate from going lumpy) and stir gently but constantly until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

3. Add vanilla extract, and stir it in.

4. Use a fondue fork to spear the fruit, then dip it in the chocolate. Enjoy!

Looking for more unique chocolate fondue recipe offerings? Click here for YUMMY recipes including "Hot" Chocolate Fondue; Sugar-Free Chocolate Fondue; Chocolate Marshmallow Fondue and more. http://www.extremechocolate.com/chocolate-fondue/

Do you fondue it on valentines day? Share your fondue recipes and dipping ideas with us at trisha@247moms.com

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