No matter what you choose to make for Valentine’s dinner, finishing the meal with a swoon-inducing dessert like this rich and silky Dark Chocolate Fondue for Two certainly helps set the tone for a romantic evening.
There’s something seductive about chocolate fondue, don’t you think? Maybe it’s the luscious, smooth texture of the melted chocolate, or maybe it’s the swirling motion used to coat the strawberries (or whatever you choose to dip), or maybe it’s the fact that sharing it brings you closer to your sweetie (and after all, someone might need help with an errant drip of delicious chocolate).
Luckily, chocolate fondue is not difficult to make and it warms up nicely in a half-hour, so it’s the perfect choice for dessert after a home-cooked Valentine’s dinner. No fondue forks? No worries! Use cocktail skewers, bamboo skewers, toothpicks, dessert forks or just regular forks. Trust us, your honey won’t notice…or care…
- 1/4 cup light cream
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch instant espresso or instant coffee
- 1 (4-oz.) bar bittersweet baking chocolate, chopped (60% cacao Ghirardelli is what I use)
- Favorite dippers (a selection of fresh and dried fruit, marshmallows or gluten-free pretzels or cookies)
- In a dip-sized slow cooker crock (such as a Crock Pot Little Dipper), stir together the creams, vanilla and instant coffee. Cover and let heat 15 minutes.
- Stir in chocolate. Cover and let heat 15 minutes more. Whisk or stir mixture well, until smooth and blended.
- Serve immediately right from the crock (unplug it and place on a trivet or pad to protect the table). If you want to keep it warm a little longer, simply keep it plugged in. The fondue can also be transferred to a fondue warmer or small bowl if you like.
- Serve fondue with your favorite dippers such as strawberries, banana chunks, dried apricots, marshmallows or gluten-free pretzels.
Note: If you like, you could make a more "adult" fondue by eliminating the pinch of instant espresso and whisking in a little rum or amaretto (such as Disaronno) at the end of cooking. Store any leftover fondue in the refrigerator; it reheats nicely in the microwave.