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Making Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate fondue is a luxurious treat for any event, whether it be a small party, a shower, a big reception, or just for two - after a romantic dinner. Fondue was created by a Swiss chef (naturally) in the 1960’s and allows diners to have a taylored dessert at a relaxed pace. While today fondue is often enjoyed in a chocolate fountain, a fondue pot is more appropriate for smaller gatherings. (It is also much easier to clean.)

No special gourmet skills are needed to make chocolate fondue. The most important factor is to use good quality chocolate. This will help ensure even melting, and of course, will taste better! Melt the chocolate in a double boiler on the stove beforehand. Be very careful not to expose chocolate to direct heat; it will burn quite easily making the chocolate unedible and make a mess of the pan. Some people like to add liqueur (coffee flavored?) or brandy to melted chocolate. A bit of cream and vanilla can also be added. If the chocolate is too clumpy, try adding a oil or butter - but be careful here as this can change the taste.

Once the chocolate is melted, transfer it to the fondue pot so the mixture will stay heated and liquid for leisurely dipping. Be careful not to turn the heat up too high since you don’t want to burn the chocolate.

Fondue Recipe

Ingredients
2 cups milk chocolate chips
6 tablespoons heavy cream
4 tablespoons Kahlua
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
Combine chocolate, cream, Kahlua, and cinnamon in a pan set in another pan containing an inch or so of water (double boiler). Heat until melted, stirring occasionally. Pour into fondue pot, light candle or burner. Server with cut fruit or other sweet items.

There are many foods that can be dipped in chocolate fondue. Here are a few suggestions:

Strawberries
Banana
Kiwi
Apple
Orange
Cherries
Pineapple
Toffee
Cubes of pound cake
Cookies
Marshmallows
Caramels
Pretzels
Rice cakes
Nuts

Chocolate fondue can be a great way to add interest to a party and is a great conversation starter in itself. Plus it allows the host to relax with the guests and enjoy a sweet treat. There are all sorts of different designs for fondue pots. One you might find interesting is the Hershey's Red Kiss Dessert Fondue Maker.

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