It is cold outside and sometimes you just want to stay in. That doesn’t mean you want to eat boring food. It also doesn’t mean you have to open up a bag of potato chips or candy. Whether you want a romantic night for two or having a family game night, chocolate fondue can be a ton of fun. It is not too hard to put together and can be healthier than you think.
There are so many wonderful health benefits to good quality chocolate. Make sure to find chocolate that is at least 70% cacao, then chop it with a knife to get it ready for the fondue. Heat up about ½ cup of whole milk and then add about 3-4 ounces of chopped chocolate. If it is too thick add a bit more milk. If you want to spice things up a bit you can infuse the milk with cinnamon, Irish cream, hazelnut liqueur or mint. The original is made with heavy cream, but I found the whole milk did the trick and is a special treat that is not as bad as other desserts, plus with fondue you get the added value of fruit. I would also suggest trying it with whole milk or coconut milk for a nondairy option both would be a bit better for you. For a much lighter option try Ellie Krieger's recipes for a Healthy Chocolate Fondue.
Set out a platter of chopped fruits. Fruit of all kinds are loaded with vitamins and there is no better way to get vitamins then when they are dipped in chocolate. You can try strawberries, cantaloupe, figs, honeydew, kiwi, pineapple, bananas, pears, oranges, and even slices of apple. I would stay away from cake, but if you have to go there, stick to angel food. If you need something crunchy go with some whole wheat pretzel sticks. And feel free to try some toppings, like chopped nuts or shredded coconut.
It is most fun to use a fondue pot, but not necessary. Just heat the sauce beforehand in a small pot and then transfer to a nice bowl to dip. Interesting enough Fondue as you might know was invented by the Swiss and only came to North America in the 1950s. In the 60s Konrad Egli of the Chalet Swiss Restaurant in New York invented the first Chocolate Fondue to get his diet conscious customers to buy dessert. Thanks Konrad!