Chocolate fondue is a romantic Valentine’s Day dessert for two. This is an easy sweet treat to make, and your Valentine’s sweet tooth will thank you for it.
I think Chocolate Fondue might be one of the most romantic desserts ever! At some point after the first, “I-think-I’m-falling-in-love-with-you” bouquet of hot house roses, you reach a point where you begin to feel that the, “your and my money“, might turn into “our” money. At that point, really expensive flowers seem a bit of a waste to me. Does this make me un-romantic? Maybe.
Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers, but I’m perfectly satisfied with a couple of bunches from Trader Joe’s or the Farmer’s Market. In fact, I prefer those! I love to rip apart the big bunches and arrange them into small, compact bouquets.
I’ve also never been out to a restaurant to eat on Valentine’s Day. Never. Having been in the restaurant business, I know that Valentine’s Day, along with Mother’s Day and Easter are not ideal times to “dine”. The women are given a long stem rose or carnation. The menu is prix-fixe, and definitely over priced. According to a recent Valentine’s Day survey by Zagat, 44% of couples plan on going out on the 14th, while only 35% plan on cooking at home. The survey didn’t mention what the other 21% would be doing. The average tab for that “romantic” dinner runs around $147. Yikes!
In any case, is “romance” about the fancy, expensive dinner or hot house bouquet from the best florist in town? Well, not for me. Everybody’s idea of what is romantic is personal. So this Valentine’s Day, you can bet we won’t be going out to dinner. Chances are, I’ll splurge and drop $25 on a couple of steaks or maybe lobster tail. I’ll serve it with drawn butter, some steamed veggies and maybe a baked potato.
And for dessert we’ll have Chocolate Fondue with Fresh Fruit.
- 1 cup of chopped chocolate semi-sweet, dark or milk whatever your preference.
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Heat cream in a double boiler over a medium heat. When cream starts to bubble, turn it very low and add chopped chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. If it's too thin, add some more chocolate. If it is too thick, add more WARM cream to the mixture. The cream must be warm...if it's cold, the chocolate will "break".
- Serve with fresh fruit or chunks of pound cake...or whatever else you can think of! (My favorite are strawberries and banana slices. Happy dipping!
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