One minute, Cathy Cruz Marrero was walking down the corridor of the Berkshire mall where she works, replying to a text from a church friend that had just beeped into her phone. The next minute, her boot caught the edge of a step in the mall water fountain. She explains “I saw the water coming at me, I could see the pennies and nickels at the bottom of the fountain and then I was in it.” The entire incident was caught on a mall security camera. Several of the mall staffers replayed and recorded the video and posted it to YouTube (link to the video below). Within a matter of days, Cathy recieved word that she was an internet sensation, a role she didn’t quite relish, seeing as how she was unaware that the incident had been caught on tape and released publicly online.
With Ms. Marrero and the mall now embroiled in fierce talk of law suits in both directions, the incident is losing some of the knee-slapping humor that inevitably bubbles to the surface when you watch the video of her tripping into the fountain. Still, the video is hysterical nonetheless, because we’ve all been there. We’ve all had our embarrassing moments. Some of them have perhaps caught on tape. But, it’s unlikely that they’ve been blown up to the level that Cathy Cruz Marrero’s has. In any case, whether the moment happened in front of two best friends or two million YouTube viewing strangers, celebration rather than seriousness is in order. When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When texting in the mall lands you into a water fountain, you build a chocolate fountain and go for a skinny dip. And so, to celebrate Ms. Marrero’s triumphant (if sopping wet) return from the mall water fountain, we offer this recipe for a quick and easy homemade chocolate fondue which will run perfectly through a fountain machine. Just be warned, you probably shouldn’t be texting whilst you consume it.
Chocolate Almond Fondue
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon almond extract
24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup amaretto In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine half-and-half and almond extract. Heat until bubbles begin to form at edge of cream. Do not boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in chocolate chips, stirring constantly. Once all of the chocolate is melted and incorporated, slowly stir in amaretto until combined. Pour chocolate mixture into fondue pot or preheated chocolate fountain and serve with goodies for dipping.