Valentine’s Day 2011 falls on kind of an awkward night this year. I mean Monday isn’t exactly a night that my hubby and I usually go out… we both have to work, and we both have to get up and go to work the next day. Plus, finding a sitter for our little one on Valentine’s Day is next to impossible unless you book someone like a year in advance. So, this year I was challenged to find a special way to have a romantic Valentine’s dinner at home (of course after we put our munchkin to bed).
It’s a known fact that chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand. I mean, I know my hubby will at least get me chocolate and flowers tomorrow, and I will be a happy woman. So, I decided, why not return the gesture and whip him up a special chocolate dessert!
For anyone who has ever eaten at the Melting Pot, you’ll be happy to know that I got my inspiration for this Valentine’s dessert from them. Their chocolate fondue dessert is out of this wold, right? Instead of trying to get a Valentine’s reservation there, and worrying about if I’m allowed to eat the type of cheese they use, I decided to come up with my own chocolate fondue recipe and dipping options at home. Continue reading to get the recipe for this easy Last Minute Sweet Dessert To Serve Your Sweetheart for Valentine’s Day 2011…
Milk Chocolate Fondue
1 bag of Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Chips (in baking isle of grocery store)
2/3 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
2 tbsp. Orange Flavored Liquer
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
Pinch or two of Instant Coffee ( really helps brings out the chocolate flavoring)
Fresh strawberries, bananas, pineapple chunks, pretzels, apples, big marshmallows, pound cake, cheesecake bites (I am picking up a slice of regular cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory, and cutting it into bite size pieces)
1. Fondue Pot-
If you have a fancy fondue pot, go ahead and get it heating up and start stirring all of your ingredients together.
2. Don’t Own a Fondue Pot?
No worries. Get a saucepan out and fill it with a few inches of water and bring it up to medium heat. The key is you want your water hot, but not quite boiling. Place a glass mixing bowl on top of your saucepan and add your chocolate. Once your chocolate starts to melt, continuously stir to keep from burning, and add all your ingredients. Once combined, serve immediately. Be careful! The bowl will be hot!
3. It’s All About The Presentation-
Go ahead and arrange all of your dippers on a pretty platter. I like to sprinkle everything with a little powdered sugar, or cocoa powder… it just adds the finishing touch!