Choose your chocolate fondue at home date night
Do you remember those choose your own adventure books from the late 70s and 80s? I was obsessed with them. I loved that I could read the book again and again and get a different story each time. I believe one of the secrets to making a marriage last is similar to the excitement of those choose your own adventure books; keeping things new and exciting. Doing new things together is exciting, and it puts you on equal footing learning together. That is why a variety of date nights are essential to a good relationship even after you say “I Do”. I enjoy a night on the couch binge watching Netflix and cuddling, but if that’s the only date night you every have planned it’s going to get boring. Mix it up with opportunities to talk and grow together as a couple. Being a busy mom with a toddler I don’t find a lot of time to talk with my husband throughout the week. Date night allows us to reconnect and talk about more than potty training and schedules. That’s why this fondue at home date night is perfect for busy couples. Try new flavor combinations with a few simple questions, and spend uninterrupted time with your significant other.
“Learning new things together strengthens bonds because it is at those moments we can show our vulnerability to one another,” says Dr. Hisla Bates, M.D., a pediatric and adult psychiatrist based in New York City. “When we are learning a new task, neither party is an expert, and mishaps and failures are bound to happen. In those vulnerable moments when we fail, the other party can show support. They can work together to find a solution, and working together helps deepen the connection.” The Power of Learning New Things Together By Jamie Friedlander
I have loved fondue as long as I can remember, probably because getting to dip food into cheese and call it a meal is a win in my book. Then the bonus of finishing a fondue meal by coating everything in chocolate like you’re one of the kids in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, is a dream come true! Enjoying fondue always feels like a special occasion, which makes it perfect for an at home date night. For this fondue at home date night we’ll be making chocolate fondue, but feel free to start with a cheese course if you would like. Read more about why date night is important and get tips on childcare in my previous post.
Choose Your Chocolate Fondue Flavors
Download the quiz to create your own unique fondue. When you are done you will have two different flavor combinations, select your favorite or get ingredients to try both!
What You’ll Need
Fondue pot and skewers, seems pretty obvious but making sure you have the right tools is key to success. If you want to do cheese and chocolate make sure you get a non-stick pot that is easy to clean. I have this Cuisinart Electric Fondue pot and love it! Alternatively, if you don’t have a pot and still want to enjoy fondue, mix your ingredients on the stove at low to medium heat then pour into a heat safe bowl and eat immediately.
The two basic ingredients for any easy fondue are heavy whipping cream and chocolate. Use the answers to your quiz to enjoy your personalized creation. You’ll need 6oz of chocolate of choice and then any other mix-ins from your quiz.
I go by the rule of 4 for dippers in my chocolate fondue; something fresh, something sweet, something sinful, and something salty. For something fresh I like fruit, strawberries, bananas, apples, and pineapple are all delicious dipped in chocolate. Something sweet like donut holes, pound cake, or brownies are perfect for any sweet tooth. Something sinful has to be extra indulgent like marshmallows, your favorite candy bar, or cookie. Last but not least something salty keeps things interesting, try pretzels to play it safe or get a little wild with bacon or potato chips as dippers.
Basic Chocolate Fondue Recipe
adapted from Simply Recipes
- Prep time: 5 minutes
- Cook time: 10 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4
- 6 ounces of milk or dark chocolate (chips or roughly chopped if from a block)
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of heavy whipping cream
- A pinch of salt
- Mix-ins from quiz results
- Dippers (see notes above)
1 Heat the cream with a pinch of salt over medium heat in a small saucepan or electric fondue pot until tiny bubbles show and begins to lightly and slowly simmer.
2 Remove from heat, add the chocolate, and whisk until smooth and full incorporated.
3 Get your quiz and add your mix-ins. For Luke Skywalker, start with a base or white chocolate chips. For Darth Vader use dark chocolate chips. For cat stir in 2 TB of marshmallow fluff or for dog stir in 2 TB of peanut butter. Summer, stir in 1 TB (or to taste) Amaretto Liquor. Winter, stir in 1 TB ( or to taste) Bailey’s. For ocean crush 1 graham cracker sheet and sprinkle on top of fondue. For mountains crush 2 Oreo cookies and sprinkle on top of fondue.
4 If not using electric fondue pot, immediately transfer to heat resistant serving bowl.
5 Arrange the dippers on a platter or plates around the chocolate pot. Use a fondue fork, bamboo skewer, seafood fork, or salad fork to dip the fruit pieces and other dippers into the hot melted cream chocolate mixture. Eat immediately.
(If the fondue begins to feel a little stiff, add a tablespoon of heavy cream and stir. It will help it go a little longer. Eventually, it will cook down though and you may need to start a new pot.)
Want even more fondue ideas? Check out this cookbook with 75 fondue recipes!
Now you’ve got your chocolate fondue ready to enjoy, set the mood for your fondue at home date night with one of these Spotify playlists.
Taking time to connect with your significant other is critically important to your relationship. I hope you will enjoy this fondue at home date night to keep you connected in the chaos and busyness of life.
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