If I don’t cool it with the nostalgia, Marty McFly might come knocking at my door.
I was channeling my inner 5th grader last week with my 80s-inspired Valentine’s Day cootie catcher love notes. And now, I’m blasting even farther into the past to the 1970s and cooking up a family fondue feast.
Instead of going out for Valentine’s Day last week, we opted to stay in and cook a special fondue meal. It was just like The Melting Pot, but without the $100 price tag!
We started with a cheese course, and I’ll share that recipe soon. But the chocolate and peanut butter dessert was so to-die-for that I had to share it first.
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- 1 cup Nutella spread
- 2 TBSP chopped roasted peanuts
- Heat half and half in a double boiler or in a bowl over a pot of hot (but not boiling) water.
- Add chocolate chips, stirring constantly until melted and smooth.
- Stir in peanut butter chips and Nutella spread until melted and smooth.
- If too thick, add additional half-and-half, 1 TBS at a time until fondue is the desired consistency.
- Remove from heat and transfer to fondue pot.
- Stir in chopped peanuts.
- Serve with strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, pretzels, Rice Krispie treats, pound cake and brownies.
Recipe from The 125 Best Fondue Recipes by Ilana Simon
As fancy as fondue seems, it’s definitely do-able as a weeknight meal, especially if you do some of the prep work ahead of time.
We cut up our dippers ahead of time, everything but the Granny Smith apples.
You can serve anything you want with your chocolate fondue. In addition to the dippers that you see here, you could also serve Rice Krispie Treats, bananas, pineapple, cheesecake, Oreo cookies, dried fruit and whatever else you think goes well with melted chocolate.
Is there anything that doesn’t go well with melted chocolate?
The pretzels were a big hit at our fondue feast. Salty+sweet=delicious.
They paired especially nicely with the nutty chocolate, peanut butter and Nutella fondue we made.
As desserts go, this fondue recipe definitely delivers a lot of bang for the buck. It’s a quick and easy recipe — just a few simple ingredients — and quick to throw together. But it’s hard to beat in yumminess. (Does that even make any sense? I may still be in a chocolate-induced stupor.)
A few tips if you’re planning on cooking up your own fondue feast. Slow and low is the way to go.
Don’t be tempted to turn the burner up to high to make the chocolate chips melt faster. That’a definite fon-don’t. You’ll burn the chocolate and wind up with something that looks like fon-do0-doo.
Don’t ask me how I know.
And don’t try to take a shortcut and cook the chocolate in your fondue pot. The fondue pot should be used as a warming pot only.
Remember you don’t want to make fon-doo-doo.
Cook your chocolate fondue on the stove in a double boiler (or DIY one by fitting a metal or glass bowl over a saucepan filled with water.)
Once you taste the fondue, you won’t mind the extra dishes you’ll have to do.