National Chocolate Fondue Day

by Cate on February 5, 2009

National Fondue DayYou’ve just got to love an entire day dedicated to fondue.  I mean really, can it get much better?  A week with both Crepe Day and National Fondue Day?  I feel giddy just thinking about it.

Once I heard today was National Fondue Day, it was the perfect excuse to celebrate.  As if you need an excuse for fondue.  I’m trying to decide if I like sweet or savory better, but if pressed, I think it would be a savory, cheesy one.  Nice big pumpernickel dippers, some crisp vegetables, pure heaven on a spear if you ask me.

When it comes to dessert fondue, ever since I learned the simplest recipe ever from my friend, Julie, I’ve never strayed from it.  Open jar of Nutella, warm it up, devour.  No reason to do anything different.  Sometimes I put it in a fondue pot to warm it up, sometimes I just warm it up on the stovetop or microwave.  No matter.  Within minutes, you’ll be enjoying creamy, milky smooth, hazelnut-studded chocolate fondue.  Dippers for dessert can be rustled up from your kitchen easily… marshmallows, fresh fruit, pound cake … you name it.  The Melting Pot restaurant takes marshmallow dippers one step further.  They coat them in Oreo cookie crumbs.  Delish, and the first thing I go for when we visit.  On a recent visit, I asked how they get the cookie crumbs to stick on the marshmallows and the trick is water and a Ziploc bag.  Put the marshmallows in the bag and sprinkle r-e-a-l-l-y lightly with water (too much and they’ll be mush in no time) and then add the crumbs to the bag.  Shake a few times and you’re done.

It may be too late for you to celebrate National Fondue Night tonight, but don’t let that stop you … any time will do.  And if there are kids in the house, it’s an entertaining way to change up dinner once in awhile.  All of the sudden, eating vegetables is nearly fun.  I’m not sure who ate more tonight – the kids or the grownups.

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maris February 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I love that you outed the Melting Pot and their fondue secret! I’ll have to try that one sometime :)

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Brenda February 6, 2009 at 10:08 am

Yes, we may have missed yesterday but it is never too late for chocolate fondue! We had one with teenagers and adults on New Year’s eve and while not the typical romantic fondue you picture it was great fun. To read about it and our recipe, visit http://www.squidoo.com/best-ever-chocolate-fondue-recipe .

Brenda

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Sara February 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Love fondue. That Nutella version sounds so simple – my kind of dish.

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Fondue Lover February 7, 2009 at 1:06 am

Hadn’t heard about the national fondue day, but I never need an excuse to have it. Love the marshmellow and oreo crumbs trick, will give that a try for sure.

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Cynthia's Blog February 7, 2009 at 1:52 am

Nutella, simply brilliant. I think this is a fabulous idea for like a baby shower or something like that.

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Sarah Caron February 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Why didn’t you tell me that making fondue was that easy?!? We would have had it too! Oooh, and love the marshmallow idea.

Sarah Carons last blog post..Ultimate Cheddar Biscuits

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Claire February 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm

You know…besides those chocolate fountains at weddings, I’ve never had fondue. Looks like so much fuN!

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Scott at Realepicurean February 7, 2009 at 7:08 pm

I’ve never had a fondue. Sure I’m not missing out, but I’m here to be convinced.

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Chocolate Fondue Guy February 10, 2009 at 2:19 pm

With V-Day right around the corner (14th of Feb – for those of you not in the romantic vain) chocolate fondue is the perfect solution to what to get for the significant other. That was what brought me here, researching fondue. Now the oreos on marshmallows was a twist I had not seen before. Great Idea! Thanks!

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Crystal July 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I am a sucker for any kind of chocolate especially a fondue I do not why but it is just such a peaceful filing time… We have made it an anniversary ritural to go every year for our evening out dinner…

Gotta love those secret recipes.. I will try the marshmallow, oreo cookie

Thanks,!!!!!!!!!

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