I love a good fondue… not only is it delicious, it’s pretty easy to put together and always impresses a crowd! This holiday season, I decided to put a bit of a holiday twist on chocolate fondue by adding a secret ingredient I spotted at Main & Vine.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 10-oz bag chocolate chips (I chose milk chocolate, but dark or white chocolate could also work)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup peppermint schnapps
- Crushed peppermint candy (optional)
- Items for dipping – fresh berries, pound cake, marshmallows, etc.
Now, I am using a fondue pot (like these – Amazon link), but you certainly don’t have to run out and buy one if you don’t own one. You could melt the chocolate on a double boiler over your stove or possibly, make this in the microwave if you are careful to stop and stir frequently.
To make the fondue, I melted the chocolate and cream in small batches in my fondue pot, on a low setting, stirring constantly. Feel free to tweak my ratios slightly until you get the consistency you’re looking for.
The kind gentleman working in the beer & wine section at Main & Vine was able to help point me to this Peppermint Schnapps! It’s called Rumple Minze and is so good. Besides today’s recipe, you could try using a splash in your hot cocoa this holiday season. I bet it would also be delicious in a variety of other holiday treats and beverages.
Once my fondue chocolate was melted, I added about 1/4 of a cup. You could adjust this to suit your tastes. Just before serving, add a bit of crushed peppermint candy to the top if you’d like.
While your chocolate is simmering, prep your items for the fondue. At Main & Vine, I found a pound cake in the bakery, some delicious strawberries in the produce department, and some gourmet marshmallows down the baking aisle. You could also poke around the bulk foods department for some nuts or pretzels.
All of these were so delicious!
Now, I’d like to share a final secret with you: what to do with that leftover fondue! First, refrigerate it, and it will harden up a bit. When completely chilled (give it a few hours – or even better, overnight!), use a melon scoop to make chocolate balls. Then, wrap in more crushed peppermint.
Voila! Peppermint truffles!
For more recipe ideas (including a couple more fondue ideas!), please see my Recipe page. And, for more about the kind of awesome items you can find at Main & Vine (including tons of locally produced foods and goods), please see their website.
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