As promised, here are some tips for how to host a chocolate fondue party.
First, prepare a dinner for yourself prior to your fondue party so you don’t eat all the chocolate 😉 Slicing all those fruits can be a workout and it always makes me hungry!
Slice all the fruits and display them nicely on each plate. Fruits that go well with chocolate include: strawberries, bananas, kiwis, oranges, mandarines, pineapples, melons, pears, and apples. Dried fruits, marshmallows, and pretzels are also a great addition. After you’ve sliced and plated the fruit (give yourself a couple of hours), stick the plates in the fridge.
Once your guests have arrived, you can start to melt the chocolate fondue. There are so many good recipes out there to chose from; you can’t go wrong as long as you use a really good, dark chocolate. You can always make the fondue sweater (by adding more cream) depending on the preference of your guests. And I always add a pinch of salt.
Here is the dark chocolate recipe I use:
Ingredients: 1/2 cup heavy cream, 10 0z. bittersweet chocolate (broken into small pieces), 1/4 cup red wine, and a pinch of salt
In a heavy saucepan, heat the cream (on low heat) until it bubbles. Drop in the chocolate and reduce the heat to extremely low. Then stir in the wine until smooth. Mix in a pinch of salt.
Transfer the chocolate into a fondue pot (pictured above). I purchased my chocolate fondue pot from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. My only suggestion is to use a tea light (rather than sterno) to place underneath the pot to keep the chocolate warm. The sterno is too hot and burns the chocolate.
Each guest should have a skewer, a napkin, and a wine glass (of course). And there should be plenty of additional napkins on the table (not pictured).
Once your guests have consumed plenty of chocolate, present them with a game, such as pictionary (see previous post). Then your friends will never want to leave or they’ll be asking when you’ll invite them again for another, great party!