If you don’t, then there’s a big hole in your life. You know, that void where you have never experienced the joy of dipping food into melty cheese or chocolate. Be sad if you haven’t been there.
But feel free to change your ways, and now! I’m attaching a warning to this recipe: you will eat it and not be able to stop. Be ready. Come with an empty stomach!
In my champagne brownies post last week, I mentioned that our New Year’s Eve is always a chill one. I’ve never been one to go out and party the night away. It’s so much cozier to stay at home, make good food, and cuddle with the man I love more than anything in the world, chocolate included.
We love to do fondue on New Year’s because it’s quick and irresistible. We start with cheese fondue and work our way over to chocolate. One of the most fun parts is creating a dipping plate for each course. Take a look at my newest video about how we do dipping plates, JAB-style. And be sure to check out the full recipe at the bottom after you watch!
But for now, let’s focus on the fondue itself. You know, the good stuff. The stuff I want to eat by the spoonful.
This fondue has a milk chocolate and peanut butter base. It’s important to add the peanut butter cups at the end as a garnish, or they’ll fully melt in. Some of you might prefer that, but I like to fish out little half-melted peanut butter cup pieces with my fondue fork. Or the champagne brownie pieces.
To be honest, the fondue itself is so rich that those of you with less of a sugar tolerance may prefer to stick to strawberries for dipping. But for the rest of us, these dipping plate components will make this a rich and unforgettable dessert experience. Here’s what’s on my dipping plate:
The aforementioned champagne brownies (pictured above and in last week’s post with video tutorial).
Chocolate chip cookie bars. I took 24 oz. of refrigerated cookie dough, pressed it into an 8-inch square pan, and baked until done. Then I cut up the bars in little pieces.
And these lovely blinged-out marshmallows. You make them by brushing marshmallows with water and rolling them in graham cracker or Oreo crumbs.
Maybe it’s me, but I find that fondue is incurably romantic. You share it with loved ones, and in my own case, I got engaged over fondue at a restaurant. So this is always the way I’ll want to spend celebratory date nights with Kenny.
Whether you’re experiencing fondue for the first time or you’re an old pro, up the ante this New Year’s with an unforgettable recipe. Creating a party at home is not a problem with this for dessert! Now that you’ve got the dippers ready to go, here’s the fondue recipe!
I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner.
This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker.
Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.
It all came down to the word “should.” While I crave sweet every morning, I told myself that I should be getting my nutrients. In an effort to keep the sugar down, I’d make eggs or oatmeal and hate every bite. Those foods work great for me later in the day, but I just couldn’t get down with it.
Then I discovered the protein-packed smoothie. It was like a dream come true. Not only could I have my sweet breakfast, but it would also keep me full all morning. Plus, controlling the sugar content was pretty much up to me. As soon as this revelation occurred, I began blending up my favorite flavor combinations. And really, what’s better than peanut butter, chocolate and banana in the morning?
As usual, I wasn’t sure what to call this exactly. But I went through a few different names before settling on this one.
Last year, I tried to make loaded caramel apples. I de-waxed the apples, coated them in caramel, and covered the caramel in honey roasted peanuts and mini M & Ms. And they looked great.
But an hour later, the weight of the toppings and pulled the caramel right off the apple. So I got really angry and gave up. Until now. Because if you don’t like the rules, then change them. If a caramel apple loaded with toppings is delicious, then just do the same thing, but deconstruct it. Easy peasy! No more #caramelapplefail in your life.
Everywhere I look these days, I see ads for Botox. Is it just me, or is everyone offering to inject your face? First it was dermatologists. Then my dentist joined the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if they start offering Botox along with your latte at Starbucks.
It’s just not fashionable to age gracefully. Okay, cool. Though I sometimes wonder if the Botox makes people look younger. They just look…smoother.
But knowing me, I’ll probably be running to the needle soon enough. I’m very into trends. Fads are awesome. They’re totally logical and everyone should do what their friends are doing.
In the meantime, my secrets to the fountain of youth are simple. Sleep. Eat veggies and fish. Drink water and green tea. Use moisturizer and sunscreen, even when it’s fifty below zero outside (vampire skin is sexy). And eat peanut butter every day, preferably along with your daily hefty dose of chocolate. See? Simple!