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.
I’m sure you’re all aware of the dangers of a CVS run, right?
Last week, I stopped by CVS for a quick trip to get some cleaning supplies. I’ve just moved into my new office space, and it was pretty dang dirty, so I needed to rush out right away and get cleaning spray, wipes, paper towels, the works. I was only going to pop in for a second.
But you know, CVS has the best stuff. Makeup and hair stuff and gel pens, oh my. And have I mentioned the bags of candy? Yep, I walked out of there with snack-sized Reese’s, Mega M & Ms and yes, fun-sized Snickers. Rather than eat the entire contents of each bag immediately while I cleaned dried-up Jolly Ranchers off a desk in the office, I chose to save them and bake this candy bar brownie cake instead.
These apples are life-changing. How’s that for a promise?
Baked apples are a classic American dessert, but I’ve upped the ante by coring them, filling them with a simple streusel, and drizzling (pouring, maybe?) salted caramel on top. And we can totally call this a healthy dessert because, you know, apple. Right? Hey, it’s fruit!
This is a fireside kind of dessert, the kind that you share with family members on game night or some equally idyllic situation. These are impossible not to love, unless you have no soul. I’m feeling very objective today.
It’s getting hot out there! My skorts are getting a lot of play.
Yes, I said “skort.” Before you assume that I’m dressing like a 2 year-old, they do make cool skorts nowadays that look like miniskirts but that have shorts under. It’s more ladylike not to flash people.
When it’s hot outside, I like to sit on my front step drenched in sunscreen and mosquito repellent. I’ll bring out a book, a cup of ice water, and a frozen treat. This week, these peanut butter fudge pops are getting a lot of play. They require only two ingredients, so get cracking!