Everybody knows that nothing says “I love you” like chocolate. But making a dreamy chocolate treat for your special someone is infinitely more romantic than buying a heart-shaped box. And what could be more dreamy than warm, silky chocolate fondue with a just a hint of chile to turn up the heat? Here’s wishing everyone a sweet Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate Fondue for Two with Strawberries
½ cup heavy cream
1/16 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped or scant 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries
Combine the cream and chipotle in a small saucepan and heat to a bare simmer. Place the chocolate into a medium bowl, add the hot cream mixture and vanilla, and whisk until smooth. Transfer to a fondue pot and serve with the strawberries immediately.
Serves one couple. This recipe is quick and easy and takes only a couple of minutes to make. Dark chocolate makes for the most intensely flavored fondue, but you can substitute milk or white chocolate if you prefer. Be sure to give the fondue a stir every time you dip into it to keep the chocolate from scorching. If you don’t have a fondue pot, you can serve the fondue in a large ramekin or a small bowl, and it will stay fluid for about an hour. You can also try it with banana slices, tangerine segments, dried apricots, cookies, cubes of pound cake, pretzels, you name it—everything tastes great coated in chocolate. Even lips or other exposed skin, if you know what I mean.