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Fun with Fondue #31 - Celebrate Independence Day or Canada Day in Style
June 27, 2015

This month's newsletter comes to you from Lima, Peru, where I've had the opportunity to discover wonderful new fruits that taste fantastic with chocolate.

festive strawberries for Independence Day

In this newsletter, I'll share these, I'll give you a great fondue idea to celebrate Independence Day in style, and I'll discuss important news and updates regarding the website and my upcoming Volume 3 e-book.

Monthly Recipe Idea

Festive Dippers for Independence Day

If you're in North America, your national holiday is coming up. I've created a new recipe where I discuss tasty and festive red/white/blue strawberries for Independence Day. Obviously, the suggestions can be adjusted and will work great for Canada Day as well.

Find these decoration tips and recipe here:

Although it focuses on strawberries, you can decorate your cookies, wafers, or other fruit bites the same way and create very festive and delicious Independence Day (or Canada Day) treats for all your friends and family.

Fondue Tip of the Month

Experiment With These New Fruit Dippers

I've discovered lots of tasty new fruits while in Peru. Here are a few that would taste wonderful in fondue.

  • chirimoya
    Chirimoya is a fairly large green fruit with a creamy white inside that tastes like banana mixed with pear and pineapple. It's delicious. It has lots of seeds that must be discarded/spitted out. You don't eat the skin either. Slice the fruit into wedges, remove the seeds, and eat them as-is or dip small seedless pieces in milk chocolate fondue.

  • aguaymanto fruit
    Aguaymanto or Peruvian groundcherry is a small fruit that comes dressed in its pretty paperlike cape. Peel off the delicate cover, then eat the whole marble-sized fruit. It's similar in size to a cherry tomato and has small edible seeds in it. It has a mild tart flavor with a sweet undertone. I can eat a pound of these in one sitting if given the chance. Delicious as is, or you can add them to your dessert dishes or salads (as edible decorations) or use them in white or dark chocolate fondue. Lots of different varieties exist in the world, so you're very likely to find some in a grocery store near you.

  • tuna fruit
    Prickly pear fruit comes from a cactus and reminds me of watermelon in both texture and taste but with lots more flavor, perhaps with a hint of raspberry and kiwi thrown in, and smaller, edible seeds. The fruits I've encountered in the markets here had their spines removed, but it may not always be the case. Just be careful and only eat the bright-red part inside of the fruit. This fruit would be a little hard to poke on a stick and dip in chocolate, but there's nothing preventing you from pouring melted chocolate on top of it!

Status Updates on

Website Layout Testing

If you've visited the site recently, you may have noticed a new look. In an effort to improve user experience, the site will be testing out various layouts and ad placements. Expect the site to look different (and possibly worse) for a few months, until we find a healthy balance for everything. Please bear with me during this transition phase. If you encounter something that's wrong or really annoying to you, don't hesitate to let me know.

Volume 3 Will Soon Be Available

The next e-book will contain everything you need to host a delicious French Fondue bourguignonne (oil fondue) dinner for four people. The menu is awesome. I can't wait to share it with you.

I Need Your Help!

I'm looking for fondue fans to help me with some fondue-related tasks that may involve recipe testing, taking photos, sharing fondue content on social media, etc. If you're interested, please email me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Food For Thought

"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand."

- Mother Teresa

That's it for now. Want more fondue tips and ideas?

Visit the site and browse through my collection of fondue recipes or explore my fondue site in French.

You'll hear back from me in a few weeks.

Until then, be careful with open flames, and have fun with fondue!


Caroline Begin
Fondue Fan and Thriller Writer

Twisting Fate by Caro Begin

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