Back to Back Issues Page
Fun with Fondue #11 -- Enjoy a Romantic Valentine's Day
February 10, 2013

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Do you have something planned for you and your sweetie? If not, here are a few ideas to get your romantic juices going.

Monthly Fondue Tip — Know Your Guests!

While cheese and chocolate fondue are delicious, most recipes contain dairy products. If you're planning a romantic evening with your special someone, make sure he/she isn't lactose intolerant!

Depending on the recipe, you may be able to use alternatives like soy cheeses, plain soy milk, almond milk or even coconut milk. For dessert recipes, vanilla-flavored milk could also work. I can't guarantee that it won't affect the taste or texture of your fondue, so please test it first!

Some of the recipes featured on also contain nuts (peanuts and other varieties), wheat (bread, beer…) and other allergens. If you're hosting a fondue dinner for friends and family, be courteous and make sure your menu will please all guests and/or have alternatives available.

Monthly Recipe Recommendation

Chocolate is almost a mandatory component of Valentine's Day, so here's an easy chocolate fondue recipe you can make at home:

  • You can use dark or semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate.
  • Instead of light cream, you can use anything from milk to whipping cream. Start with a very small quantity and add just enough to make it easier to dip your pieces of fresh fruit into the melted chocolate.
  • Orange liqueur is optional. You can use Amaretto, other liqueur or no liqueur at all!

Don't rush the melting process! If you're tempted to do it in the microwave, make sure to melt your chocolate at the lowest power setting, and do it in one-minute increments, stirring well each time.

Create a romantic setting with candles, flowers and feed each other fresh strawberries, apple slices, biscotti, marshmallows, pineapple chunks, donut holes, wafers, waffles, pretzels and whatever else you like to dip in chocolate!

Need more ideas for Valentine's Day? Have a look at these romantic ideas.

Food For Thought

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

- Charles M. Schulz

That's it for now. Feel free to visit our site and browse through our collection of fondue recipes.

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

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


Caroline Begin

Back to Back Issues Page