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Fun with Fondue #44 - Fix seized chocolate - Fondue for Valentine's Day
January 30, 2017

Whether you're in a relationship or not, Valentine's Day is always a good reason to eat chocolate.

This month I'll share a very simple recipe as well as an important tip to avoid seized chocolate (and how to fix it, should it happen).

Monthly Recipe Idea

Chocolate Fondue for Valentine's Day

Here's an easy chocolate fondue recipe you can make at home:

Use it as a guide, and feel free to improvise:

  • You can use dark or semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate.
  • Instead of 35% cream, you can use anything from milk to whipping cream. Always make sure to warm it up or else your chocolate will seize.
  • Grand Marnier 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, using a metal spoon that isn't wet.

You can use almost anything for dippers.

Here are a few ideas: fresh strawberries, apple slices, biscotti, marshmallows, pineapple chunks, donut holes, wafers, waffles, pretzels and whatever else you like to dip in chocolate!

Monthly Fondue Tip

Ever had chocolate seize on you? When chocolate starts getting thicker as you stir it, and then it starts to turn grainier and darker, it can get scary...

And I used to think it was unsalvageable. But fear not!

I'll tell you why it can happen (so you can hopefully avoid it) and I'll also tell you how to fix the grainy texture and return it to its previous flowing state.

Why Chocolate Seizes

  • Water (or moisture) got in it after it started to melt. If you've melted chocolate on its own and stirred it using a wooden spoon with some left-over moisture in it, or if condensation dripped into your melted chocolate, it can cause it to seize. Best to use a metal spoon (and not rinse it between uses).
  • A cooler liquid was added to it. If you add your cream/milk/etc. after melting your chocolate, make sure that it is at the same temperature as your chocolate.

How to Fix It

First of all, the solution I'll suggest below will never make your chocolate as shiny as it could have been if it hadn't seized in the first place, but at least it will be back to liquid, flowing form, which is what we want for chocolate fondue.

You'll need to warm up about a tablespoon of hot water and mix it in with the melted chocolate. (I know, I just explained that water could have caused it, but try it out.) If a tablespoon doesn't do the trick, mix in another tablespoon, but make sure it's hot. Soon enough, you'll be back to where you were before: smooth, silky molten chocolate!

Special Offer for Chocolate Lovers

If you're a fan of chocolate fondue, you're probably familiar with Sephra, one of the best online Belgian chocolate fondue suppliers. They're currently running a Valentine's Day promotion, so if you love Belgian chocolate, here's an offer you may be interested in:

10% off all 4 lb boxes of chocolate. Use Coupon Code:SWEET17.
Offer Expires Feb. 14, 2017.

Food For Thought

"I love you like a fat kid loves cake!"

- Scott Adams

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 (en fran├žais)

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