Having a few friends in for New Year’s Eve, perhaps an Open House with people coming and going and not everyone knowing one another? Here’s an easy, fun and tasty “ice breaker”‘ that will make YOUR New Year’s Eve party one to remember!
Chocolate Fondue….I know, everyone makes it now and again….but along with a supply of the usual fruit, marshmallows and cake – or instead of….think: ICE CREAM!
Use a small ice cream scoop to make balls of several flavors of ice cream – gelato – frozen yogurt – whatever you fancy; maybe some of all of them, in different colors and flavors! Refreeze the balls so they are really cold (just set them out on cookie sheets in the freezer. Put out a variety and replenish as needed. Your guests will have a ball (pun intended) dunking their ice cream into the chocolate and eating it off the fondue fork! Chopped nuts, sprinkles, cookie crumbles, or toasted coconut in bowls nearby will add to the fun.
- 8 oz. good quality dark or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (not chocolate chips as they may not melt completely)
- 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
- 1/3 c whole milk
In a medium saucepan, using low heat, melt chocolate, stirring continually until melted. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Add sweetened condensed milk and whole milk and stir until blended and heated through.
Serve fondue with dippers (fondue forks are best and safest), swirling pieces as you dip.
If fondue thickens, stir in additional milk, 1 Tbsp. at a time until it reaches the proper dipping stage.
Optional Flavors for Chocolate Fondue:
- Amaretto, orange or hazelnut: Stir in 3 Tbsp. Amaretto, Orange or Hazelnut liqueur after heating.
- Peanut: Stir 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter with the milks. Be sure they all blend completely.
- Mocha: Substitute 1/3 cup coffee (regular or decaf) for the whole milk