Valentine’s Day Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Fondue

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Does anything say “I love you” quite like a rich and creamy vegan chocolate fondue recipe?

What brings more eager eyes to the table than a pot of melted cheese or chocolate fondue? It’s the indoor version of fireside s’mores! Chocolate fondue is a fantastic way to introduce hands-on fun to Valentine’s Day dessert. Not only will you set the mood with a romantic gesture, but also get the love flowing with the consumption of chocolate, a known aphrodisiac. Chocolate fondue is even better for those without Valentine’s Day dates, because it is the ultimate communal experience. Grab a few friends and get dipping! This Valentine’s Day, plan to make your own chocolate fondue by following this simple recipe.

Fondue originated during the 18th century in Switzerland, when families without access to fresh foods in the winter would attempt to use aged cheeses and stale breads. As cheese became nearly inedible and breads became stale, Swiss villagers realized that is they mixed the cheese with other ingredients, such as wine, garlic and herbs, they were able to douse and effectively soften the stale bread by dipping into the pot of melted goodness. Soon, cheese fondue became a Swiss tradition come winter months. Fondue comes from the French word fondre, which translates to “to melt.” Fondue has been adopted by different cultures and diversified: The French created the meat fondue, and the chocolate version of fondue originates in mid-20th century America with no clear claim for its invention.

Today, fondue is a rare occasion and disappointingly so! Sure, it appears to be incredibly decadent and a hassle, but not when you make it vegan and in just a half hour. This recipe cuts corners and keeps things healthy and quick. It makes for the perfect date or party dish. Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Fondue

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips (vegan)
  • ¾ cup vegan milk (almond, soy, rice, coconut)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • Dash of sea salt
  • For dipping: Strawberries, bananas, kiwi, and/or bread

Directions

Place all ingredients (except for fruits and bread) in a slow cooker and mix until melted and creamy smooth. This will take about 25-30 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the fruit, bread or anything else you prefer for dipping. Serve in a fondue pot over low heat.

Photo Credit: Denis Dervisevic

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