What ever happened to Fondue Night? At one time, just about every household had a fondue pot with those colored-tipped skewers. Nothing was better than reaching for a warm piece of crusty bread or moist piece of chicken and dunking into a gooey pot of cheesy goodness. Or for dessert, there was juicy slices of pineapple and melons to swirl into melted chocolate. Perhaps we’ve become a society of burger and fries on the run, instead of sitting down with friends or family for a good meal and conversation. Working for a meal, has gone out of fashion, or we’ve lost our imagination when it comes to light dinners. What we need to do is bring back the creativity of fondue and great conversations. But rather than be predictable, we need to think outside of the fondue pot and ask ourselves what haven’t we dipped into chocolate that we probably should? Chocolate is an interesting dip because it can be mild in flavor and it intensifies the taste of whatever you’re dipping into it. Think salt and sweet, like French fries instead of cheese. The challenge is to try unique flavors with either white, milk or dark chocolate. You may find the new flavors may be exactly that signature dish you’ve been looking for! Dipping Tip: As you search for snacks to dip, keep in mind the chocolate is a liquid. Therefore, your snacks should be relatively dry so chocolate doesn’t slide right off. So here are our snack options. Feel free to try them or venture on your own.
- Doritos – The cheese and salt mix wonderfully with the sweetness of milk chocolate. Very surprising.
- Mozzarella Sticks – Cheese and dark chocolate have a very unique flavor, one that will have you reaching for seconds.
- French Fries – Not those skinny ones from the fast food place, but the steak fries, or thick crinkle cut. The milk chocolate increases the saltiness of the fry.
- Zucchini – Raw zucchini is often disguised in many other recipes, from apple pies to spaghetti, so why not dip in chocolate. The mild flavor of the zucchini allows you to enjoy all the sweetness of the chocolate.
- Chicken – If you love chicken mole, try a lightly seasoned chick breast dipped into dark chocolate. This is a meal in itself.
- Beef Jerky – Who knew! The sweet milk chocolate with the dried salted beef really provided a surprise in flavor – a smoky, sweet taste.
- Cheese Ravioli – Now this one is a meal! Instead of a tomato sauce, milk chocolate gives the smoky flavor of the ravioli a mild taste.
- Corn Muffins – This one is not as creative, but certainly worth the try. Like the chicken breast, the flavor is reminiscent to a mole.
Don’t look at chocolate as a dessert, but as a creative option to the fondue pot. If you and your guests are up for the taste challenge, you can come up with some new flavors. So the next time Lay’s Potato Chips has a flavor contest, you can be the winner with your new creation. Adapted from The Daily Meal by Sara Kay (August 18, 2014).