February 04, 2019
The word romance, according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real.
Romance should last a lifetime. -Billy Graham
A lot of you are huge chocolate lovers who salivate at just the slightest thought of biting into one little piece of any cocoa butter and sugar delicacy. My hubby is one of those people. I am not. I tend to lean more on the healthier food choices, so if I HAD to eat chocolate, it would be dark. After all, it has some health benefits. But I digress...so on to the heart of the matter.
With Valentine's Day being imminent, here's a question with a need-to-know answer:
Does eating chocolate lead to romance?
Some say, yes; others, no. If you're feeling amorously adventurous, I challenge you to put the question to the test with one of these nearly effortless fondue recipes. (Common dippers for the fondue recipes below are strawberries, sliced bananas/apples, pretzels, cookies and/or pound cake.)
1 cup heavy cream
½ stick unsalted butter
2 (12 oz.) packages premier white morsels
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine cream and butter. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Add white morsels. Stir until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Transfer to a fondue pot, chafing dish, or ceramic bowl.
1 (14 ounce) can coconut cream (not milk)
1 (20 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (dairy free & gluten free)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (gluten free)
1 pinch salt
In a medium saucepan or stove-top safe fondue pot, heat coconut cream over medium heat until hot. Add chocolate chips. Lower heat. Stir until chocolate is fully melted. Transfer to fondue pot, if needed, and serve warm. Add vanilla extract and salt. Stir frequently until chocolate is fully melted.
2 teaspoons cornstarch ¼ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa 1 pinch of salt
Mix cornstarch and water in a small saucepan. When smooth, add remaining ingredients and stir over moderately high heat until mixture boils 1 minute. Pour into fondue pot to keep warm.
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