Sweet and savory fondue recipes for Valentine's Day

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Stir a little sizzle into your Valentines experience by whipping up sweet as well as savory fondue. It is sensual to eat with your hands - little bites, small sips, romantic music & dim lighting. Fondue is wonderful paired with most wines and beer.  
 
Chef Kelli Lewton from 2 Unique Caterers and Event Planners joined us in the FOX 2 Cooking School to share some fondue recipes with us, which you can find below. 
 
For more information on 2 Unique Caterers, visit www.twounique.com. 
 
SEXY SPICED CHOCOLATE FONDUE
  • ½ Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 Pound of good quality Belgian dark chocolate chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of instant coffee granules 
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
Directions:
In a double boiler, stir the melted chocolate, coffee granules and heavy cream until smooth.
Next, add in the cayenne pepper and ground cinnamon
Place in a fondue pot and it is ready to serve
 
Toppings:
  • Salted Caramel Rice Krispy Treats
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Marshmallows 
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Pound Cake
  • Banana's (toss in lime juice to prevent browning)
  • Pineapple 
  • Dried Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Cream Puffs
  • Cookies
  • Granola Bars
MELTING HEARTS BRIE 
Directions: 
Ok forget even making fondue, pop brie cheese in a baking dish, and place in the oven for 10 minutes until melted then; dip, drizzle & dunk to your heart's desire!  
 
Dippers
  • Slices of cooked mild sausage
  • Cooked seafood
  • Chicken or beef satays
  • Assorted vegetables 
  • Potatoes
  • Pretzel
  • Crackers 
LE GRUYÈRE FONDUE WITH A TWIST 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds Le Gruyère, shredded 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 
  • 2 Tablespoons Prepared Dijon mustard 
  • Pinch of cayenne 
  • 1 2/3 cups dry white wine 
Method
Toss Le Gruyère and cornstarch together and set aside. Bring wine to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in cheese and cornstarch mixture. Lower heat to medium-low and cook, stirring constantly in a figure-8 or zigzag motion, until cheese is melted and the mixture thickens slightly, it should take about 5 to 10 minutes
 
Place a fondue pot in the middle of the table. Pour cheese mixture into the pot and place over a gentle heat source. Arrange bread, potatoes and apples on a platter and serve with the fondue for dipping. 
 
Creative Uses For Candy (Conversation) Hearts
Here are some creative, fun, and easy ways to use a classic Valentine's Day candy. 
Brownies with a special message:  Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut into a brownie and dip half into melted dark chocolate.  Then, neatly place candied hearts.
Chocolate covered pretzel rods
Chocolate covered strawberry conversations sticks (make a dozen for a bouquet)
Heart shaped sugar cookies
Heart shaped rice Krispy treats: Drizzle chocolate on top and decorate with candy hearts
Crush heart candy in food processor and mix with coarse sugar and use as a rim on a martini glass.
Store bought mini cupcakes: garnish each iced cupcake with a special conversation heart
 
Heart Bark cups: Using a silicone mold, crush some candied hearts and place in bottom of Silone mold.  Next, melt white or dark chocolate and let the chocolate cool slightly.  Pour cooled chocolate into the mold and place a candy stick in the middle.  Place mold in the fridge for a few minutes or until completely cooled, then unmold.

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