My husband, Griff, always plans the best birthdays for me. One of my favorites was the year he introduced me to fondue at the Melting Pot. We had the whole works, and it was sooooo good! Needless to say, I was taken with fondue. It is the best social dinner or dessert that exists! Fondue is fun, delicious, and it is takes a while to eat. So lots of time to talk and laugh! I bought Griff a really nice fondue pot for the following Valentine’s Day, and promptly made the worst fondue the world has ever seen… twice in a row! I have experimented since then, and eventually found this truly TO-DIE-FOR dessert fondue. Ideas for dipping with this recipe: angel food cake, pound cake, strawberries, bananas, brownies, marshmallows. Oh, and I can’t forget my husband’s favorite… a slice a cheesecake with a spoon to drizzle the fondue over each bite. Enjoy!
Chocolate Coconut Almond Fondue
Submitted by Mindy ~ The Sisters Cafe
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 cup cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez
(this is in the mixers section, NOT the international/asian food section)
1/2 cup heavy cream
12 ounces high-quality milk chocolate, finely chopped
(I use Guittard milk chocolate chips)
1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes
1. Position a rack in the top third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Spread almonds on a baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, until the almonds are toasted, about 8 minutes. Cool completely. Chop the almonds finely and set aside. Now repeat with the coconut, but don’t chop.
2. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the cream of coconut and heavy cream to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat and add the chocolates. Let stand until the chocolates soften, about 3 minutes. Whisk until smooth.
3. Transfer to fondue pot or chafing dish and keep warm over the burner. (I have an electric fondue pot, and I keep it on 2). Serve immediately with the dipping ingredients and bowls of the almonds and coconut. Allow guests to sprinkle their dipped foods with the almonds and coconut before eating. As an alternative, add the coconut and almonds to the chocolate.
Recipe Source: Adapted from “Fondue” by Rick Rodgers