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S’mores Fondue

Do you have anything special planned for Valentine’s Day? Sometimes Husband and I go out to eat. Other years, we stay home and try to cook something extra special and silly dance in the kitchen while making it.

This year looks like a dine in year because I’m still not feeling well   (in fact, it’s past 2:00 pm and I am still in my jammies as I write this post. I’m going to take a nap after I’m finished.)  If we had kids, I’d suspect this Valentine’s Day would still be a stay in year because Valentine’s Day is on a school night.

While we cook at home almost all of the time, Husband and I don’t usually make desserts unless we have guests or it’s a special occasion.

Valentine’s Day is a special occasion. And who doesn't miss making summer s’mores? ME! ME! ME! I DO! My friends at Aldi put them together to make S’mores Fondue dessert for Valentine’s Day! S’mores Fondue

You will need:


15 oz. chopped Milk or Dark Choceur Chocolate Bars
1 cup Friendly Farms Half & Half
Pinch Salt (less than ½ fourth teaspoon)
2 cups Baker's Corner Miniature Marshmallows
14  Benton's Graham Crackers
Strawberries, banana slices, and assorted fruit 



 Make it

1. Heat the half and half in a small saucepan over medium heat, and bring just to a boil.

2.Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Then add the chocolate pieces and salt to the half and half. Whisk the mixture until the chocolate melts and it is smooth and creamy.

3.Transfer the mixture to a crockpot or fondue pot and keep it warm on low heat.

 4.Before serving, stir the miniature marshmallows into the chocolate mixture. As the mixture sits, the marshmallows will melt and the chocolate will thicken.

 5.Crush 2 graham crackers and sprinkle over the top of fondue mixture to garnish.

 6.Serve the fondue with graham crackers and your favorite fresh fruits for dipping.

Recipe courtesy of Chef Kates, ALDI Test Kitchen


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 Disclaimer: Aldi did not pay me or give me goodies to post this recipe. Although I'm buying tons of 100% juice by the case for cheap there while I'm sick. I posted this recipe because it looks good and I love the idea of s’mores in winter.   

Comments

oh it sounds great, will have to try this.
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