Chocolate Marshmallow Fondue

by Jenn on February 14, 2012

in Desserts,Gluten Free

Chocolate Fondue

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not really one for mushy gushy romance, and so like most other “greeting card holidays” (i.e. holidays I feel were made popular just to perpetuate the need to spend money on treats and cards), I simply use it as a good excuse to cook some tasty food (and for my husband’s gluten issues it is often much more convenient and enjoyable for us to cook than try to go out anyways).  In fact, my husband and I already “celebrated” Valentine’s Day this past weekend, cause work nights make it difficult to spend much time together relaxing.

We spent a lazy day together this weekend, with an indulgent dinner of buckwheat crêpes filled with braised duck, fennel, and chestnuts, and dessert of chocolate fondue and fresh fruit ( my favorite!).  After all, this may be our last quiet alone Valentine’s together, and while I am very much looking forward to our upcoming parenthood, I also wanted to cherish some quality together, just the two of us, for one more “holiday”.

Fondue may be a bit cliché for Valentine’s, but it’s easy. And fast. And rich. And decadent.  And naturally gluten free.  All things that let me spend more time with my husband enjoying the day together.

I was originally going to make a torte again like I had done in years past, but fondue just seemed so right. And we are en Suisse, the land of fondue, so porquoi pas? :)

This particular fondue utilized marshmallows, an ingredient I’ve never used in fondue before (other than for dipping). Once the chocolate and cream are heated together and melted, mini marshmallows melt in easily and give the chocolate a nice stable dipping consistency that is much more temperature tolerant than typical chocolate and cream combinations.  A tea light candle was more than enough to keep the chocolate warm – in fact too much – by the end we just blew out the candle and had no problem enjoying the fondue.  It also reheats particularly well, either in a microwave for short bits, back on the double boiler, or even by a lit candle underneath (though it does take more time this way and requires some frequent stirring).

Oh one more thing – if you don’t have a double boiler, make sure you are using a stainless or pyrex bowl over your pot of water. Don’t use a glass one, the large heat gradient will cause it to crack into a gazillion tiny pieces, as I found out this weekend!

Fruit for fondue

Also submitted to – Gluten Free Wednesdays

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa February 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

A great Valentine’s Day treat! That addition of marshmallows is interesting.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn February 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Thanks Rosa!

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Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} February 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Oh, you’re right. Fondue is so cliche, but SO perfect and appropriate for Valentine’s day. Good for you for savoring the holiday with just you and your hubby. Next Valentine’s day, you just might be too tired to do ANYTHING ;)

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Jenn February 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Thanks Sara – ha I have absolutely no idea what to expect, all I know is the coming year will be full of surprises!

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Priyanka February 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Thats perfect for the Valentine’s day.
Have a great day

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Jenn February 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thanks!

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Blog is the New Black February 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Ahhhh, GREAT idea!

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Jenn February 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thanks !!

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Ben February 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I’m not into Valentine’s day either, but I could very easily get into that fondue! Looks amazing :)

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Jenn February 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thanks Ben!

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Hilah February 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Mmm! Love marshmallows and chocolate together. Dip some graham crackers in it and have s’mores fondue! (But your fruit is healthier.)

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Jenn February 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Thanks! If I ever find a gluten free equivalent to graham crackers, s’mores fondue will totally be on the menu!

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Zoe February 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Lovely and elegant! The marshmallows in the fondue remind me of an instant chocolate pudding I made, from Nigella Lawson’s Quick Collection app that uses marshmallows. It’s on my blog and can be found in the recipe index. http://zscupoftea.com/2011/04/02/instant-chocolate-mousse-gfcf/

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Jenn February 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Thanks so much Zoe! That instant pudding sounds wonderful!!

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Steph@stephsbitebybite February 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Not only chocolate fondue…but marshmallow fondue! This is my kind of Valentine’s Day treat!

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Jenn February 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Thank you!

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Astrid February 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

love the idea of marshmallows in the melted choc. we’ll try soon!

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Jenn February 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thanks Astrid! def. try it :)

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Jas February 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

This looks lovely jenn I love chocolate and marshmallows they melt in duh a sweet sticky fashion! Your savory creeps sound delicious I haven’t made savory creeps for ages, so thankyou for the reminder. Hope the rest of your week is just as loved up as your early valentines day :)

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Jenn February 15, 2012 at 5:18 am

Thanks Jas, hope you had a great Valentine’s as well!

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Jane February 15, 2012 at 12:54 am

Oh no, did you really shatter a glass bowl? That fondue looks amazing, I was going to make fondue for Valentine’s Day, but never got around to it!

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Jenn February 15, 2012 at 5:19 am

Yep I did, that was fun ha. ok not really fun at all, lesson learned!

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InTolerantChef February 15, 2012 at 3:04 am

So yummy! Perfect mix of healthy and indulgence too, yumm!

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Jenn February 15, 2012 at 5:20 am

Thank you!!

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Zee February 15, 2012 at 8:21 am

This is so simple and a great Valentine treat

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Jenn February 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Thanks :)

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Simone February 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

Yes next year will be quite different I’m sure Jenn..:) but in the meantime this chocolate fondue looks delicious. ;)

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Jenn February 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Thanks Simone!

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Kulsum at JourneyKitchen February 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

oooh I make fondue like that too and absolutely love it. Now I have to make it !

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Jenn February 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Thanks so much Kulsum!

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Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) February 16, 2012 at 5:07 am

I love fondue, and that it is so easy to make it gluten free is an extra bonus. What an elegant, yet simple dessert that screams “I love you”!!!! Thanks for sharing Jenn!

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Jenn February 16, 2012 at 5:44 am

Thanks so much Ellen!

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Chrissy February 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

oooo la la! This fondue looks delicious! I love chocolate and marshmallow :) Reminds me of a good ole’ s’more!

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Jenn February 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Ha it does me too a bit – thanks!

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Priscilla - She's Cookin' February 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Oooh, those crepes sound fabulous, too! Chocolate is truly from heaven – naturally gluten free and sodium free (dark chocolate)! Glad you were able to have a quiet evening together :)

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Jenn February 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Thanks Priscilla!

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Hello, it’s my first time dropping by :) Great blog!
I have a ‘thing’ for fondues hehe as long as it has the word ‘fondue’ i’m sold! I particularly like chocolate fondues hehe I really should try this recipe sometime, because I bought a fondue set a while ago…but I still haven’t used it >_<

Thanks for sharing and well done for being Top 9!

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Jenn February 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy it :)

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Ana Helena Campbell February 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I love fondue. This year my older son asked me if I was making a fondue dinner for valentines(it is our tradition). I said “no”, I have to take you to baseball practice:). The marshmallow sounds delicious. Congratulations on the top 9.

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Jenn February 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

What a great tradition – we may have to start the same…

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Maureen February 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

There is nothing that cannot be improved by slathering chocolate all over it. :)

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Jenn February 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Thanks Maureen!

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