The Sweetest Things to Dip in Chocolate Fondue

Winter is the time when chocolate fondue shines, and we are here for it. New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day are the occasions when everyone says, “Oh yeah, I have a fondue pot! I should use it!” It’s romantic and celebratory, plus who wouldn’t want to …

Winter is the time when chocolate fondue shines, and we are here for it. New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day are the occasions when everyone says, “Oh yeah, I have a fondue pot! I should use it!” It’s romantic and celebratory, plus who wouldn't want to dip anything and everything in a chocolate waterfall? It also elicits good conversation, like “You have chocolate in your teeth” and “Can you pass me another marshmallow?” Really moving stuff. Ahead, find out how to make our easy chocolate fondue recipe so you can go from thinking “A fondue pot? I will never use this” to breaking it out mid-workday for a sugary pick-me-up.


How to Make Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate fondue can seem intimidating, messy, overly fancy, and not something for the average home cook. But that really couldn’t be further from the truth. For starters, our go-to chocolate fondue recipe calls for only two ingredients: chopped high-quality chocolate or chocolate chips and heavy cream (plus a little bit of salt). You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate, though ideally not all three together. Oh, and you don’t even need a fondue pot to make it! You absolutely can use one, especially because it lends itself to easy dipping, but a saucepan will work just as well.

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How to Make a Vegan “Charcuterie” Board

It’s party time, friends! We don’t know about you, but nothing says “party” to us more than an abundance of delicious, beautiful, and satisfying snacks — and nothing says “snacks” better than a charcuterie board!
When crafting this delectable display, …

How to Make a Vegan “Charcuterie” Board

It’s party time, friends! We don’t know about you, but nothing says “party” to us more than an abundance of delicious, beautiful, and satisfying snacks — and nothing says “snacks” better than a charcuterie board!

When crafting this delectable display, we made sure to hit all the marks (salty, sweet, savory, and spicy!) while keeping it super versatile and approachable.

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Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Delectable chocolate cookies are given a festive kick with the addition of espresso powder and peppermint candy canes. Peppermint Mocha Cookies are the perfect treat for any holiday cookie tray. I had a ton of cookie recipes on my Christmas must-make list, and truth be told, some were pretty fancy-schmancy. But I decided that the …

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Delectable chocolate cookies are given a festive kick with the addition of espresso powder and peppermint candy canes. Peppermint Mocha Cookies are the perfect treat for any holiday cookie tray.

Four peppermint mocha cookies stacked on a plate. Glasses of milk and more cookies are in the background

I had a ton of cookie recipes on my Christmas must-make list, and truth be told, some were pretty fancy-schmancy. But I decided that the list simply wasn’t going to happen. 

That’s sort of the theme of the last few years, right?

Instead of stressing out, I’m making a few Christmas cookies that are simple, but absolute crowd-pleasers. Cookies like these Peppermint Mocha Cookies, plus Peanut Butter Blossoms, Rum Balls, and Snowball Cookies – they’re simple, they’re delicious, and everyone loves them, making them total wins in my book.

I’m most definitely cutting myself a break this year, and if you’re in a similar situation, you should too.

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Matcha White Chocolate Crunch Bark

With mesmerizing swirls of matcha and creamy white chocolate on a base of dark chocolate and crispy puffed quinoa, this truly unique chocolate bark is a masterpiece of texture and flavor. Whether made as a homemade holiday gift or an indulgent treat for yourself, this matcha white chocolate crunch bark is both beautiful and delicious… […]

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With mesmerizing swirls of matcha and creamy white chocolate on a base of dark chocolate and crispy puffed quinoa, this truly unique chocolate bark is a masterpiece of texture and flavor.

Whether made as a homemade holiday gift or an indulgent treat for yourself, this matcha white chocolate crunch bark is both beautiful and delicious… and sure to be a new holiday staple!

Stack of cut pieces of Matcha White Chocolate Crunch Bark showing the layers, cup with matcha latte and bowl of matcha powder in the background

Chocolate bark is one of my favorite last-minute holiday recipes. I’ll often use up all the random bits of chocolate I have left from my holiday baking, swirling them into pretty (and pretty delicious) slabs of chocolatey delight.

Not to mention the endless possibilities of flavors and toppings… from peanut butter to creme de menthe, freeze-dried fruit to crunchy cookie bits. And now this one, featuring grassy matcha swirled with sultry white chocolate and a base of dark chocolate to offset the sweetness.

I actually first started testing this recipe last year, but I wasn’t completely happy with the appearance of it (turns out rainbow sprinkles aren’t always the best choice), and seeing as it was practically Christmas already, I ended up tabling the idea for this year instead.

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Orange Chocolate Espresso Martini

Orange Chocolate Espresso Martini

As a coffee-lover, it’s no surprise that I also love cocktails that incorporate coffee into them. Espresso martinis, as popular as they are at the moment, have been a favorite of mine for years. This Orange Chocolate Espresso Martini is a variation on the original that is a liquid …

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Orange Chocolate Espresso Martini

As a coffee-lover, it’s no surprise that I also love cocktails that incorporate coffee into them. Espresso martinis, as popular as they are at the moment, have been a favorite of mine for years. This Orange Chocolate Espresso Martini is a variation on the original that is a liquid version of the classic flavor combination of orange and chocolate. I particularly like to serve this drink around the holidays, but it’s enjoyable all year round.

The cocktail is made with chocolate liqueur, vodka, creme de cacao, espresso and triple sec. The espresso should be cold before going into the drink, so it doesn’t melt the ice when you’re mixing. Espresso will give you the best flavor, but cold brew coffee or other very strong coffee can be used in a pinch. There is plenty of chocolate flavor from the chocolate liqueur and creme de cacao, both of which add enough sweetness that you don’t need to add additional sugar to the drink. Triple sec, an orange liqueur, adds a nice orange flavor without overpowering the other ingredients.

The orange twist at the end of the recipe may just seem like a nice visual to add to the drink, but a twist is more than that. The twist is made of a 1/2-inch by 2 inch (approximately) strip of orange zest. The twist should be squeezed in half, expressing orange oil over the top of the drink before serving, before being dropped into the drink or laid over the rim of the glass. That orange oil coats the top of the drink and really gives the cocktail a bright, fresh orange aroma. In other words, you’ll smell orange, but still taste plenty of chocolate from the cocktail.

This recipe makes one cocktail, but you can easily scale it up to serve more. Don’t put more than two drinks at a time in your cocktail shaker, as it will be too full and too difficult to shake. If you are serving a crowd, however, you can prepare the martini glasses well in advance so you’re ready to fill them up when friends and family are ready to drink!

Orange Chocolate Espresso Martini
1 3/4 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
3/4 oz vodka
1/2 oz creme de cacao
1 oz espresso or strong coffee, cold
1/4 oz triple sec
Chocolate sauce, for garnish
Sugar, for garnish
Orange twist

Pour 2-3 tbsp of chocolate sauce onto a small plate, warming slightly if needed to make it a pourable consistency. Pour 2-3 tbsp of sugar onto a second small plate. Dip the rim of your martini glass into the chocolate sauce, then dip into the sugar. Set aside until ready to fill.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds, until cold. Strain into prepared martini glass.

Serves 1.

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Peppermint Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Have you ever had a whoopie pie? Whoopie pies have two soft rounds of chocolate cake filled with a combination of vanilla buttercream frosting and marshmallow fluff.  Whoppie pies can be classified as either a cookie, pie, or cake. Basically,…

Have you ever had a whoopie pie? Whoopie pies have two soft rounds of chocolate cake filled with a combination of vanilla buttercream frosting and marshmallow fluff.  Whoppie pies can be classified as either a cookie, pie, or cake. Basically, all of the best desserts in ONE! They are delicious no matter what dessert category they…

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S’mores Gift Cakes

This is a recipe I came up with for Valrhona chocolate a few weeks ago; they featured it in their newsletter. I was given permission to share it on my site as well, and I’m so glad because I had so much fun making these cakes, and they are quite …

smores cakes on sheet pan

This is a recipe I came up with for Valrhona chocolate a few weeks ago; they featured it in their newsletter. I was given permission to share it on my site as well, and I’m so glad because I had so much fun making these cakes, and they are quite delicious. I used the chocolate gift cake base from my cookbook Baking From the Holidays, swapped out the chocolate buttercream for marshmallow creme (toasted, of course) and then topped everything off with chocolate ganache and toasted graham cracker crumbs sprinkled on top. My family LOVED this cake, and we had to quickly give the extra away to our neighbors so we didn’t devour them all ourselves. Packing Cakes for Gifting: This recipe makes three 6 inch [15 cm] cakes; two for gifting and one for keeping yourself. When passing out these smaller cakes to friends and neighbors, I like to place them in a cake box (I use this gold one here). I find the box keeps them well protected. Because these cakes contain both marshmallow fluff and chocolate ganache, they are best eaten the same day they are assembled (the chocolate cake layers can be made ahead of time, […]

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How to Store Homemade Fudge All Holiday Season Long

We are firm believers that you don’t need an occasion to bake something sweet, whether it be a layer cake worthy of a birthday party or a batch of cookies. The same can be said for fudge. While this confection is often seen displayed in a long lineup of treats at a holiday party, it can and should be enjoyed year-round. But since it’s the holidays and you asked, we’re here to explain the best way to store fudge, homemade or store-bought, on the counter or in the freezer.

Storing Fudge Anytime, Anywhere

Here’s the thing about homemade fudge: It’s temperamental. Way more temperamental than most cookies, cakes, brownies and bars, and quick breads, in fact. You need a candy thermometer, good-quality dark chocolate, and a careful eye to make it. Fudge is for all intents and purposes, candy. It’s important to store fudge properly to ensure that its creamy texture stays smooth and that its color remains a rich, dark chocolate brown.

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We are firm believers that you don’t need an occasion to bake something sweet, whether it be a layer cake worthy of a birthday party or a batch of cookies. The same can be said for fudge. While this confection is often seen displayed in a long lineup of treats at a holiday party, it can and should be enjoyed year-round. But since it’s the holidays and you asked, we’re here to explain the best way to store fudge, homemade or store-bought, on the counter or in the freezer.

Storing Fudge Anytime, Anywhere

Here’s the thing about homemade fudge: It’s temperamental. Way more temperamental than most cookies, cakes, brownies and bars, and quick breads, in fact. You need a candy thermometer, good-quality dark chocolate, and a careful eye to make it. Fudge is for all intents and purposes, candy. It’s important to store fudge properly to ensure that its creamy texture stays smooth and that its color remains a rich, dark chocolate brown.

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Sugar dipped peanut butter cookies topped with Hershey’s Kisses.

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Peanut Butter Blossoms – sometimes known as Hershey Kiss Cookies or Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies – are the perfect classic holiday cookie to make with kids or bring to a cookie exchange.

Peanut butter blossoms arranged on a piece of parchment paper, with christmas lights twinkling in the background

Long-time readers know that I used to teach school full time – more specifically junior high. 

I found myself with an extra period each Friday and had to figure out something to do with the 50 minutes that would both keep the kids busy and force them to interact with each other in a positive manner.

I remember sitting at the computer when it hit me – I could have them cook and bake together.

I quickly pretty much relinquished all control over what we cooked and baked to my students. I allowed them to choose the recipes, create the shopping lists and make the dish from start to finish (minus any knife work).

Although I was a little bit nervous with the whole process, the students displayed an amazing amount of teamwork and enthusiasm – honestly, I couldn’t have been more proud of them.

During the holidays, we decided to make Peanut Butter Blossom cookies. I thought there was no more perfect time of year to introduce them to this classic chocolate-peanut butter cookie.

Even though I haven’t taught full-time in years, I’m still grateful for the opportunity to allow my students to channel their creativity and curiosity in a positive way. I hope they still remember making Peanut Butter Blossoms together and taking them home to share with their families.

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