February 5, 2013

National Chocolate Fondue Day

"Swimming pools in Britain have very strict rules - no bombing, no petting, no ducking and no fondue parties." - Little Britain

It's National Chocolate Fondue Day!

I'm that embarrassing person at weddings that spends too much time near the chocolate fondue waterfall dredging everything I can find through it and then denying the fact that I was eating any despite the chocolate stuck in the corners of my mouth or splattered on my dress. I just can’t help myself. My inner child sees that glistening, cascading pot of melted chocolate and instinctively I want to stick strawberries, cake chunks, egg rolls, whatever’s immediately available, in it. And today, I don’t have to be ashamed of this... because it’s National Chocolate Fondue Day and anything goes!

Fondue comes from the French word “fondre”, or “to melt.” The original dish comes from Switzerland circa the 1800’s where they would melt hardened cheese so it was still edible. Dessert fondues like we’re celebrating today didn't become popular until the 1960’s however. Supposedly, the Chalet Suisse in New York came up with it in 1966. The Swiss National Tourist Office was located nearby and they wanted to promote a new product called Toblerone to the Amur-KAH’ns. So they worked with the Chalet Suisse and decided to present it to the masses melted. Little did they know how successful or poplar this way to serve chocolate would become (the Aztecs, on the other hand, did)!

I don’t have a fondue pot, but I do have a crock-pot. So today, I’m tossing in a bag of vegan chocolate chips, some soy creamer, and a splash of spiced rum into it and dredging everything that’s not nailed down through it. Because I can’t help myself. I need to know: does the banana in fondue taste just as good as the taquito?

Well... does it?

(Side note: don't let your fondue sit too long in your crock pot, because it'll end up overcooking leaving you very, very sad. Trust me.)

National Chocolate Fondue Day!