Photo by Randi Baird
What’s better than a pot full of dark chocolate fondue? That’s easy—one that is flavored with real maple syrup and spiked with bourbon. It doesn’t take much of each to give the dippable chocolate that extra something—a warm depth of flavor to make it truly unforgettable. It is the perfect dessert to cozy up to when there is a chill in the air, and it pairs well with the fruits of that season. It’s also crazy-good with crunchy, salted pretzels.
2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 ounces dark chocolate (50% – 60% cacao solids), chopped or high-quality semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons bourbon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
An assortment of sliced apples, pears, bananas, dried figs, and pretzels
Whisk together the cocoa powder and half of the milk in a 3-to-4 quart pot to form a paste. Then, whisk in the remaining milk and the maple syrup. Place the pot over low heat and cook, whisking frequently, until simmering.
Stir in the chocolate and cook until it is just melted. Then, remove it from the heat, add the bourbon and the vanilla, and stir until smooth. Transfer the fondue to a serving bowl and serve with the accompaniments for dipping.
Makes 4 servings
Serving size: 3 tablespoons fondue
Per serving (FONDUE ONLY): Calories 230; Total Fat 9g; (Sat Fat 6g, Mono Fat 3g, Poly Fat 0g); Protein 4g; Carb 31g; Fiber 1g; Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 40mg, Sugar 26g (Added Sugar 17g)
Excellent source of: manganese, riboflavin
Good source of: calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus