National Chocolate Fondue Day is a day that, for many people, combines two of their very favorite things. What does the word ‘fondue’ conjure up when most people hear it? Many people think of melty, creamy, hot cheese that is dipped into a variety of bread and meat. Specifically, this would probably be a meal of Swiss origins.
But wait a minute, what does that have to do with Chocolate Fondue Day? Well, get those dipping tools ready because it is time to melt down some great chocolate and get to work. It’s really not that difficult and it is completely delicious!
History of National Chocolate Fondue Day
National Chocolate Fondue Day is a full day of devotion! 24 hours of a guilty pleasure for all the chocoholics out there. There is no guilt to be had for those who are merely celebrating a holiday (as if true chocolate lovers even actually need an excuse!)! But this is what people tell themselves during the winter holidays, so why not now? It makes complete and perfect sense!
When it comes to the history of chocolate fondue, it might be helpful to first look at the start of cheese fondue as it was developed back in Switzerland in the late 1600s. Fondue is defined as a dish in which small pieces of food are dipped into a hot sauce or a hot cooking medium such as oil or broth. Even the definition makes the hearts of many people skip a beat. It doesn’t have to be just cheese as one normally thinks, though. It can be other things too.
In fact, a prize should probably go to whoever was the first person to pop a chocolate bar into their fondue pot. The invention of Chocolate Fondue can be credited to a Swiss restaurant owner in 1960s New York City. And that person was Konrad Egli, who was motivated to add a dessert version of the dish to his restaurant menu at Chalet Suisse in New York.
Egli’s inaugural version of the dessert included creamy chocolate (of the Swiss Toblerone variety) as well as a German version of cherry brandy (kirsch). While many Swiss people thought Egli was crazy to try to create a dessert version of their favorite cheesy dish, he didn’t care. And the result was something amazing that has lived on for more than 50 years now.
Today, there are now nice restaurants throughout the world that are making a name for themselves with fondue. For those who have one in their own cities or towns, it is highly recommended to make time to stop in on this day to honor National Chocolate Fondue Day.
If there isn’t a fondue type eatery nearby, head over to a favorite online search engine and pick a few recipes. Grab some supplies from the grocery store and get ready to turn that dining room into fondue heaven. Just invite some friends, pick up those skewers and have a load of fun!
How to Celebrate National Chocolate Fondue Day
Many fun and simple ways can be found to enjoy this delicious day. Whether a dedicated chocoholic or simply a person who delights in celebrating, here are some ideas to get things started for National Chocolate Fondue Day:
Enjoy Chocolate Fondue at a Restaurant
The only real way to celebrate National Chocolate Fondue Day is to indulge by dipping all sorts of things into pots filled with melted chocolate. As mentioned before this can be done at any of the fine restaurants in your area that take their fondue seriously.
Some restaurants are dedicated completely to fondue, while other dessert cafes and chocolate shops may have special deals they offer, such as Fondue for Two or Fondue for Four. Usually, these will be served with a pot of chocolate in the middle of the table, kept warm over a small burner, and a display of a variety of items for dipping that can be shared among the table.
Make Chocolate Fondue At Home
For those who feel adventurous, or just want to stay comfortable, chocolate fondue can certainly be attempted at home. Those who are going to try their hand at the fondue fun will need to make a list of things that they will need to get.
Of course, it’s easiest if a fondue pot is available. There was a time when most couples would get at least one of these in their stack of wedding presents. And now it is a good thing that the fondue pot is making a comeback!
Once the pot is secured, it is fun to decide exactly what the sauce will be like. Of course, today that is fairly easy since it is National Chocolate Fondue Day so, of course, it will be necessary to start with some good quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate as well as some heavy cream. For a traditional flare, try adding some kirsch or another brandy for flavor. Or keep it simple and forego the alcohol.
Now, when it comes to deciding on what to dip into the chocolate, it’s best to simply let the imagination run wild! Some great ideas are to get fruit, bread, salty snacks (like pretzels), or even something sweeter like marshmallows to plunge into that sinful sauce!
Arrange them on a wooden cutting board for a delightful little display. Grab a bunch of friends, family or coworkers and get to celebrating National Chocolate Fondue Day!
Host a Chocolate Fondue Party at Work
For those whose workplaces could use a bit of relaxation and fun, consider setting up a chocolate fondue station in the office breakroom. Assign various people different items to bring, including bite-sized pieces of bananas, strawberries, pound cake, graham crackers, angel food cake, rice crispy treats, and so much more. And don’t forget the toothpicks to keep things sanitary!
Once the chocolate is warm, it’s time for everyone in the office to take a little chocolate fondue break and enjoy dipping. This should help as an afternoon pick me up to keep everyone happy on an otherwise boring day filled with work!