Going out for Valentine’s Day is always a special treat but there are some years you just want to stay in and have a romantic evening at home. And while you're celebrating at home, you don’t want to be spending all night in the kitchen either.
So instead of spending the evening cooking up a five course dinner, keep it simple instead! Serve a hot cheese fondue with yummy vegetables and bread to use as dippers. Then for dessert, indulge in a chocolate fountain (yes, we said chocolate fountain) and dip everything from fresh fruit to pretzels to cake pops under the flowing chocolate.
Cheese Fondue Recipe
For the ultimate cheddar-cheesy goodness, all you need is a bag or two of shredded cheddar cheese, a little beer and some Worcestershire sauce. Follow the heating directions according to your fondue pot, heat and melt all ingredients and you’ll have a bold tasting cheese mixture. Here are some ideas for what you can use as dippers:
- French bread
- Soft pretzel bits
- Pigs in a blanket
- Green apples
Chocolate Fountain Recipe
If you don’t already have a chocolate fountain, you can buy one at a local store, craft store or online. (Trust me, you won’t regret it!) It’s great for parties too so you won’t just use it one day a year. They’re also not too pricey so you can stay within your budget.
Most of these machines call for a certain amount of milk chocolate chips and some vegetable oil. Melt these two ingredients stovetop on low so you don’t burn the chocolate. Once completely melted, simply pour into the fountain’s generator and watch it flow. Make sure you follow the specific directions for your fountain.
Pro tip: it doesn’t have to be just milk chocolate. You could also use white chocolate or even butterscotch!
Make sure you're stocked up on the dippers listed below so you and your boo can feed them to each other. Now that’s romance!
- Pound cake
- Cake pops