Eileen mentioned her favorite dessert was anything chocolate, so I thought wedding, fondue, less time in the kitchen. This is another E recipe rated very high, and I found out why.
To make this I suggest the following ingredients:
1 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 15 oz. can sweetened cream of coconut (which can be found at any store with international specialties such as Valley Produce, Caputo’s or Woodman’s if you are in the Northwest suburbs of IL)
1/4 tsp. of coconut extract
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
In a pot combine the chocolate chips and cream of coconut. I have never even heard of cream of coconut, but found it near the other Goya juice products. It looked to be pureed coconut in a thick, clear, sweet liquid.
Stir the two together on low heat until the chocolate is fully melted. Make sure to keep stirring or the bottom will burn and ruin the taste of the fondue. When everything is liquefied, add in the whipping cream and coconut extract. Here you can either refrigerate the mix for up to eight hours, or serve immediately in a fondue pot.
I made both a cheese and chocolate fondue, using the actual fondue pot for the cheese. The coconut chocolate fondue stayed in the glass pan I cooked it in and was set atop a Smore’s maker set. The sterno was a little hot, and was lit and unlit intermittently to keep from burning the chocolate. I served my sweet, island-like fondue with vanilla wafers, strawberries, apples, pineapple, bananas and pears. To keep the bananas, apples, and pears from browning too quickly I recommend soaking them in lemon juice. You can mix and match the dipping additives. My favorite was definitely the wafers because they were a bland, crunchy cookie which allowed your tongue to taste each distinct factor of the fondue. The coconut was a nice pair with the pineapple and it wasn’t overpowering like you were eating banana boat sunscreen, and was similar to Starbuck’s Mocha coconut frappacino minus the coffee flavor (which would be a nice addition). The best part about having fondue at a party is it is easy to make, there is something for everyone in the dipping pieces and you aren’t standing in the kitchen cooking the whole party.