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Heat Up Valentine's Day With Chocolate Fondue

A surprising ingredient can really help spice up this fondue, and the holiday.

We all know chocolate fondue is decadent and romantic, making it one of the perfect Valentine's Day desserts, but you can amp up the flavor factor with a surprising ingredient. 

Watch this video and learn how Chef Cheryl Dent whips up a 10-minute chocolate fondue in the KD101 test kitchen that's sure to spice up your Valentine's Day.

Chocolate Fondue 

  • Serves: 2 - 4
  • Cooking time/prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 2 tsps red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 10 oz dark chocolate (64% cacao) chopped

Preparation

In a saucepan, combine half and half with pepper flakes and ginger. Slowly bring mixture to a low boil. In a large bowl, place chopped chocolate. Once liquid reaches a low boil, using a sieve, strain out the spices and pour over chopped chocolate. 

Let the hot half and half stand in the chocolate for 5 minutes before stirring. Stir until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. If fondue seems too thick, add a little more liquid. Transfer to a fondue pot and keep warm. Serve with your favorite fruit, pretzels, marshmallows or bacon.

TELL US: Which tasty treats do you always make for a special someone on Valentine's Day? 

This article is part of Mix It Up, an editorial series created in collaboration with AOL's Kitchen Daily and Huffington Post. It is dedicated to making the lives of mothers easier through articles, videos and slideshows focused on simple and creative solutions to everyday challenges. From healthy recipes to exciting ideas for a more balanced lifestyle, this section aims to become a resource for moms everywhere. 

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