Mexican Chocolate Fondue {and Pottery Giveaway}

***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries – scroll down to the bottom to see who won!***

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Do you have any romantic plans? We love to stay home and treat ourselves to a fancy dinner (with the kids) in our home. Yes, how things have changed since parenthood, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My family loves dipping foods, whether it’s chocolate fondue or chips and salsa, because it’s just more fun that way. There’s nothing more fun (and romantic) than dipping luscious strawberries into thick, rich, hot chocolate — Two lusciously sexy flavors when combined.

This recipe makes enough to serve you and your special someone — making this the perfect romantic dessert for two. If you have kids like we do then you might need to double the recipe or make babysitting arrangements.

Ingredients

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 3.3 ounce tablet Mexican chocolate (recommend Ibarra or Abuelita), chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (optional for thicker chocolate)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur (recommend Kahlua or Frangelico) (optional)

Dippers

Strawberries
Apples
Mango
Pineapple
Papaya
Star fruit
Banana
Raspberries
Blackberries
Kiwi
Pan dulce
Marshmallows

Directions

Heat 1/2 cup cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until cream comes to a low boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add Mexican chocolate. Let chocolate sit in the hot cream 3 to 5 minutes to soften, and then whisk chocolate together with the cream. Stir in butter, cocoa powder (optional), vanilla, cinnamon, and liqueur (optional).

Transfer to a fondue pot; keep warm, stirring occasionally. If fondue becomes too thick, stir in more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, to desired consistency.

Arrange your favorite dippers around your chocolate fondue with fondue forks or bamboo skewers, for dipping.

We want to thank all of our wonderful Muy Bueno fans by giving away a lovely piece of pottery by Cherie Mahon, a box of Nestle Chocolate Abuelita, along with a recipe card for this Mexican Chocolate Fondue!

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment about your favorite (or not so favorite) Valentine’s Day food or memory below AND please help spread the word by posting on Facebook or Twitter by using the social networking buttons below. We would really appreciate that.

This giveaway ends Monday, February 14th at midnight MST. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen through Random.org. The winner will be notified via e-mail. Winners must respond within 24 hours.

You must have a valid U.S. address to enter.

Photography by Jeanine Thurston

Would you like to order some pretty pottery for yourself? Contact Cherie Mahon at cmahon@myawai.com and get yourself a custom ordered one-of-a-kind piece.

Buena suerte!

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Random.org has chosen our winner and she is… Amanda S. (my favorite food for valentine’s day is chocolate covered fruit, specially grapes and strawberries! i love your pictures)

Congrats!

Thank you all for your wonderful comments.  We enjoyed reading your entertaining memories — Some were so romantic and some were so funny!

We look forward to hosting more giveaways and hearing more from you all!