Co-founder Claire here with a suggestion for you for a super simple showstopper summer dessert. This is always a big hit in our family and has the wow factor as a special treat for this year's staycation summer. It is also very easy to prepare, so is brilliant if you are self catering.  Why not enjoy eating it outside as part of your summer of adventures both edible or otherwise!


We have listed some suggestions for treats to dip, but feel free to choose your own combinations. By the way, fresh cherries on stalks are delicious as they are, but are also fun to freeze first (easiest in ice cube trays) and put out on your serving platter a few minutes before you serve the fondue - if you like the sensation of the contrast of hot chocolate and then cold cherry as you eat them, you will enjoy that one!
Pretzels are also great to serve as a dipping treat for that combination of a salty, almost savoury crunch with chocolate.

This fondue is made with just chocolate and water, so isn’t as rich as other recipes made with cream. This recipe is also family-friendly as we have included a little milk chocolate for a touch of sweetness – we find that children will happily tuck into a fondue of mostly dark chocolate if they are dunking sweet goodies like fresh fruits, marshmallows or biscuits into it!


Fondue sauce (will serve 6-8 depending on appetites):

150g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
50g milk chocolate (ideally min 35% cocoa solids)
100 -120ml just-boiled water


Dipping Treats:

Seasonal fruits: strawberries, bananas, cherries (on their stalks for easy dunking), clementines, grapes, pears etc
Other treats: marshmallows, cantuccini biscuits, shortbread fingers, mini meringues, pretzels

 

Chop the chocolate into small chunks & place in a glass bowl sitting over a pan of barely simmering water & melt gently. The water in the pan should not touch the bottom of the bowl.
Once the chocolate is melted, gradually add up to 100ml of the just-boiled water (do not add water whilst it is still boiling as it may scorch the chocolate), stirring after each addition to form a smooth mixture.
If the sauce is too thick for your liking, add a little more water, if it’s too thin, add more chopped chocolate. By the way, when you first add the water, it will turn lumpy & horrible but don’t worry! Keep adding the water & it will turn into a smooth shiny sauce.

You can make this fondue sauce ahead of time and gently re-warm it in a bowl sitting over a pan of barely simmering water before serving.

 

To serve:

Place the fruits and other dipping treats around the edge of a large platter & ensure you have enough forks for everyone. Pour the warm sauce into a fondue dish, or if you don’t have one, just before serving, warm a serving bowl in hot water, dry it & then pour the warm sauce into it and let the devouring commence....trust me, it won't last long!