As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Slow Cooker Tuesday ~ Week 6: Chocolate Fondue

Want something a little fun and fancy (and easy!) for Valentine's Day? Chocolate fondue might be your answer! We tested this out for you on Saturday evening. Because we're noble like that. And we think you'll like this chocolaty treat as much as we did! 

I simply assembled three ingredients in my Little Dipper crockpot, plugged it in, and went my way. An hour later, Bekah opened the lid and reported that it didn't look right. Uh-oh. But when I stirred it, it began to look smoother, so I popped the lid back on and left it for another twenty minutes or so. 

Meanwhile, I prepared a platter of things that would be good slathered in chocolate. (Really now, is there anything that wouldn't be good slathered in chocolate?) I used strawberries, chunks of banana, and cubes of pound cake, but you could also use shortbread, orange slices, pitted cherries, pineapple chunks... 

I poured some of the fondue into a bowl, and the four of us stood around the island, fondue forks in hand, and dipped to our heart's content. (Or basically until the platter was empty. But our hearts were content.) 

Here's the easy-peasy recipe...

Recipe found ~here~

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  1. Place chocolate chips in the crockpot. Add whipping cream and vanilla.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 60 - 90 minutes. Stir until smooth. 
  3. Serve with fresh fruit or cubes of pound cake. 

You don't have fondue forks? No problem! You can use bamboo skewers, or even cocktail picks. (In the picture above, you can see that I had inserted some cocktail picks before I remembered my fondue forks.)

You don't have a Little Dipper crockpot? No problem! You can place an oven safe dish inside your larger crock pot.

You don't like chocolate? Can't help you there!  

By the way, if you have leftover fondue (which you will unless you're serving more than four), it is fine just drizzled over a slice your leftover pound cake and consumed along with a cup of tea while watching Downton Abbey the next evening. Just saying...

Do you have a go-to Valentine dessert? (Does it involve chocolate?)


  1. Yum.....this is a crockpot recipe I can get behind! So kind of you all to test it for us;) This is a great excuse for me to make a pound cake and gather up some fruit too. Hope you have a happy Valentine's Day!

  2. Oh this coming on the heels of chocolate gravy at Nana Diana's and I think that I am in trouble. I will pass this along to my daughter-in-law who did receive a small crockpot for Christmas I just happen to know. It looks and sounds amazing and I do think a very dignified dessert for Downton Abbey is to be desired.

  3. Yum! I usually use my little crockpot to melt chocolate for coating...and no fondue! Brilliant!!

  4. Oh dear! My sweet tooth alarm bells are ringing!!! Yummy :-)

  5. Oh, Yummy! I haven't had Chocolate Fondue since we visited some friends a while back. I love the stuff! As you say, anything dipped in chocolate is good!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  6. I have all those ingredients!

    Sounds like a fun thing for Valentine's!

    Thanks for the idea!


  7. Yum! I don't have a go-to Valentine's dessert, but we're planning to try Pioneer Woman's chocolate-covered cherry smoothies for Valentine's breakfast. :-)

  8. Perfect for valentine's day. When my parents were alive I had a heart shaped cake pan and I would make a dark chocolate applesauce cake, decorate it with a dusting of powdered sugar and take it over to their dining room to share with the residents. I guess we're watching our sweets these days because I have not made it since. But chocolate fondue, who can resist! Your "dippers" look so pretty!

  9. Sounds delicious. Those who don't like chocolate could substitute peanut butter chips or even butterscotch chips.

  10. Hi Cheryl, I like this recipe, it is easy and looks delicious, I have a little dipper crockpot and have never used it, I now have a recipe for it, and since it looks like we are going to be snowed in Valentine's evening, I might try this! Thanks for sharing.
    I think I must be the only one in Bloggersvile that has not seen Downton Abbey, I told Vee, I am waiting until I can get the whole series on DVD! This sounds like such a wonerful series, can't wait!
    Thank you for your condolences for our family!

    Happy Valentine's Day !

  11. LOVE this! It looks so very pretty and so fun too! You have the best ideas and presentation :)


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