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Simple Chocolate Fondue Snack or Dessert Board

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This simple chocolate fondue snack or dessert board is sure to delight and impress your family and friends. Whether you are looking to spice up a Friday evening or need an idea for Valentines, this is perfect!

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Chocolate Fondue Board

This simple chocolate fondue board is so easy to put together it hardly needs a recipe, but it certainly deserves one. After all, the simplest creations are often the best.

This snack/dessert was inspired by my younger son who loves to melt chocolate for dessert when we don’t have anything else on hand. He simply pours chocolate chips into a little bowl, melts them in the microwave, and then starts dipping anything from fruit to graham crackers.

So a couple of weeks ago he got me thinking that we needed to do this on a bigger scale. Alas our chocolate fondue board was born. I know, it’s hardly an original creation, but yet it kind of is because what you choose to put around the chocolate and how you arrange it is up to you!

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

In addition to being simple and delicious, this snack or dessert can also pack in some good nutrition, especially if you include dark chocolate and fruit. You may have heard that dark chocolate is good for you. But do you know why?

For one, it contains important nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, and iron. Moreover, it also contains flavanol, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to improve circulation. Studies suggest it may improve heart health, brain functioning, and exercise performance.

Seeking out Flavanol

Flavanol content generally increases with cocoa content, so look for 70% or higher dark chocolate. Alternatively, look for a chocolate that has been created to contain a higher amount of flavanol, such as FlavaBar, one of my go-to snacks!

Cocoa powder is also a delicious source of flavanol and the other above mentioned nutrients. It can be used to make everything from the classic hot cocoa, to cocoa-coconut bliss balls, to a chocolate banana smoothie.

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Fairly Traded Chocolate

When possible, seek out chocolate that has been fairly traded. This means that the cocoa bean farmers have been paid fairly for the product, that the rights of women and children have been protected, and that there have been steps taken to minimize the impact on the environment.

Hälsa Kids

This chocolate fondue board works as both a snack or a dessert. If your kids prefer milk chocolate but you would love for them to enjoy dark chocolate too, here are some suggestions:

  • Mix milk and dark chocolate together.
  • Look for bittersweet chocolate chips, they can also be a great way to ease towards darker chocolates and are our go-to in recipes that call for chocolate chips.
  • Have a tasting board! Melt 2-3 different types of chocolate, such as milk, bittersweet, and dark. This is a fun way to get your family members trying darker chocolates. If your family already loves dark chocolate, you could compare different brands instead.

Assemble Your Chocolate Board

  1. Prep accompaniments. Choose an assortment of fruits, snacks, and desserts to go alongside your chocolate fondue bowl. (For the pictured board, I made brownie bites and a cardamom cake, but you could simply buy your sweets!)
  2. Arrange accompaniments on your board/tray/platter. Get creative!
  3. Melt chocolate. You can use a double boiler or the microwave. If using the microwave be sure to stop and stir every 20-30 seconds. Use a spatula to transfer the chocolate to your desired bowl or bowls.
  4. Enjoy!
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Simple Chocolate Fondue Snack or Dessert Board

This simple chocolate fondue snack or dessert board is sure to delight and impress your family and friends. Whether you are looking to spice up a Friday evening or need an idea for Valentines, this is perfect!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Dessert, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • Fruit (citrus, banana, berries, melon, etc.)
  • Sweet snacks (cookies, brownie bites, sliced cake, graham crackers, marshmallows, etc.)
  • Savory snacks (pretzels, popcorn, nuts, etc.)
  • Chocolate bar(s) or chocolate chips (look for fairly traded chocolate and choose dark chocolate for extra nutrition)

Instructions
 

  • Prep accompaniments. Choose an assortment of fruits, snacks, and desserts to go alongside your chocolate fondue bowl. (For the pictured board, I made brownie bites and a cardamom cake, but you could simply buy your sweets!)
  • Arrange accompaniments on your board/tray/platter. Get creative!
  • Melt chocolate. Break chocolate bar into smaller pieces. You can melt in a double boiler or the microwave. If using the microwave be sure to stop and stir every 20-30 seconds. Use a spatula to transfer the chocolate to your desired bowl or bowls.
  • Enjoy! Note, if chocolate hardens or you want to save some for later, simply reheat it in the microwave (assuming it's in a microwave safe bowl of course!)

Notes

How much chocolate should I use?
This is up to you! If you are not sure, try with a smaller amount and melt more as needed. On the flip side, if you melt too much, you can simply save the leftovers and reheat when desired!
Keyword chocolate, cocoa, Valentines Day
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