Easter Peep Fondue

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The best parts of a Peep are the little eyes and nose. No, for real. They're tiny dots of chocolate and everyone knows that chocolate and marshmallow is one of the more amazing comfort food combinations (right up there with peanut butter and jelly). The problem is that there's not enough chocolate on the bunny or chicks face to really satisfy. The good people at Just Born recognize the wonder of marshmallow Peeps + chocolate and came out with chocolate-covered Peeps a few years ago. They're more expensive than the original though, and the chocolate coating is sort of chemical-y tasting. So it's best to do-it-yourself. Homemade chocolate fondue is super-easy to make (tip: you can even make it in the microwave), and assorted Peeps and fruit and whatever else you like to dip look quite festive on a platter. Make it for Easter, or after Easter with all the leftover candy.

Paula Deen has a really easy fondue recipe that has just 3 ingredients, plus the dippers. You could, if you were the sort to have a fondue pot as an office supply, even make this treat at work. All you have to do is warm some whipping cream on the stove or in the microwave (just watch it carefully to make sure it doesn't boil) and stir in some chopped chocolate until it's smooth. Add some liqueur (or extract, if you prefer), then pour into the fondue pot and you're ready to dip.

1 cup whipping cream
8 ounces premium chocolate, chopped
2 teaspoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
Various sliced fruits and/or dessert treats, for dipping

Over low flame, heat cream until warm, but do not bring to a boil. Pour in chocolate while stirring continuously. Mixture will become smooth. Stir in liqueur and transfer to a fondue pot. Dip with various fruits or dessert treats.

Suggested fondue dippers:
  • Peeps
  • Berries
  • Easter bread
  • Bananas
  • Pretzels
  • Cubed cake or brownies
  • Grapes

There are rules to fondue-ing it right, so brush up while you're warming the cream.

What's your favorite dipper? Peeps, we hope! Tell us in the comments.

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