Caramel Cream Fondue
Active time: 25 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Makes: 2 1/2 cups
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir the sugar and the water together until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium-high and let the mixture cook undisturbed until it's amber colored, about 5 minutes. If the outer edges begin to brown first, lift the pan and gently swirl it around.
2. Slowly whisk in the cream. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, until it's slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
3. While the dip simmers, slice the fruit and arrange it on a platter.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate until it's melted. Carefully transfer the dip to a fondue pot set over a flame or to a small, heat-safe bowl (use caution; the liquid will be very hot). Let the dip cool at least 10 minutes before eating.
Kids can...Chop the chocolate Slice the fruit Stir in the chocolate
Test Kitchen Tips
If you don't have a fondue pot on hand...
A heavy, oven-safe bowl makes a good stand-in. To help it keep the dip warm, fill the bowl with boiling water (an adult's job) while the fondue is cooking, then pour out the water just before you add the dip.
Be sure to warm the cream
Using heated cream keeps the sauce from seizing (forming a large clump in the center). To warm the cream, microwave it on high for about 45 seconds.
More delicious dippers
Fruit and fondue are a scrumptious pairing, but other yummy (and more indulgent!) options include marshmallows, pretzels, angel food cake -- even potato chips.
Originally published in the October 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine