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Chocolate Fondue

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: about 10 minutes Serves: 6 servings About 2 to 3 cups assorted fruit or berries (such as apples, pears, bananas, pineapples, strawberries, and dried apricots), cut into bite-size pieces
Angel food cake or pound cake, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup half-and-half
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavor extract, such as almond or peppermint



Arrange dipping ingredients on a platter; older kids can cut up soft fruit, such as bananas and strawberries, and the cake with a plastic knife.
1. Arrange the fruit and cake on a platter with fondue forks or skewers.

2. In a fondue pot on the stove, heat the half-and-half over medium high heat and bring to a gentle boil. Add the chocolate pieces a bit at a time and stir until melted and smooth, then stir in the vanilla.

3. Transfer the pot to the table and keep warm over a very low Sterno or candle flame. PER SERVING (1/4 cup fondue only): 206 calories, 3 g protein, 13 f fat (1.5 g satyrated), 26 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 17 mg sodium, 9 mg cholesterol, 45 mg calcium.

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