Some good friends of ours recently returned from a trip to the U.S. with a Trader Joe's Pound Plus chocolate bar. It's so encouraging when you realize that your friends get what you're all about, and for us it's good food, good wine, and good people.
We'd invited them over to try this whiskey chocolate fondue recipe anyway, so I broke off a big chunk of the dark chocolate Pound Plus to use in the recipe. It's really good chocolate that melted beautifully. I had to add plenty of cream and whiskey to get it to the right consistency. It wasn't overly sweet, it was smooth and not chalky, and the chocolate flavor was very intense. It's my new favorite thing.
We tried this recipe as a complement to our whiskey cheese fondue. I wouldn't eat both in one night unless you are better at controlling portion sizes than we are, though. We will legit eat a cheese fondue with 16 ounces of cheese and a chocolate found with four ounces of chocolate in one sitting, and then spend the next day with a food hangover talking about how we might go running "later". Don't do that. Invite like 4-6 other people over and share the love, cheese, and chocolate.
We used an easy chocolate fondue recipe for this whiskey cheese fondue, basically substituting whiskey for the conventional brandy. Most recipes like this also call for addition of instant coffee powder to make it more flavorful. Great idea!
Check out our mocha fondue recipe.
We used Trader Joe's Pound Plus dark chocolate in this recipe. At Trader Joe's, that bar costs US$4.99, which is super cheap! If you don't have a Trader Joe's in your neighborhood, you can order it on Amazon, but it costs about US$12. Just FYI!
Here are some pro-tips for choosing a winning whiskey and chocolate combination. We went with the tried-and-true method of using the whiskey that Mr. Tabletop Cook got for his birthday.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler on medium-high heat. As the chocolate is melting, stir in the room-temperature cream. Add the instant coffee powder and the whiskey and stir until everything is very smooth.
Suggested chocolate fondue dippers
Please take a look at our chocolate fondue dippers page for more ideas!
Pour the hot fondue into a ceramic fondue pot with a tea light lit underneath to keep the chocolate warm. Situate it on the table so that all your guests have easy access. Plate the fruit, cookies, etc. so that everyone can reach a variety of dippers. Provide each person with a fondue fork and a plate.
This whiskey chocolate fondue did not pair very well with any wine we had on hand, but it would be a great with an espresso or some good black coffee!
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Some of my favorite online stores might have just what you need for your next tabletop meal!
Asian Food Grocer has a great selection of essential ingredients and many hard-to-find items.
Cilantro Cook Shop has a great selection of quality raclette and fondue sets.
For The Gourmet has an amazing selection of cheeses and chocolates.
Sephra specializes in chocolate, caramel and fruit fondues... and fountains.