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Kitchen Newbies

Fondess for Fondue Pots

Comments Off 08 February 2011

Chef Lea McIntosh has used a lot of fondue pots over the years and these are a few she’s currently fond of…

Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Fondue Set

“The Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Fondue Set is great for all Fondue, especially Chocolate and is the most versatile and reliable fondue pot. There’s a stainless steal bowl insert, so it makes it really easy to prepare the melting chocolate.”

Swissmar Sierra 11-Piece Meat Fondue Set, Red Enameled Pot

“The cast iron fondue pots are very heavy, burn very warm, and are better for broth or heating oil to cook meats for dipping. Be aware that they can easily get hot spots that burn or cause separation of delicate chocolate or cheese fondues. Out of the cast iron brands, I think SwissMar is great and very sturdy.”

Crate & Barrel Glass Fondue Set

“I think this fondue set from Crate-and-barrel is VERY cool and chic! Since it is all glass, you can see the fondue…but keep in mind that it will be more delicate than a stainless or cast iron option.”

Chantal Fun Fondue

“The Chantal Fondue pots are very popular for a small fondue presentation, but the candle element can scorch the chocolate or cheese if it isn’t stirred often. This is for immediate service and not for a fondue party where you’ll want your pot to stay in operation for a long period of time. They’d be perfect for a romantic dinner party for two!”

Try Chef Lea’s original WhatChaMaCallIt Chocolate Fondue recipe

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Sweet Bites

WhatChaMaCallIt® Chocolate Fondue

Comments Off 07 February 2011

“My mother had a sweet tooth and there are a few of those sweets I remember seeing her eat time and time again,” Chef Lea McIntosh reminisces. “One of those was a Whatchamacallit® candy bar by Hershey’s. I am not sure which she liked more, the candy or the name, but she is the inspiration for this fondue. Love you mom!”

Chocolate Fondue

Serves 8 to 10

2 cups milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup caramel sundae topping, prefer Mrs. Richardson’s Butterscotch Caramel Topping
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Recipe Original Rice Krispie Treats

1. Combine milk chocolate chips, peanut butter, caramel, butter, vanilla extract in mixing bowl; set aside.
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring heavy cream to a simmer and remove from heat. Immediately pour cream into the chocolate bowl and begin whisking ingredients until fully combined and smooth.
3. Transfer melted chocolate mixture into a fondue bowl insert and serve over low heat. During service, occasionally stir fondue to keep from burning or separating. Serve with mini homemade Rice Krispie Treats cut into squares or use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make mini hearts.

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