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Valentine Fondue Chocolate CBIAS

Love hurts.  I’ve been in active labour twice on St.Valentine’s day, and given birth once on that date.

The arrival of my baby boys was of course amazing, but their birth dates – whilst very sweet – mean that any attempt at a Valentine gesture by either me or the mister is totally eclipsed by excited birthday celebrations.

I remember when we bought our first house.  On February 14th, I was at home, sprinkling pink confetti hearts over the table and crafting a little menu for our dinner [I was 25].  That evening, as Nina Simone was playing, we danced around the huskies in the living room.  It was all about us.

Valentine Fondue Chocolate CBIAS

2016 is our 15th year together, 8th year of marriage, and 6th year of parenting.  That translates to six years without anything more romantic than a trip to the Odeon to see Frankenweenie [which I loved, don’t get me wrong].

Fairy Godmother nowhere in sight, this Valentine’s Day I’m taking matters into my own hands.  In a very un-me-like move, I’ve been organised.  I bought Valentine presents for the mister that I know he will LOVE – and I’m going to cook.  Yes, cook.  Well, sort of.  I’m fondue-ing.  I’m sure that’s a verb.

I decided on fondue because way back when we were planning our wedding in Disney World, we spent a fantastic date night out with my bridesmaid and her husband at an amazing restaurant in Kissimmee called the Melting Pot.  We ate fondue until we could not move – both cheese and chocolate, it was bliss.  We swore to do it again when we came home –  except we didn’t.  And we still haven’t.  So this year, I will reclaim some element of Valentine-liness in our lives – and it starts with fondue!

After a bit of tippy tapping around on Google images, I discovered a fondue set that would do absolutely everything, and then I found it on my favourite shopping site, Amazon.

Valentine Chocolate date night

Valentine Chocolate date night von shef

The basic ingredients for fondue are below:

250g chocolate 
250ml double cream

Garlic clove
250ml dry white wine 
250g Gruyère, Emmentaler, French Raclette
2 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Optional: Freshly grated nutmeg & ground white pepper

We’re having chocolate fondue, and so I made a little menu of our dipping accompaniments:

date night fondue romantic

date night fondue romantic chocolate

I’m so excited – a date night, even if it is at home!  Do you plan date nights at home? What are your favourite ideas?

Here’s a Pin for later:

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    Emma White
    January 29, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    oh my I am so jealous right now that just looks absolutely amazing hunny

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    January 29, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    never thought about making fondue for valentine's thanks for the tip x

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    Leanne Dolan
    January 30, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    We've always said we should have a fondue night! We have a litter kit in the cupboard that is still sealed up! I'll have to get it out!

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    Samantha Jeffery
    January 30, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    There's a big part of me that loves the idea of fondue haha! Such a cute idea for Valentines day!


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    Rhian Westbury
    January 30, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    That's such an amazing idea to do homemade fondue, esp as you have such great memories of it x

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    Kacie Morgan
    January 30, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    This would be a fantastic way to celebrate Valentines Day – I just need to find Prince Charming first 🙂

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    ana de jesus
    January 30, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    You poor thing Valentines day must be extra special for you then? Love the fondue it looks delicious!

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    January 31, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    I do love a good fondue! It's been a very long time! We don't tend to celebrate Valentines Day, really, instead we grab any rare opportunity we can to have date nights, even if they're just watching a film together on the sofa.

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    January 31, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    I love fondue! We're doing this for Valentine's Day too – perfect.

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    Katie Elizabeth
    January 31, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Oh my goodness, this is my idea of heaven! I'm in love. Thanks for sharing!

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    Emily Underworld
    February 1, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! I'm very envious.

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    Katherine Phillips
    February 10, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    This is a great idea. I would love to give this a try.

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    3 Princesses and 1 Dude
    February 14, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    I want a fondue set just for the melted chocolate and heart angel cake!

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