Solar Oven Recipes for Chocolate Fondue

Mix sunshine and chocolate for a fondue

Why solar oven recipes for chocolate fondue? Blame it on dismal Seattle winters.

Seattle winter survival relies on coffee and chocolate in their many forms. Chocolate fondue is way up there on the list of survival foods.

One dreary January, being a solar cooker fan, I wondered if my indoor winter survival chocolate fondue could be made outdoors in a solar slow cooker. After all, this model solar cooker works on a low heat that is perfect for melting chocolate. No double boiler necessary.

That was all the excuse that I needed to flee in search of some sun.

So, I made my escape to Phoenix in early February to experiment with combining sunshine and chocolate (and to visit my Mother, sister and brother-in-law)

This became a treasured family memory !

We used

  • 1/2 pound of Bissingers dark chocolate shaved into slivers for quick melting - chocolate chips will do , too.
  • about 3 -4 ounces of heavy cream
  • and 1/2 ounce of Grand Marnier ( about perfect for a background orange flavor. Too much makes the fondue bitter )

After setting up our solar slow cooker, our small pot got very warm right away, so in went the cream first, then the chocolate, and lastly, the Grand Marnier.

The chocolate started melting right away.

Next was stirring it all up !

Then bagging everything, the pot and ingredients, up in the solar slow cooker. We checked on it in about 5 minutes and gave it a few stirs before re-bagging it up to heat some more.

When the chocolate fondue was totally melted and of a consistent texture, it was ready! This took about ten minutes total.

Accidental Solar Fudge

Even with four chocolate loving adults we had about half of our fondue left over.

What to do?

Well, my Mom kindly volunteered to store the leftovers in her 'fridge. It took several hours after we got home for her to confess that she recognized a great homemade fudge when she saw it.

She loves fudge!

Smart lady !

Chocolate Fondue Fixin's

The wonders of these solar oven recipes is that you have a Universe of flavor combinations. Vary the tastes of the fondue itself with the following ingredients, or use your imagination to add to our collection, that follows, of what to dip in it.

It's all good!

Even if you are enjoying your fondue "commando style" ( with your fingers), you can add to your chocolate a background flavor of :

  • Ameretto - almond flavor
  • Frangelico - hazelnut flavor
  • Grand Marnier - orange flavor
  • Cherry Kiafa or Kirsch or Brandy for the cherry flavor
  • Coffee ! - Mocha flavor
  • Chile Pepper - this is tasty, think Mole sauce
  • Rasberries - pureed
  • Blackberries - pureed
  • Mint
  • Plums - pureed
  • Coconut
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cranberries - minced

The trick here is that you want a background flavor that appears and lingers in your mouth after the initial chocolate flavor burst.

You'll find that too little background flavoring is better than too much. Go easy !

Yes, melted milk chocolate and melted white chocolate are sinful, too!

Chocolate Dippin's

Take a moment to imagine the tastes of dipping the following treats

into melted dark chocolate:

  • coconut
  • cherries
  • strawberries
  • almonds
  • raisins
  • pecans
  • apples
  • peaches
  • pound cake
  • lemon cake
  • short bread
  • cookies like peanut butter, shortbread or thumbprint with jam
  • angel food cake
  • devils food cake
  • peanut butter gobs
  • your fingers
  • your lovers fingers
  • pineapple
  • bananas
  • termites (just wondering if you're still reading)
  • mint leaves
  • rose petals
  • grapes
  • orange slices
  • apricots
  • If you can think of more, send me an email !

I hope that by now you're craving to taste a chocolate fondue.We made a very good memory that day. You can make your own delectable memories enjoying these solar oven recipes by clicking on the link below and ordering a solar slow cooker.

Enjoy !!

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