What You Need For the Perfect Chocolate Fondue

Fun, easy and deliciously decadent, this melted chocolate classic just may be the perfect holiday party dessert. Beyond the usual cubed fruit, here are a few ways to make yours deliciously different and uniquely Albertan.

Photograph by Jared Sych

Dark Chocolate from Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut

Meltable bits are essential as you don’t want your chocolate burning or seizing when the heat is on. The dark chocolate morsels from Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut are made with couverture chocolate, so they melt easily and stay smooth.

11 Calgary locations, bernardcallebaut.com, @chocberncal

Gin Rummy from Eau Claire Distillery

With flavours of gin, rum and spiced fruitcake, whisk a shot of this seasonal spirit into your chocolate if you want to make things boozy.

Available at most good liquor stores, eauclairedistillery.ca, @eauclairecraft

Caramel popcorn and Almond and Pistachio Nougat from Framboise

Chewy, nutty nougat makes for a different dip. For an extra layer of indulgence, pick up some of Framboise’s salted caramel squares, caramel bourbon popcorn or florentine bites.

1104 20 Ave. N.W., 403-210-0023, framboisebakery.ca, @framboisecafe

Shortbread from Crave Cookies & Cupcakes

Though best-known for their cupcakes, cookies were the first love of Crave co-founders and sisters Carolyne McIntyre Jackson and Jodi Willoughby. Crave’s shortbread is made using their grandmother’s recipe, with the cookies still rolled out and cut by hand.

1107 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-270-2728 and three other locations, cravecupcakes.ca, @craveyyc

Marshmallows from Manuel Latruwe

Manuel Latruwe sells soft, chewy handmade marshmallows by the dozen. If you like, cut them smaller so they’re easier to skewer.

1333 1 St. S.E., 403-261-1092, manuellatruwe.com, @manuellatruwe

Biscotti from Lina’s Italian Market

Cut into bite-sized pieces, almond biscotti makes a decent dunker. Or pick up a panettone, a sweet Italian Christmas cake, and cut into cubes.

2202 Centre St. N.E., 403-277-9166, linasmarket.com

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