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I have a fondness for fondue dinners. It all started back when my husband was stationed in Germany and we went to a church party at a Major's home, who was a member or our congregation. They had a really nice quarters, and they hosted this fondue party. It was so much fun. There were several kinds of fondue, a large assortment of things to dip, plus other appetizers. We all walked around the table multiple times just talking and eating as we stood for a while, and then filling our plates and talking and enjoying ourselves even more. That party was the perfect mix of food and people. I have tried to replicate it, but haven't really come close. But, my love of fondue, partly because of my memory of that party, has not waned.
Now that school is back in for many, a special fun dinner is just the ticket for a family to de-stress and just enjoy some time together. Maybe you can create a long lasting memory of your own. Fondue is fun with a lot of people enjoying it, and also just for 2 or 3! Maddy is vegan, so she won't be eating the cheese and chocolate fondues with my husband and I tonight, but she can join in with many of the dippers and use some vegan dressings as a dip. There are always options.
For a family get together, a great idea is to have a larger variety of fondues and assign lots of things to dip. I like to give everyone a little cup to hold their fondue in on their plate, instead of them doing multiple dippings back into the pot. That protects everyone from double dippers! If you don't have enough fondue forks, you can use skewers or just regular forks.
I know that the word "fondue" might sound intimidating, but it means "melted" and virtually everything goes! You can use many different kinds of cheese, hot oil for cooking thin cuts of meat right in the pot, savory sauces, like a marinara. For dessert, chocolate is always a favorite, but you can do caramel or marshmallow and for dippers you are only limited by your imagination.
I am sharing 2 recipes with you today. One is a main course or even an appetizer. The other is a dessert.
First, a goat cheese fondue that you will love!
For dipping I simply used things I already had on hand, pan grilled chicken chunks, zucchini, carrots, french bread. You could also use crackers, peppers and any veggies you would like.
For dessert, Chocolate Fondue! This recipe whips up in no time.
If you don't already have a fondue pot, I am sharing some links to some here. Do you have any fondue memories? How about recipes or favorite things to dip? Share with us in the comments!
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Back in the mid-70s, Jello put out a dessert kit that my dad just loved. It was called Spoon Candy. It was pudding treat in candy flavors, like peanut butter cup, that had a chocolate topping that hardened like the outer chocolate of a candy bar. Unfortunately, after about 3 years this delectable dessert was taken off the market for some unknown reason. I guess not everyone liked it as much as my dad did. (Well, the rest of our family liked it, too.)
Fast forward to this decade and an ice cream topping called Magic Shell is sold in grocery stores. It has the magical ability to pour as a liquid out of the bottle and then harden quickly when it gets cold. There are versions of this product put out by Smucker's and by Hershey. As soon as I became acquainted with this stuff I flashed back to Spoon Candy. I thought to myself, "Surely I can remake that magical, retro dessert."
I found the recipe for peanut butter pudding on tasteofhome.com. Then, I wanted to make a vegan version, so I substituted coconut milk and coconut cream for the milk and cream in the recipe. Maddy loved it! It did have a little hint of coconut flavor mixed with the peanut butter flavor, which was not a bad thing at all. When the pudding is slightly cooled and setting, pour Magic Shell on the top and cool the rest of the way. Hershey even has a Reese's Peanut Butter flavor shell which made this dessert even better!
After the peanut butter experiment was a success, it started to be fun to come up with more flavors and add ins that would give the delicious Spoon Candy experience. I thought, this would be a fun family activity! Have some flavors of pudding available and various add ins and see who can come up with the most creative combinations. Here are some of the ideas that we have tried:
I've also thought of :
I prefer cooked puddings. But, if you use instant, like we did for some flavors, don't use soy or almond milk in instant pudding or it won't set. Coconut milk works great!
I must confess that this version is not exactly the way I remember Spoon Candy to be, but it is pretty good. Besides, that was 40 years ago, so my memory is probably fading! This is still a great way to have some fun and deliciousness on a weekend!
Happy Fun Friday!
PS: The Smucker's Magic Shell comes in lots of flavors!
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Are you old enough to remember the Kool Aid Man commercials? Oh Yeah!
I've done a lot with Kool Aid over the years besides drink it the regular way. I've made slushies for my kids with it. I have made play dough with it. I've seen people dye their hair with it, though I haven't done that. But, today for Fun Friday I am going to share a couple of "new to me" ideas using this versatile powdered beverage, plus I am throwing in a free printable, too!
Kool Aid Candy Dots
When I was a kid growing up, getting those little wax paper sheets of colorful candy dots was a fun treat for us. When I recently began to see recipes for them on Pinterest, I was intrigued. The recipes I saw all called for egg whites or meringue powder. I wanted to make my dots vegan, so I used corn syrup instead. You can make your Candy Dots any flavor you would like and they only take 4 ingredients! Here is how I made them:
Kool Aid Candy Dots
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 package kool aid unsweetened mix, any flavor
2 T. corn syrup
1 T. almond milk
Mix the ingredients together until a stiff yet flowing dough forms.
Put into a piping bag and using a small round tip, pipe onto waxed paper strips.
(Just make small dots, the dots will spread.)
I made two batches, one of orange and one lime. This recipe made LOADS of dots!
Allow the dots to dry over night.
My candy dots stayed a little soft inside, not totally crunchy. The Kool Aid really gives them a burst of flavor and bright color!
After they dried, I cut my waxed paper strips between the dots into 4x6 inch rectangles and slipped them into plastic cookie bags. I think these would make a sweet, fun party favor!
To print, use the Avery 8160 labels. Do not check "fit to page."
I used lime and orange flavors, but the possibilities are only limited by the flavors of Kool Aid available. I love how bright and sunny these colors are and I think they would be great at a swimming party, (along with some Kool Aid Slushes!)
Kool Aid Sherbet or Ice Cream
Believe it or not, I think this sherbet was even easier than the candy dots and of course, much cooler!
Since it only took 1/2 a package of Kool Aid to make the Candy Dots, I used the same flavors to make this ice cream, or sherbet, whichever you want to call it, and it only took 3 ingredients! Not only that, I made one of the flavors vegan for Maddy's sake and it is so good! I will give you the recipe for both the vegan and the non-vegan versions.
"Put the Lime in the Coconut" Vegan Kool Aid Sherbet
1-15 oz can coconut cream or coconut milk
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 package lime Kool Aid
"Put the lime in the coconut and mix it all together!" (I couldn't resist!) Mix all of the ingredients together very well. Pour them into a regular sized loaf pan. Put in the freezer for about 2 hours.
After 2 hours, the sherbet should be partially set. Use the hand held electric beaters and beat the mixture to create a more creamy texture and smooth back into shape in the loaf pan. Place back in the freezer.
I left it in the freezer until the next day and then scooped it out to serve! It is really delicious!
Creamy Orange Kool Aid Ice Cream
1 and 1/2 c. heavy cream
1/2 package orange Kool Aid
3/4 c. granulated sugar
Mix all the ingredients together and prepare just like the lime recipe. It is so yummy!
Hope you have some good summer fun this weekend and maybe give one or both of these recipes a try! Let me know what you think and if you have any other off the wall Kool Aid ideas!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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