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Fondue night sweetens Valentine's Day experience By Giselle Oldani '22

Valentine's Day ironically holds a love-hate relationship with many. Some become distressed by the especially prominent PDA and gushy acts of affection, and others excite for gifts and extra attention from their significant other. Either way, this fondue night will show your taste buds some love whether it's spent with friends, by yourself, or a lover.

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To start off, you will need six ounces of bittersweet chocolate and four ounces of milk chocolate. The higher the quality of chocolate you buy, the better the fondue will be. Chocolate bars are your best bet for this because chocolate chips will not melt nicely.

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Next, chop the chocolate finely. Make sure the pieces are small, but do not chop so much that all the chocolate becomes powder.

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Next, measure out half a cup of whole milk or cream. You can add more/less whole milk or cream depending on your thickness preference. More milk/cream will result in a thinner fondue.

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Add the chopped chocolate and milk/cream to a heat safe bowl (metal or heat-tempered glass). You can add one tablespoon to one and one-half tablespoons butter if you want your fondue to have a more mellow flavor. If you want a stronger, more intense chocolate flavor, avoid the butter.

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Now, grab a large pot and add in seven to eight cups of water. Bring this water to a gentle simmer (a few bubbles rising to the top). Place the bowl with the previous mixture of chocolate, milk and butter inside the pot. Stir the mixture around until all the ingredients are fully melted and combined.

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You're all set. The fondue should be served as soon as possible after melting so that it doesn't lose warmth or harden. Fondue dippers include but are not limited to pretzels, popcorn, fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries), Oreos, marshmallows, cookies and wafers.

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If you're looking for an even more festive Valentine's Day fondue experience, try making some heart-shaped waffles to add as a dipper. The mix I used called for one cup mix and half a cup of water, but you can use any mix you like.

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Bed Bath and Beyond sells these cute heart-shaped mini waffle makers for only $10. They are very easy to use and the product comes with its own waffle recipes.

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Once your mix is prepared, you can plug in the waffle maker. Once the blue light turns off, the waffle maker is at the appropriate cooking temperature. Make sure to add some non-stick cooking spray to the waffle maker before pouring in your batter.

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Pour in enough batter so that all the indentations are covered and every edge is filled out. This is important to get the full heart shape. Once you're done, close the top of the waffle maker and cook to your preference.

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These waffles are the perfect cherry-on-top to your fondue display, adding fun texture as well as heart-y expression of love.

If Valentines Day brings you no love, don't fret. This chocolate-filled recipe will give you the endorphins you're longing for. If that's not your case, this activity is also a perfect one to share with your significant other. Pro tip: put on some Valentine's Day classics while you're snacking. My favorites are "Ten Things I Hate About You" and "The Princess Bride."