Whether it’s while the family is gathered for Thanksgiving or friends are toasting the holidays, you can never go wrong serving chocolate fondue. Here’s a take from John Farace, executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, which recently celebrated the opening of its new Bar Cocoa, a lounge offering food, beverages, desserts and cooking classes centered around a chocolate experience. For information or cooking class reservations: 704-547-2244 or www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte.
1 cup milk
2/3 cup cream
2 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons honey
1 2/3 pounds chocolate (65 percent), cut into pieces
1 vanilla bean, split
Combine milk, cream, corn syrup, honey and vanilla bean in a small sauce pot. Bring to a simmer. Remove vanilla pod. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate, and stir to melt. Enjoy with fresh fruit, biscotti or pound cake.
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