Lately, I’ve been thinking about family style meals, specifically ones you prepare/assemble/cook as you eat. A lot of Asian foods came to mind, like hot pot and Korean BBQ, and then there’s fondue.
The fondue tool is simple, yet specific to that dish. Perhaps because we don’t use it on a daily basis (like forks, knives, and chopsticks), it feels special when I use one. Also, the act of sharing, specifically eating out of the same pot, is an intimate eating experience. With these thoughts in mind, I came up with the following:
S’mores + fondue. Replace the traditional fondue stick with an edible graham cracker stick. One thing that bothers me about s’mores is that the chocolate NEVER melts from the heat of the toasted marshmallow. There is no such problem with this dessert, where the chocolate is not only melted, but it is mixed with cream, vanilla, and a dash of chocolate liquor. Yum!
There’s messy fun, and messy annoying. This dessert is just the right amount of messy. Toast, dip, eat...double dip! You know you're amongst close friends / family when you get to double dip. :)
I made some spoons too, which worked well on it’s own (a spoonful of chocolate). A nice alternative is to dip fruits and use them as vessels like this one.