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FOOD HOLIDAY: International Chocolate Day

September 13th International Chocolate Day and gourmet retailer Balducci’s is celebrating with samplings and giveaways. They’ve also shared their recipe for Dark Chocolate-Chili Fondue, below.

Balducci’s will have samples of the chocolates at its:

  • New York City store in the Hearst Tower, Eight Avenue and 56th Street, September 13th and 16th.
  • Westport, Connecticut store on September 13th.
  • From September 13th to September 22nd, visitors can enter to win a Balducci’s Chocolate Lover’s Gift Basket, filled with an assortment of international chocolate treats:

  • Chocolove bars from Colorado
  • Divine Fair Trade Milk Chocolate (Washington, D.C.)
  • Ghirardelli and TCHO chocolate from San Francisco
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    Celebrate International Chocolate Day with chocolate from different countries. Photo courtesy Balducci’s.

  • Green & Black’s organic bars from England
  • Lindt’s Lindor truffles from Switzerland
  • Perugina Baci from Italy
  • Ritter Sport from Germany
  • And more, including something for chocolate chip cookie lovers: Salt of the Earth Bakery’s The Cookie with Maldon sea salt (New York City)
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    Everyone will be happy to celebrate with
    chocolate fondue. Photo courtesy WMMB.

     

    RECIPE: DARK CHOCOLATE-CHILI FONDUE

    Ingredients For 4-6 Servings

  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, any brand
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chili pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dippers: banana slices, cubed miniature croissants, fresh strawberries, dried apricots, dried figs, ladyfingers, marshmallows, pineapple chunks, potato chips, pretzels and whatever else appeals to you
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    Preparation

    1. MELT chocolate with cream, milk, butter, sugar, chili pepper, cinnamon and cayenne in a small heavy sauce pan. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.

    2. TRANSFER to a small fondue pot and keep warm. Serve with dippers of your choice
     
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