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National Chocolate Fondue Day

Fondue first applied to cheese and dates to nineteenth-century Switzerland, with its name coming from fondre, which means "to melt" in French. The chocolate version, celebrated today with Chocolate Fondue Day, originated in the 1960s at the Suisse Chalet in New York City. In 1966, Chef and owner Konrad "Konni" Egli wanted to find new dishes to promote the restaurant. He looked to the nearby Swiss National Tourist Office and learned they wanted to promote a chocolate bar called Toblerone, which is made up of individually-eaten, triangle-shaped pieces—à la the Matterhorn, a mountain in the Alps. Egli came up with the idea of melting the chocolate down to make a fondue that was sweet instead of savory.

Chocolate fondue is made with semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, sugar, butter, and vanilla extract. Sometimes Nutella or a liqueur are added. Fruits, like bananas, strawberries, tangerines, oranges, cherries, or raspberries may be dipped into the chocolate, as can pretzels, marshmallows, pieces of cookies and cake, and other foods. Fondue can be made at home, but some restaurants also serve it, and some of them even celebrate National Chocolate Fondue Day by giving out free chocolate fondue samples on the day.

How to Observe National Chocolate Fondue Day

Have some chocolate fondue for dessert or make it the centerpiece of your meal! You could get yourself a fondue pot and make your own, perhaps even using a recipe with Toblerone chocolate. You could also enjoy chocolate fondue by going to a local restaurant or a national chain like the Melting Pot, which has sometimes celebrated by giving out free fondue samples on the day.

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