Posted by Tara on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Last month I had a “hen party” here at the house. For those of you not familiar with Southern talk – “hen party” refers to a gathering of females for any named purpose which includes lots of laughing (clucking) and gabbing, good food, great friends and often the selling of some product said females think they need. The recent chick fest was advertised as a girls “Fondue Night” and an old friend Heather Wamble brought her delightful collection of My Thirty-one purses to show us the new fall line.
Honestly, I had never made fondue in my life. Not once. Not ever. The only fondue that ever touched my lips was at the Melting Pot Restaurant when we had a gift card to pay for the outing. After viewing all different types of fondue, I decided to make an Italian Cheese Fondue for dipping veggies and bread. And to satisfy the sweet teeth present, I came up with my own version of a salted caramel fondue. The salt is a perfect balance to the sweetness and a nice compliment to tart apple slices, pound cake, frozen cheese cake bites, pretzels, and gingerbread. A small crock pot works as well as a fancy fondue pot for the fondue. But for the photo I was able to borrow from Jane a vintage 1960’s copper fondue pot complete with a can of Sterno.
This stuff can be zapped in the microwave for a few minutes and transferred to a mini crock pot or regular fondue pot. Then just have a load of apple slices, pound cake, gingerbread, cheese cake or whatever else you think would be tasty drenched in salted caramel heaven. And this method will be much cheaper than taking the family to The Melting Pot!
- 2 bags Kraft Caramels or Kraft Caramel Bits (you don’t have to unwrap the bits!)
- 1 5 oz can evaporated milk
- 1 10 oz bag mini marshmallows
- 2 teaspoons salt
Unwrap caramels and place in a large microwave safe dish. Add the milk and microwave a minute at a time, stirring after each minute, until caramels melt forming a smooth sauce. Then add the marshmallows and stir into the warm sauce until they are melted and well blended. Microwave fondue another minute if you needed to melt the marshmallows. Add the salt and transfer fondue to mini crock pot or a fondue pot. If there are any left overs mixture can be stored in refrigerator and reheated later in the microwave by cooking a minute at a time and stirring after each minute until mixture is smooth and creamy.
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