A sweet fondue isn't retro; it's classic. This straight-up version is particularly glossy, and clings well. PICTURE: DEB LINDSEY
Rich Chocolate Fondue (Serves 6)

A sweet fondue isn't retro; it's classic. This straight-up version is particularly glossy, and clings well. In testing, we found that the consistency suffered a bit when reheated, even with some liquids added. It won't be a hardship to make this disappear at one sitting.
If you don't have a fondue pot, serve the chocolate fondue in the same pan you cooked it in, or transfer it to a small slow cooker set on LOW.

Ingredients

For the fondue
280g good-quality bittersweet chocolate (preferably not chips), chopped
1/3 cup regular or low-fat milk, or more as needed
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/2 cup good-quality, chopped white chocolate 

For dipping (choose your favourites)
Hulled strawberries
Raspberries
Sliced bananas
Angel food cake, cut or torn into chunks
Plain cake doughnuts, cut into chunks
Toaster waffles, toasted and cut into bite-size pieces
Marshmallows
Dried apricots
Flaky or coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Method

For the fondue
Combine the chocolate, milk and cream in a medium saucepan over low heat; cook, stirring often, until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
Stir in the vanilla extract; if the mixture seems too thick, add more milk a tablespoon at a time. If desired, add the white chocolate (to taste) and stir just long enough to create melty swirls.
Pour the mixture into a fondue pot set over low heat or a gel-fuel flame.
For dipping
When ready to serve, set out some or all the components next to the fondue, with individual plates.

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