This summer has been all about the Campfire Chocolate Fondue that my kids and I discovered in the early days of June. You may already know that I love fondue so much if you have seen my Simple Chocolate Fondue Video.
But this one is different…because you cook it over the campfire!
I love camping with friends. But it has always been a bit of a struggle when it comes to campfire time. As everyone settles in around the fire, out come the marshmallows or worse, the smores (have you noticed the ingredients in many of these brands?).
And for years, I never had an alternative. I even made my own marshmallows once but really, who has time for that when you also have to pack an entire family for camping?
So one day my sister introduced me to the idea of wrapping fruit in foil and cooking it over the fire (she did whole, cored apples with raisins, cinnamon and butter). And I took the idea and turned it into what I like best, fondue.
Now to be clear, fondue is generally known for having a pot containing a melted food for dipping (cheese, oil or chocolate) and it is shared communally. This version of fondue has no pot and nothing to dip so on a technicality you may want to argue that it is not really fondue…but you can share it communally right from the foil or serve it up in bowls so I am sticking with the name “fondue.”
Foil wraps are so convenient because they make for easy clean up and they can go directly on the hot coals with no worry about warping a pan or melting anything by accident!
And I love that the fruit is also cooked in this recipe….I am in love with the warm blueberries that pop softly in your mouth, the softened strawberries that remind me of a strawberry pie and the banana slices that melt right in your mouth before you can chew them…(insert a very dramatic, slightly sensual “sigh” here)!
But of course, you can use whatever fruit that gets you that excited!
Notes on cooking these over the fire: First off, you want hot coals not fire. So move the wood aside and place the packet right on the red hot coals.
You will want to have a large set of tongs and perhaps an oven mitt to remove the packets from the heat. And check them after 3-5 minutes. They cook super fast. What you are looking for is that the chocolate has begun to melt. it doesn’t have to be completely liquid to be amazing.
Who needs marshmallows when you have Campfire Chocolate Fondue? (Ok, I admit, I did chop up a few just to see what they would taste like once…and it was pretty (very) good, but totally unnecessary and really not healthy).
Before I give you the recipe here is a little tutorial on making foil wraps:
- Place food on foil.
- Bring long edges together and fold them over the top of the food.
- Fold outer edges inward a couple of times so nothing can leak out.
Campfire Chocolate Fondue
- Fruit of choice (mixed berries, bananas, apples)
- dark chocolate chips or pieces
- sea salt
- Wash and cut up fruit.
- Break chocolate into small pieces if necessary (chocolate chips are fine as is).
- Place fruit on a rectangular piece of aluminum foil and top with chocolate and sea salt.
- Wrap the foil as per the instructions above.
- Place on hot coals (not in the flame) for 3-5 minutes and then remove foil packet from fire using an oven mitt and large tongs. Check to see if the chocolate is melted to your liking. If not, close it back up and put it back on the coals. Do not let it burn!
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