Simple Chocolate Fondue

This is a delicious, simple chocolate fondue. Dip fresh strawberries, bananas, pineapple and blueberries or gram crackers, marshmallows or cubed pound cake.

What shouts “Happy Mother’s Day” more than fresh fruit and a bowl of melty chocolate? Okay, so maybe wine too. Wine, fruit AND chocolate for the Mother’s Day win!

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Let me go back and say that no there is not wine in this chocolate fondue (sorry!). But sipping while dipping is totally welcomed. Also, this is not just any chocolate, it’s a good-quality Fair Trade chocolate- to be precise. Yup. Just like last year I’ve teamed up with Fair Trade USA and several talented bloggers to be a part of a fantastic Fair Trade brunch (and giveaway!), to not only  spread the news about the importance of buying Fair Trade goods but to also share about the women farmers that are behind them. Oh and there’s also a big box of goodies we’re giving away.

Let’s be real, Mom’s make a difference. They teach us how to love, nurture and also be strong, smart and independent.  For Mother’s Day last year I made these bonkers awesome Banana Chocolate Chunk Streusel Mini-Muffins for Mother’s Day and this year I decided to go a simple and yet delicious route. The fondue. I’ve been making fondue for years. It’s my go-to dessert for when I host a large party or family gathering mostly because it’s fairly inexpensive to throw together and um, hello? chocolate. Adults love it and not only is it fun for kids to dip but you’ll be loving the fact that they’re actually eating some fruit! (covered in chocolate, but oh-wells!)

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My one rule of thumb is to never, under any circumstances, skimp on the chocolate when making chocolate fondue. Good quality chocolate is key to making this a deliriously rich chocolate sauce. Some things I like as dippers are; strawberries (obviously), blueberries (try to find large, firm berries), bananas (this may be my favorite), pineapple (just kidding, THIS is my favorite), pound cake, cookies annnnd my fingers. Just kidding, maybe.

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Before you move down to the recipe steps, I’d like you to first meet Kyomugisha Joy!! Kyomugisha and her family have been growing tea since 2007. She says that the biggest impact of selling Fair Trade Certified tea is that it has enabled her to send 2 of her children (aren’t they adorable?!) to school (her other 2 will attend when they are old enough). And hopes to use future income to establish tea nurseries that will help expand tea growing opportunities for her community. She also wants to develop a nutrition program in the community teaching people how to start kitchen gardens that will help prevent malnutrition. (Click HERE to learn more on Fair Trade funds use and for info and photos on other the Mpanga Growers Tea Factory)

Kyomugisha you are amazing.

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Just about everything I used for this fondue is Fair Trade. From the chocolate, to the cinnamon and coconut oil. I like knowing that by me purchasing Fair Trade goods, my money is going to help these farmers build upon their community and in return they can continue to work, take care of their family and continue to produce amazing products.

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This fair trade chocolate is pretty darn good. Just sayin.

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Measure 10 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate.

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Which is about this entire tin.

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Any morsels leftover is purely for snacking on.

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Add the chocolate into a medium bowl.

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Pour in 1/2 cup whole milk.

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Set the bowl over a pot of shallow water that is simmering.

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Stir until fully melted and smooth like buttah.

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Add in 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. I love the subtle flavor of cinnamon in chocolate, feel free to add more for a little extra pop.

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1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

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And a 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil, this will give the fondue some gloss.

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Again, stir until smooth.

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Pour into a smallish bowl, if you have one of those nifty fondue sets with the tealight, use it to keep the chocolate warm and creamy. I was so tempted to replace the bowl with my face.

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It’s well established that strawberries are pretty good dipped in chocolate.

Basically chocolate fondue is a jacuzzi for fruit and things.

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Blueberries and bananas are pretty fab as well. But pineapple is my jam. I could punch myself in the face for forgetting to pick some up. How could I forget??

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Oh and a little toasted coconut action sprinkled over top isn’t too shabby either!

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So with this fabulous brunch recipe, there’s also a giveaway filled with wonderful Fair Trade products. A HUGE thanks to all the companies that generously donated!

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Here’s a little info on what a lucky winner will be receiving in the Box-o-Goodies. See!?!? How could you not want all of this delivered to your door step?? Simply enter below and you’re good to go!

Note: Fair Trade USA has graciously given me my own box of goodies to develop this recipe with. As always, my opinions are my own and Fair Trade is where it’s at!

 

Enjoy! And if you give this Simple Chocolate Fondue recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance!

Yield: 1-1/4 cups

Simple Chocolate Fondue

Simple Chocolate Fondue
Simple and sweet! The perfect chocolaty goodness for dipping fresh fruit, baked goods or whatever your heart desires!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces good quality semi-sweet chocolate (chopped if using a bar of chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Bring a saucepan with about an inch or two of water to a simmer.
  2. In a medium bowl add the chocolate and milk. Place bowl over simmering water (water should not touch the bottom of the bowl) to create a double boiler. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted and is smooth. Carefully remove the bowl from the pan and stir in cinnamon, vanilla and coconut oil.
  3. Pour chocolate into a heat-safe bowl and serve with fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas, blueberries, pineapple and kiwi) or baked goods like cubed pieces of pound cake or small cookies.

Notes

The chocolate fondue can be refrigerated, once cooled, and then reheated again by following the instructions above for a double boiler method.

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117 Responses to “Simple Chocolate Fondue”

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    Terry Grieve — May 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

    My favorite brunch item is usually the seafood and the dessert.

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    Corinne — May 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

    My favorite brunch item? The mimosas. Definitely the mimosas 🙂

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    stacey — May 5, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Muffins, mimosas and bacon! weird I know!

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    manda — May 5, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Eggs benedict

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    grace — May 5, 2015 at 10:17 am

    huevos rancheros, perfect for today!

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    krystal — May 5, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I want to say waffles but I can get down with massive quantities of well made home fries or hashbrowns. Generally, you’re safe with carbs!!

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    Itzia — May 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

    my favorite is an omelet.

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    Melissa — May 5, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Eggs Benedict!!!

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    HS — May 5, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I like baked French toast.

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    Amanda C. — May 5, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Really good pancakes. And of course, lots of maple syrup.

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    Kristina N. — May 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I love smoked salmon for brunch!

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    Lauren K. — May 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I love cinnamon rolls with mimosas for brunch. 🙂

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    Tenzin — May 5, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    My favorite brunch item is Eggs Benedict!

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    DaniElla — May 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Favorite brunch… hmm… Whole-grain crackers with cream cheese, ham and cucumbers, or sausage gravy with biscuits 🙂

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    SweetEliz — May 5, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Quiche is my brunch go-to.. though I’ll make waffles for the right crowd!

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    mary claire — May 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    My favorite brunch item is MIMOSAS!!!! Isn’t day drinking the best?

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    Maureen — May 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I love the fruit but also I love the spinach leek quiche I make.

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    Denise M — May 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Mini bacon and cheese frittatas with a side of avocado

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    Christine — May 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    My favorite brunch item is French toast because it’s one of those things that I never make for myself.

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    Sonya J — May 5, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I love eggs for brunch! Actually for any meal I love eggs, lol.

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    ali — May 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    favorite brunch item??? a really good cappuccino 🙂

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    Wehaf — May 5, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I love scrambled eggs and fresh fruit.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 5, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I love waffles and pastries for brunch!

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    Ellen — May 5, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I really like pancakes! And eggs benedict:]

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    Jennifer S — May 5, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Anything with bacon!

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    Marilyn — May 5, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    I love eggs benedict. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Ashley — May 5, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    My favorite brunch item is definitely french toast, but there had better be bacon alongside it. 🙂

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    jan — May 6, 2015 at 12:28 am

    crepes with lots of fresh berries-

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    Katie — May 6, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Fave brunch item? French toast, from my German great-grandmother’s recipe. Or pancakes, if I’m cooking!

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    Jane S. — May 6, 2015 at 12:37 am

    I think pancakes would have to be my favorite for brunch… so many different ways to go!! 🙂

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    Melissa — May 6, 2015 at 12:58 am

    blueberry coffee cake is my favorite!

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    Erika — May 6, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Eggs benedict is my favorite brunch item, especially if it’s with crab as well! Delish

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    KaySue — May 6, 2015 at 6:40 am

    French toast is my favorite.

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    Kim H. — May 6, 2015 at 7:02 am

    I love a raspberry stuffed French toast!!

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    Lydia — May 6, 2015 at 7:11 am

    my favourite brunch is scrambled tofu, thick, fluffy pancakes and fresh fruit! all the fruit! yumm!!

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    janet — May 6, 2015 at 7:59 am

    My favorite brunch is smoked salmon on a everything flat bagel with sliced red onions and cucumbers. Also some fresh fruit. Great black coffee

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    Heather Taylor — May 6, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Sauteed veggies with a runny egg on top!

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    Amy L — May 6, 2015 at 8:55 am

    You can never go wrong with an omelette!

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    Simone Sika — May 6, 2015 at 8:59 am

    That would be french toast with some orange juice on the side!

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    Ashley B. — May 6, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Huevos Rancheros!!!

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    Dee R. — May 6, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I love quiche. I haven’t made one in a long time.

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    Rose — May 6, 2015 at 9:29 am

    My favorite brunch item is definitely eggs Benedict, and mimosas- yum!

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    Lisa Stokes — May 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Love frittatas

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    Nora — May 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

    belgian waffles with fruit and whipped cream mmmmmmm

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    Christy H — May 6, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Eggs Benedict with spinach!!!!

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    Heather B — May 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

    My favorite brunch item? Strawberry cream cheese French toast bake!

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    Kristen D. — May 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Eggs benedict is my favorite!

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    Stephanie Schiltz — May 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Quiche or crab eggs benedict !

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    Lynn Breck — May 6, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Eggs Benedict!!!!

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    Leslie — May 6, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    The most important brunch item for me is the coffee.

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    Laura — May 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Belgian waffles with strawberries and chocolate (all doused in maple syrup). Plus a soy latte or tea. Yum!!

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    Amy S — May 6, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    My favorite brunch item is Belgian waffles with fresh fruit.

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    maria — May 6, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Favorite brunch item: homemade waffles or pancakes & real maple syrup. Oh and BACON!

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    Laura F. — May 6, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    My favorite brunch item would be bacon! Who can go wrong with bacon? 😀

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    Katie F — May 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Brunch was made for mimosas–preferably the bottomless kind! Thanks so much for all your fabulous recipes, Laurie–I came across your Double Dark Chocolate Merlot cookies years ago, and have been a fan ever since. What a great giveaway, too!

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    Barbara — May 6, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    I love French toast, especially stuffed with some cream cheesey stuff.

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    Emily — May 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I love gluten free pancakes, turkey bacon, eggs and avocado for breakfast. So tasty!

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    Grace — May 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I love eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of the ham. So good! And of course mimosas!

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    Toria P. — May 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Waffles with a fresh blackberry sauce

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    Gail Annacarto — May 6, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Savoury French Toast or a frittata

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    C Stein — May 6, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I love Eggs Benedict for brunch . . . with champagne, of course! Those strawberries in chocolate fondue look really maaavelous, though!

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    Becca — May 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    My favorite brunch item would be breakfast burritos!

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    Jeffrey — May 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of coffee cake.

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    Lauren — May 6, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Muffins are my favorite at brunch!

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    Michelle — May 6, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I can never turn down waffles for brunch!!

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    Elizabeth @ Pineapples and Polka Dots — May 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I love just about anything dipped in chocolate! I would say chocolate chip pancakes are my favorite brunch items, or an egg sandwich with a big slice of tomato on an English muffin. Yum!

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    Laura-Leigh — May 6, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I love shrimp and grits paired with an extra-spicy Bloody Mary

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    Nicole — May 6, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I love omelets! I just wish I had the skills for it!

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    Donna F. — May 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I love waffles for brunch, especially if there is chocolate involved!

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    Adele — May 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Pancakes are my favorite!

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    sarah — May 6, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Eggs Benedict w fresh asparagus and a mimosa

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    Beverly Hart — May 6, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    hands down, fresh berries- any and all. A plate of fresh berries with spinach quiche and a cup of good coffee- brunch heaven!

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    Leah S. — May 6, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    My favorite brunch item is fluffy scrambled eggs (and mimosas)!

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    Mary-Walker — May 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    My favorite is cheese grits!

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    q — May 6, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I’m so ashamed, but it would be the never-ending-supply of BACON!

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    nadya kotik — May 6, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I love croissant sandwiches with egg and sausage!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — May 6, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Holy moly what a line up for great treats!! And this fondue – is a fond-must-due for me this weekend!

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    Susan Christy — May 7, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Eggs Benedict & Mimosas

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe — May 7, 2015 at 12:43 am

    I love having fresh fruit for brunch!

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    Alison H. — May 7, 2015 at 7:24 am

    My favorite brunch item is quiche!

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    Eileen — May 7, 2015 at 7:44 am

    My favorite brunch item is any thing with poached eggs.

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    linda — May 7, 2015 at 8:10 am

    looks amazing!!!! My all time fav brunch item is my tomato tart…but, alas, I’m married to a terrific man who HATES tomatoes…WHAAAAT???

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    Kim — May 7, 2015 at 8:56 am

    French toast with fruit and bacon!

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    Meera — May 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Chocolate fondue looks delicious but I cannot resist some stuffed french toast for brunch!

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    Emily Wells — May 7, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Mimosas! 😉

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — May 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Chocolate fondue is such a great party staple. Everyone loves it and it’s so much fun too! My favorite brunch item is probably french toast. With whipped cream, of course!

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    lauren — May 7, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I love an omelette station. I lack the necessary skills required to make my own and so they are a real treat…loaded with veggies and ham and cheese…YUM!

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    Wendy — May 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    My favorite brunch item is Ham & Cheese Omelette

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    shaunie — May 7, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    An omelet with cheese and peppers with fruit is my favorite for brunch

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    Nataly Carbonell — May 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I love biscuits and turkey sausage!

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    Jocy — May 7, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Waffles!

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    Pamela — May 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Quiches

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    Calli — May 7, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Eggs Benedict is awesome!

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    keshakeke — May 7, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Chicken salad sandwiches are my favorite

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    Erin — May 8, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Pancakes!

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    Margot C — May 8, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I was going to say waffles, but those strawberrie look pretty amazing dipped it your chocolate concoction!

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    Shea Adams — May 8, 2015 at 3:39 am

    My favorite brunch item would have to be an omelet!

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    Melissa F — May 8, 2015 at 7:04 am

    My favorite brunch item is a vegetable omelette with spinach, mushrooms onions and cheddar cheese or else a beautiful French toast. thanks for the fondue recipe by the way, it looks delicious!

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    rachel — May 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I love crepes!

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    Dandi D — May 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    My favorite is eggs, bacon and avocado on toast.

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    Wendy R. — May 8, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I love a good Belgium waffle for brunch.

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    David — May 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I am never able to eat brunch because I am at work, so I usually eat snack cakes for brunch. It isn’t the healthiest option, but they can be eaten while I work. If I could though, I would love an omelette or egg burrito.

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    Hope Ianiri — May 8, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    My favorite brunch item is eggs Florentine!

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    Cindy A. — May 9, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I love whole wheat toast topped with a fried egg, avocado, and garden fresh tomato.

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    Amanda — May 9, 2015 at 9:18 am

    French toast!

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    Ashley C — May 9, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I love stuffed french toast!

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    Candace — May 9, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I love fried eggs on toast.

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    Jill — May 9, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I love simple hard boiled eggs with mustard.

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    natalie — May 9, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I love pancakes very much… too much?

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    Lauren — May 9, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I like omelets.

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    thewellhunt — May 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    bacon

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    Carolsue — May 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Mine is a French Toast casserole with fruit on top

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    Amy Tong — May 10, 2015 at 2:21 am

    My favorite brunch item us crepe with berries. 🙂

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    Annette — May 10, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Quiche – any kind of quiche – is my favorite brunch food.

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    Dawn Keenan — May 10, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    My favorite brunch item is pancakes or strawberries dipped in anything!

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    Heather — May 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    eggs benedict definitely! only on special occasions, though

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    Mandy — May 10, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Greek yogurt parfait with granola and fresh fruit.

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