Family traditions for the holidays are a great way to keep your children feeling connected and loved. Our special Valentine’s Day Fondue Dinner is a great tradition to get in touch with your kids on this fun vacation!
Holiday traditions and with food
Valentine’s Day is a day when you express your love for those you love. Therefore, of course, we also include our children. While I definitely spend some time alone with my husband, I am also deeply in love with my children and want to hang out with them too. My children look forward to this tradition every year. When I started this tradition, I didn’t realize how successful it can be in getting my kids to eat different foods that they don’t normally love.
So if you want your kids to eat twice as many vegetables as expected, serve your veggies with fondue! One mother said of this fondue: “This was a great success, even with the picky adult eaters!” LOL.
Valentine’s Day Fondue Dinner Menu
The star of our dinner is always the cheese fondue. We’d also like to have a protein option. This is our typical menu:
Roast Chicken + Steak
Cheese fondue with dipper
Berries + fresh fruit
We love having many different options for dipping into the cheese fondue! Here are some ideas for dipper:
BroccoliAspagusZucchiniCarrotsCabbage FlowersCherry TomatoesBell Bell PeppersCelleryClam
French BreadMulti-Grain BreadSourdough BreadSoft or Hard PretzelsTortelliniTortilla Chips (think of nachos)
If you have really young children and raw vegetables are too difficult to chew, consider blanching the vegetables. To do this, I dipped the vegetables in boiling water for 2 minutes, then removed them from the boiling water and shocked them with a cold water bath. This will prevent the vegetables from continuing to cook. It’s a great method for kids because you get a softer vegetable than raw, but it’s not cooked in a way that will make them mushy. Ideal for fondue!
Cheese fondue is really easy to make. We bought this fondue pot years ago and it worked great for this tradition! I can only recommend the Cuisinart brand. The production of the fondue only takes a few minutes and then stays warm and melt in the pot.
It’s also fun to serve a fancy drink for Valentine’s Day. Sometimes we make a 100% selection mixed with club soda. For a few years we made Italian lemonades that my kids love! You can even print out a fancy menu and feel like you’re in a restaurant.
And of course, no Valentine’s Day dinner is complete without chocolate-iced strawberries! Some of our other favorite chocolate fondue dipping things are:
PineapplesBananasCutiesKiwiPound CakeRice Krispie TreatsMarshmallowsStrawberriesPretzelsNilla WafersCaramel Pieces
Whatever you want to serve, adding a few decorations or fancy dishes will make it feel really special. Hope you can enjoy these fun Valentine’s Day traditions with your kids!
1 Cup Cooking wine can use chicken broth instead1/2 lb Cheddar cheese, crushed1/2 lb Gouda cheese, crushed2 tablespoon All-purpose flour1/4 TL Salt-1/4 TL ground nutmeg
10 Ounces semi-sweet chocolate pieces1/3 Cup milk1/3 Cup Whipped cream1 TL Vanilla extract
Turn your fondue pot (or pot on the stove) to medium high. Add boiling wine or chicken broth and bring to a boil. Set the heat to medium. Add cheese 1/4 pound at a time. Stir after each addition of cheese until it has melted.
Stir in flour. When the cheese has melted and the flour is incorporated, stir in the salt and nutmeg. Set heat to low and serve with dipper!
In a saucepan, combine the chocolate milk and cream over low heat. Stir often until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
Add the vanilla. If necessary, stir in cream or milk one tablespoon at a time until the consistency is what you want.
Pour the mixture into a fondue pot or small slow cooker to keep warm while you serve. Serve with a ladle of your choice!
Cheese Fondue Dipper Ideas:
Broccoli Asparagus Zucchini Carrots Cauliflower Cherry Tomatoes Peppers Celery Mushrooms Apples Pears Grapes French bread Multigrain bread Sourdough bread Soft or hard pretzels Tortellini
Chocolate fondue ladle:
Strawberries Bananas Pineapple Marshmallows Rice Krispie Treats Pound Cake
Calories: 1688kcal | Carbohydrates: 74G | Protein: 98G | Fat: 113G | Saturated fatty acids: 57G | Trans fat: 1G | Cholesterol: 434mg | Sodium: 1513mg | Fiber: 9G | Sugar: 54G