Chocolate Plunge

 With three kids there are weeks that simply fly by!

While I love to surprise my kids with a special dessert sometimes, there are nights when there just isn’t a lot of time to be super creative.

This chocolate dip is a perfect weeknight treat, but it’s also luxurious enough to entertain with. And it’s a great way to get your children to eat a lot of fruit.

It comes together faster than you can cut up the fruit to dip in it too! Who doesn’t need a few of those recipes!?

The only real secret to the recipe is the chocolate. DO NOT use chocolate chips or baker’s chocolate from baking aisle at the store (in fact I never recommend that). Milk chocolate is a little too sweet for this particular recipe, so you want to aim for 60-75% cacao. I use Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Dark Chocolate because it’s easy to find and really affordable for a good quality chocolate. If you need some other suggestions, check out my favorites.

Chocolate Plunge
Recipe from Pepperidge Farm

⅔ light corn syrup
½ c. heavy cream
8 oz. Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Dark Chocolate
Assorted fruits and/or snacks to dip, such as green apples, oranges, strawberries, pineapple, pretzels, pound cake cubes

In a medium saucepan, combine corn syrup and heavy cream and bring to a light simmer over medium heat.

Remove from the heat and add chocolate; stir until completely melted.

Serve warm.

*Notes: This can be made ahead of time and easily reheated before serving. It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

Hope you find the time for a special weeknight surprise of your own!

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Comments

  1. 1

    I’ll bet Dudette and Hubby would have a blast with this dessert. And you’re right; it is a great way to get kids to eat fruit too! Thanks for a fantastic idea.

  2. 2

    This looks so good. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with the various European chocolates I can get from here.

  3. 4

    Mmmmm…. you had me at “Chocolate.” 😀

  4. 5

    I LOVE the name of this recipe :-) Yum!

  5. 6

    Can I dip my fruit in there? This looks killer, yummy

  6. 8

    Love the name of this dessert! It looks so simple and delicious. There’s nothing I love more than molten chocolate!

  7. 9

    Honestly I don’t think I would bother with the fruit. Just give me a spoon and I would dig right it. And that chocolate is my favorite. I just got several bars at Whole Food this weekend.

  8. 11

    Trying this ASAP, Jen. I wish we were neighbors so you could share. It looks incredible!

  9. 13

    YUM, what a great way to feel like you are indulging!

  10. 14

    Mmmmm love the sound of this!

  11. 15

    This looks like the nectar of the chocolate Gods. Plus the name is so inviting! 😀

  12. 16

    Ohhh yum! That sounds so delicious,and such a good way to enjoy healthy fruit. Great recipe!

  13. 17

    I don’t have any problem getting my kids to eat fruit, but this would sure be a fun treat. I love watching them eat good-for-them foods.

  14. 18

    I completely agree – milk chocolate is far too sweet to pair with fruit (or much of anything in my book). I can’t remember the last time I used it for anything – I seem to gravitate to semi-sweet if I want something sweeter than dark chocolate…

  15. 20

    This looks so rich and wonderful – way to make me feel like a midnight plunge 😉
    Delicious delicious delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  16. 21

    Mmm this sounds like a perfect snack! I need to start understanding that there are sweets that don’t take hours to put together & bake. I’d be all over this bowl!

  17. 22

    Lovely pudding–and Scharffen Berger chocolate is always a great choice!

  18. 24

    I love dipping fruit in chocolate!! YUM!

  19. 25

    Definitely a spoonable dessert! Yum!

  20. 26

    oooh chocolate fondue!! I guess all that healthy fruit helps to cancel out all the ‘sinfulness’ of chocolate 😉

  21. 28

    Simple and DELICIOUS! Give me a bowl, please! :)

  22. 29

    My children are happy as long as the dessert has “chocolate” in it. 😉 This is easy AND healthy (fruits!) dessert option. I still can’t imagine how my life would be with 3 kids at home. It’ll be fun, but I will be more…stressed and tired? lol. You are such an amazing mom!

    • 30

      Thanks Nami. There are definitely days when I’m stressed, but it has gotten much easier as they’ve gotten older and more self-sufficient. Thank goodness!

  23. 31

    I can imagine how time flies for you! What a treat this is, taking a chocolate plunge.

  24. 32

    “baker’s chocolate from baking aisle at the store” – yuck, totally agree. My mother used to use that and then saw the light and bought decent stuff ever since. Is baker’s chocolate even real “chocolate”? I don’t think so, right?

    I love the look of this – do you know what I can use instead of corn syrup though? We don’t have it in Europe.

    • 33

      If only we could be so lucky as to not have it in the states! I would try honey or agave nectar – it would probably need less. You’re just looking for something to balance the bitterness of the chocolate and the richness of the cream and to give it a texture that will allow it to stay pliable and dippable for awhile.

      • 34

        Regarding this – I had to come back so I didn’t appear quite as silly… I’ve been reading an article today which talks about baker’s chocolate. Apparently, it would seem, that in the US/Canada baker’s chocolate is something else to what I’m familiar with here. Baker’s chocolate in the US is chocolate made from pure cacao, right? I’ve only ever heard it called “100%” chocolate, because it has no sugar or milk added at all. Baker’s chocolate in the UK is some nasty cheap, imitation chocolate, usually made with carob.

        Hope everything’s going well with you Jen :)

        • 35

          There are a couple of kinds of baking chocolate here in the states – there’s usually a semi-sweet, bittersweet, and an unsweetened. If you buy them in the baking aisle they’re really cheap quality and have kind of a strong bitter (in a bad way) taste and a somewhat grainy texture – could be they’re made with carob (I’ve never actually looked). I don’t recommend them for anything! Most people who didn’t like it would substitute chocolate chips – but as I’m sure you know some brands don’t melt well.

          About a year or two ago, big companies like Nestles and Ghirardelli decided they should market a bar specifically for baking which can often be found with the baking stuff, and sometimes by the candy. I’m not a huge fan of the Nestles ones by any stretch. Ghirardelli are pretty good, but I still recommend using a really good quality chocolate when it’s the star of the show. Scharffen Berger is a US made chocolate which is really easy to find now, pretty affordable, and really good in just about any application. Don’t know if you have that one across the pond or not…

          Thanks for the well wishes!

  25. 36

    I would totally plunge right into this bowl of deliciousness!

  26. 37

    What a treat!

  27. 38

    Ooohhh, all the things that you could dip into this…yum Jen!

  28. 39

    Oh, Jen….YUM! It looks deliciously decadent! Your photos are stunning!

  29. 40

    I have a baking chocolate on my fridge and some fruits too. I guess this is perfect for tonight’s dessert.

  30. 41

    A great dip for some fresh berries!

  31. 42

    Ah, I was wondering what a chocolate plunge was, now it all makes sense!

  32. 43

    The guys in my family would love this…and I’d be happy to provide lots of luscious fruit for dipping!

  33. 44

    my kids love dipping anything in chocolate and this one looks super yummy :)

  34. 45

    Hi Jen,
    This looks like a quick and delicious treat! It’s a great way of getting your kids to eat their fruits too. I am sure my daughter will love this.

  35. 46

    Ooh! Love how easy it is to put this together!

  36. 47

    Oooh this looks delish!!

  37. 48

    I could swim in this!

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