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Everything must be dipped in chocolate - what foods should we dip?
January 2, 2012 12:43 PM   Subscribe

Everything must be dipped in chocolate at my upcoming party. What foods, besides the usual (fruit, marshmallows, baked goods), should I offer for chocolate-dipping at a morning family event where many young kids will be present? Probably using standard milk chocolate in both a chocolate fountain and a chocolate fondue.
posted by blahblahblah to Food & Drink (42 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
Bacon.
posted by KathrynT at 12:44 PM on January 2, 2012 [6 favorites]


More chocolate: Oreos
posted by jquinby at 12:46 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Apples, strawberries, French bread, angel food cake work well. If you can find those luxury wafer/roll things (frequently called Piroulines), they're also very dippable.

I do not recommend carrots and celery in dip. Not tasty in fondue, somehow.
posted by jenfullmoon at 12:48 PM on January 2, 2012


Something crunchy and salty like pretzel rods and/or potato chips.
posted by dlugoczaj at 12:48 PM on January 2, 2012 [11 favorites]


Nuts. And what about making some chilled lumps of nut butter/seeds/raisins to dip? Pretzels. Bagel chips.

Make little cracker "sandwiches" maybe? Crackers. I bet those sesame twist things they always have in bulk foods sections would be _delicious_ - I think they'd be like bacon with the umami only vegan.

What about candied ginger?
posted by Frowner at 12:48 PM on January 2, 2012


Nuts (handled with chopsticks). Edamame. Try some veggies (broccoli, carrots, celery).
posted by raztaj at 12:50 PM on January 2, 2012


Jalapeno Pringles dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with cayenne pepper, yum.
posted by zengargoyle at 12:52 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dried apricots.
posted by Ochre,Hugh at 12:57 PM on January 2, 2012


Maybe some big chunks of good granola. Yummay
posted by raztaj at 12:59 PM on January 2, 2012


Nuts are going to end up floating in that chocolate, if you entrust kids to use chopsticks. Just sayin'.

Pretzel rods are good for dipping. Anything small that can be skewered with a wooden stick--get the kids to put a grape on the end and Ta Da! Instant anchor to keep the small stuff from sliding off.

Huge strawberries are a must, if you can get them. Maybe the kids would want to peel bananas and skewer them, too.
posted by misha at 1:00 PM on January 2, 2012


Pretzel sticks = homemade Pocky.
frozen banana
posted by R. Mutt at 1:01 PM on January 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Hard cubes of ice cream, custard or pudding straight from the freezer. (This will be extra work on your part, sorry.)
posted by maudlin at 1:02 PM on January 2, 2012


Animal crackers.
posted by R. Mutt at 1:03 PM on January 2, 2012


Rice Crispies treats.
posted by Thorzdad at 1:04 PM on January 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


Popcorn. You could either make balls ahead of time, or string it in short section.
posted by kimdog at 1:04 PM on January 2, 2012


Dry fruit, fresh fruit, potato chips, bacon, pretzels, frozen fruit (frozen banana's on a stick would be delish), sweet biscuts/cookies or small squares of different cakes.
posted by wwax at 1:04 PM on January 2, 2012


Definitely whitebait.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 1:06 PM on January 2, 2012


Graham Crackers.
posted by R. Mutt at 1:06 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Churros.
posted by HandfulOfDust at 1:09 PM on January 2, 2012


Get the squeezable yogurt tubes that they sell for kids & freeze them solid. (we do this in the summer as a form of freezer pop.)
posted by R. Mutt at 1:09 PM on January 2, 2012


Sourdough bread is especially delicious in melted chocolate.
posted by argonauta at 1:13 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


A restaurant I used to go to included small slices of pound cake with their chocolate fondue. Really good.

(Also, if you do have nuts and seeds, it would be super considerate of you to restrict them to their own pot of chocolate, so they don't contaminate all the chocolate for allergic people. I'd be sad if I had all those delicious choices in front of me, but couldn't have any chocolate on them b/c nuts & seeds had been in it.)
posted by DestinationUnknown at 1:16 PM on January 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


Salt and vinegar kettle-type chips.
posted by goo at 1:26 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Candied chili peppers.

Chili mango. I think most prepared chili mango also has some sour flavor added, probably whatever it is they add to candy to make that sour. I think the chili mango would be a good dipping candidate either way.
posted by stuart_s at 1:34 PM on January 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


If the kids are adventurous, and good sports, dried crickets or grasshoppers are excellent. They're eaten all the time in Mexico.
posted by KRS at 1:37 PM on January 2, 2012


Salty crackers (eg, Triscuits).
posted by janell at 1:46 PM on January 2, 2012


Cake pop 'blanks', either homemade or donut-holes-on-sticks variety. Ladyfingers. Whole kiwis. Nthing the dried fruits. Turkish Delight. Waffles.
posted by pink candy floss at 1:47 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Stem ginger!
posted by fearnothing at 2:04 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Pretzels, nuts (especially hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, and macadamia nuts - but do toast them first - and ensure that there are no allergies because one nut will contaminate the entire batch of chocolate), pound cake.
posted by plinth at 2:12 PM on January 2, 2012


My family has discovered the joy of chocolate-dipped peanut butter cheese crackers sandwiches, the bright orange kind, provided there are no kids with nut allergies at e party. But buy a box of 16 packs of 6 crackers etc, as they will go fast... A wonderful albeit junky combination.
posted by ulotrichous at 2:18 PM on January 2, 2012


Also n'thing chiles. On my way from work on the bus Christmas, I shared around a Lindt chili dark chocolate bar with the driver and some other passengers, and it went over like gangbusters. And I do NOT live in a town with much culinary experimentation.
posted by Samizdata at 2:23 PM on January 2, 2012


Saltines!
posted by ethnomethodologist at 3:44 PM on January 2, 2012


Peppermint patties could be done like this. All you need is the delicious middle part, here's a recipe I made quite successfully: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-covered-peppermint-patties/detail.aspx

Oddly enough, the middle (of that recipe) is mashed potatoes and confectioner's sugar. It works!

Also, the same thing but with balls of peanut butter/confectioner's sugar, optionally with graham-cracker crumbs mixed in. Cooled a bit, I'd think, to stay nice and strong.
posted by Invoke at 3:47 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Chilled squares of cheesecake.
posted by Bella Sebastian at 3:48 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Candied orange peel (or lemon peel, or even grapefruit peel). Easy to make, and delicious even without the chocolate!
Apple slices or orange sections. Cherries with stems (either plain or maraschino). Graham crackers. Vanilla wafers. Heck, just go down the cookie aisle and see what grabs your fancy.
If you're willing to try frozen stuff, how about popsicles?
posted by easily confused at 4:45 PM on January 2, 2012


Lots of young kids? Mini-cupcakes on sticks. You can put fruit on sticks too. Provide colorful sprinkles to roll the dipped foods in.
posted by chickenmagazine at 6:54 PM on January 2, 2012


Peanut butter and Ritz Cracker sandwiches.
posted by crunchland at 7:09 PM on January 2, 2012


Bugles! Dip the open side, not the point. It's delicious. Also, wavy Lays chips.
posted by cp311 at 7:14 PM on January 2, 2012


Chocolate! Pieces of dark chocolate dipped in chocolate are kind of awesome.
posted by oranger at 9:46 PM on January 2, 2012


Put out some shredded coconut and crushed hazelnuts out for dipping into after the chocolate.
posted by vitabellosi at 3:28 AM on January 3, 2012


Potato chips. Ruffles work particularly well.
posted by radioamy at 3:51 PM on January 3, 2012


Pickles, pat them dry first so the chocolate sticks. It's really good.
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 4:49 PM on January 3, 2012


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