Trail Chef: No-Burn Chocolate Fondue

A fast, simple way to make silky fondue that's easy to clean

Camping cookbooks and websites (including this one) often give delicious, exotic recipes for making chocolate fondue in the backcountry, but they all usually involve melting the chocolate in a pot over a stove. If you've tried this, you know this is quite messy. Inevitably, some of the chocolate burns to the bottom of the pot, which then requires industrial-strength cleaners (and Hulk Hogan-strength scrubbing) to scour off. By that time, you've almost forgotten how delectable the dessert was. 

But, dear chocophiles, there is a solution. Our senior associate photo editor, Genny, introduced me to this simple technique for melting the chocolate that is fast and easy to clean (just a wipe is all it takes), but without compromising flavor. When she first described it to me, I was skeptical. It didn't seem like it would work. But then, I tried it, and I am now a convert. Watch this how-to, and then wow your friends with this sweet magic trick.

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