{love this} gingerbread fondue family night with Velata

With the holidays right around the corner (Did that trigger a “yikes!” for anyone else?!), I am always on the look out for fun activities for our family!  No snowman building, sledding or snow ball fights here in Florida :)

I was able to try out a Velata fondue warmer (in maraschino, pretty much the perfect red!), so when some of our family came in from Ohio to visit this weekend, I knew it was the perfect time to host a family gingerbread themed fondue night!! 

We used the Velata warmer, Velata milk chocolate  (they have milk, white, dark and caramel milk chocolate) and some yummy gingerbread themed dippers:

Aren’t the apple slices adorable?  I used our mandoline to slice an apple and then cut out the core with gingerbread shaped mini cookie cutters … these were definitely a hit!

Following the easy instructions, I microwaved the Velata chocolate for a minute, smooshed it a little in the bag, popped it back in the microwave for 15 more seconds and poured it into the pre-warmed Velata warmer.  Look how cute … the light made little hearts on our wall :)

And then we commenced to dip … and dip … and dip!!!  The gingerbread marshmallows were a favorite and the apple slices were pretty ah-mazing!!  The dippers were perfect for little hands :)

The chocolate stayed perfectly melty, the Velata warmer never got too hot to touch and I love that you can save leftover chocolate (Huh?  What’s that?!  Ha ha!) in the silicone basin and just microwave it when you are ready to use it again!  Genius!

Yep, this might just be my new favorite thing … hmmm … now what else can I find to dip in this chocolate?!  Do you have any favorite fondue dippers … I’d love to hear yours!

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  1. You are so clever coming up with all that and it looks great – could you pretty please come and visit my kitchen?

  2. Oh I do love chocolate and ginger together! Gotta find those marshmallows!

  3. Yum! I love fondue! I need to pull out my fondue pot from the depths of the cabinets now to try what you made!

  4. That looks tasty and fun!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. That’s so awesome! Wow… What cutie cute marshmallows, too!

  6. Yum!! Fabulous idea! I wanna come next time..looks so sweet!

  7. That red IS the perfect red!! It looks great with your blog colors, too! I adore the apple slices with gingerbread cut outs. Amazing and super creative! Great idea for a party!

  8. Yum!! My family will love this.

  9. What a great idea and also something different! I found you through Crazy for Crust’s link party! I can be found at http://www.asweetbaker.com Have a great week :)

  10. I wish I was your family from Ohio (I am actually from Ohio)!! I would’ve have loved this feast! I love the apple cut outs! This is so fun!

  11. What fun! Love the gingerbread apple cutouts! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  12. I love gingerbread……everything looks soo yummy! I would love to have you share this at my party!!


  13. Yum! What a delightful party! I love all of the ideas and especially all the little cute gingerbread men!

  14. This looks delicious. I am visiting you via Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Happy Holidays. Anu

  15. Sweet! I’ve never seen this warmer. It looks simple to use. Everything sounds so yummy!
    Kindest regards,

  16. That is a great idea for a family nigh! My kind of night, full of cookies and chocolate :) Love how you cut out the apples too!

  17. What a fantastic idea. I won a melting pot and haven’t used it yet. My kids would LOVE this!

  18. I’ve actually never done fondue but I’ve always really wanted to! Your warmer it adorable also! I want one like that :)

  19. I have a Velata warmer too….thanks for the great idea :)

  20. Love fondue! I like dipping in mini rice krispie treats. Those are my favorites. You can’t go wrong with bananas or strawberries either, though. Love the way you did your apples!

    Lauren from http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  21. WOW, I have got to do this with my family. I can just imagine the girls faces when I pull out a fondue pot of chocolate and plates full of cookies. What a great idea to make it a family night activity. I would really love for you to share this on our Made by or for Kids Linky http://wemadethat.blogspot.com/2012/12/we-made-that-linky-17.html And thanks so much for sharing this, I am so doing it with my family!

  22. Mmmm, I tried Velata at SNAP last year, and it was delicious! I’m loving your cute gingerbread apple slices, how cute! Had to pin.:) Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday!

  23. So cute! I love this!

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