Ending the day with a warm and gooey bowl of chocolate to dip sweets in is incomparable. Fondue is such an underrated dessert, which is understandable considering that the only option seems to be an overpriced outing to The Melting Pot. However, it is probably one of the easiest and most delicious desserts to make at home. It can be made at home or even in a dorm room. The only appliance needed is a microwave and a medium-sized bowl and spatula or spoon to stir are necessary. The ingredients needed to make this tasty treat are semisweet chocolate chips, bittersweet chocolate chips, heavy cream and peanut butter (optional). Also, make sure to have plenty of foods to dip. I recommend marshmallows, pound cake, bananas, Oreos, Milano cookies, brownies, strawberries, rice crispies and graham crackers. However, anything that you think would taste good in chocolate is fair game. Salty snacks, contrasted with the sweetness of the chocolate, taste great . Before making the fondue, arrange all of the dippers on a serving platter to have ready to dip when the chocolate is finished. All the fruit should be sliced, and I recommend cubing the pound cake and other baker items to make dipping them in the chocolate easier. Arrange anything that doesn’t need to be cut nicely on the platter next to the prepared fruit and baked goods. The first step to making fondue is to measure out 5 oz. of the semisweet chocolate chips and 5 oz. of the bittersweet chips into the serving bowl. Next, pour 3/4 of heavy cream over the chocolate chips. Place the cream and chips into the microwave and set the timer for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, take the bowl out and stir the mixture. Continue to microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate and heavy cream are completely mixed and smooth. Once smooth, add two heaping spoonfuls, or desired amount, of peanut butter to the chocolate and mix until combined. The chocolate can be saved and reheated in the microwave, but it is best to enjoy it hot. The bowl will be warm, so be careful handling it in order not to spill the chocolate everywhere. Place the bowl on the table next to the prepared dippers. The fondue can be enjoyed with forks, toothpicks or even fingers. I recommend toothpicks because they make skewering the food easy and allow maximum coverage in the chocolate. Also, make sure to have small serving plates handy to catch any of the dripping chocolate. This recipe creates the richest and most indulgent dessert. The bittersweet and semisweet chocolate combination creates a smooth and fudgy coating that enhances the taste of whatever you decide to dip in it. The peanut butter swirled into the chocolate provides an extra layer of lusciousness to the chocolate as a subtle undertone. Fondue is the perfect social dessert to share with friends and family. It is a dessert that can be made together — everyone can pitch in to help chop the fruit and cube the pound cake. It is even more enjoyable to eat with company because the delicious chocolate automatically creates a pleasant atmosphere. This homemade recipe costs around $30 total, depending on the food that is used to dip in the chocolate. Split among four to five friends, this is a considerable reduction to the price of a serving of chocolate fondue at The Melting Pot of $9.95 plus tip. To reduce the cost even more, try dipping things you already have in the pantry — crackers, potato chips, leftover Mellow Mushroom pizza, who knows? The possibilities of this dessert are truly limitless. It can be made with white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semisweet or bittersweet. You name it. If chocolate isn’t what you’re craving, then try a cheese fondue recipe for a more savory option. Or even make both. Whatever the decision, fondue is a fun and creative way to cook for the evening. It’s the perfect escape from a hectic week of assignments and studying to unwind and enjoy the soothing company of friends and chocolate.