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Old 02-27-2010, 04:24 PM   #1
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Can fat-free half and half be used in fondue?

Firstly I realize that fondue is not a "brownie" or "dessert bar" but I really did not see any forum that mentioned something like fondue. So here goes.

I recently got a fondue set from Williams-Sonoma and it included a canister of chocolate to actually make fondue. On the ingredients, it lists the chocolate (provided) and says 1 cup heavy cream. I was just wondering... would using fat-free half-and-half be completely disastrous in this application? Or would it still be good but just less ... delicious? I suspected that maybe the fat in the cream is necessary with something to do with the chocolate, but I wasn't really too sure.

So should I definitely follow the instructions and use heavy cream or can I lighten it a little and use fat-free half and half?



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Old 02-27-2010, 05:16 PM   #2
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I'd stick with the heavy cream. Think of it as a special treat you don't enjoy every day.

Real half and half can't take heating without breaking. I have no idea what would happen with the fake stuff.

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Old 02-27-2010, 09:32 PM   #3
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many fat free dairy items are thickened with gelatin and do not hold up to heat...they separate.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:27 AM   #4
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Alright, thanks. I ended up making it with full fat heavy cream. It was so good!
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:57 AM   #5
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next time, give it a shot with regular milk. i've used it in a pinch for ganache with no problems.
let me make sure that wine's ok before i use it.
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:25 AM   #6
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try it and just see.........who knows it might actually work and do let us know the results.....best of luck........:):)

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