Easy Chocolate Fondue

Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 1 1/2 Cups
Recipe adapted from The Joy of Baking

***Can be made in advance, and refrigerated until ready to use. It will turn into a thick fudge substance when cold. When you are ready to use it just reheat for 30 seconds or so in the microwave. ***

1 1/2 C semi sweet chocolate chips
3 Tb butter, chopped
3 Tb brown sugar
1/2 C whipping cream
1/4 C milk (I used 2 %)
1 tsp vanilla

Ideas for dipping: 
Strawberries, bananas, pineapple, apples, cinnamon bears (hello!!), doughnut holes, brownies, pretzels, cookies, peanut butter-filled crackers, marshmallows, rice krispie treats, caramels, peanut brittle, biscotti, coconut macaroons, graham crackers, vanilla wafers...etc. :)  

1. Pour 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips into a small glass mixing bowl. 
2. Into a medium-sized sauce pan place 3 Tb packed brown sugar and 3 Tb chopped butter. 
3. Pour 1/2 C whipping cream and 1/4 C milk into the pan. 
4. Get it onto the stove and heat the mixture over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until the butter is melted and the sides start to bubble up. 
5. Pour the hot mixture over the top of the chocolate chips.
6. Let it sit together for about 5 minutes, allowing the chocolate to melt. Then gently stir. The chocolate will begin to incorporate into the liquid mixture. Be patient. It will look kind of funky at first. Just keep on stirring, keep on stirring. :) Should only take a minute or two and you will have a wonderful glossy delight on your hands.
7. Serve immediately with anything you choose. If you have a fondue pot to keep it warm, that would be great. It will thicken up as it starts to cool. Pop it into the microwave for 20-30 seconds and it will thin out for you.

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