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The reservations website Open Table recently released its list of the nation’s 50 most romantic restaurants, and La Fondue and Simply Fondue in California, The Melting Pot franchise (with locations across the U.S., and in Edmonton), and the Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant in Colorado all made the cut. The list was compiled from four million reviews submitted by 10,000 diners across the country.
What makes fondue so romantic? Is it those long forks that, with some imagination, bear a passing resemblance to Cupid’s arrow? Is it the boozy cheese that stretches from pot to plate? Is it the very act of eating from a single vessel, or engaging in a fencing duel, while attempting to pilfer your partner’s hunk of bread?
Of course not. What makes fondue romantic is all the kissing—you know, when someone’s bread slides off the fork and into the pot.
And chocolate fondue? The Food Timeline reveals the following: “According to Jane and Michael Stern (American Gourmet, 1991), it was dreamed up in the Madison Avenue test kitchens of the Switzerland Association to promote Toblerone Swiss chocolate.”
Happily, that doesn’t make it taste any less good.