I'm not sure if there is any other dessert that gives off the "friends gathered around a campfire enjoying food and conversation", like fondue. I suppose the only other dessert would be s'mores because, well, you gather around a campfire and enjoy friends and conversation when you make s'mores.
Unless you make those suckers in the microwave. And if you haven't microwaved a marshmallow yet, you should. Just keep and eye on it. You'll know what I mean later.
My mom made this fondue a year or so ago, and it became one of Justin's favorite desserts. It's mine too, of course, but I like almost any dessert. Justin is a little bit pickier with his sweet tooth.
It really can be considered a "pantry" dessert, since you probably have all the items for the fondue already. All you need to buy are some "dippin's".
1 stick of butter
6 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup vanilla ice cream ( I prefer Breyers Homemade Vanilla)
Melt butter in a saucepan over low/medium heat. Add chocolate chips and sugar, and simmer until chips are melted and the sugar has broken down a bit (just a few minutes). Add vanilla and ice cream. Stir until well combined and warmed through.
You can also add some "mix in's" like crushed oreo or almonds.
Serve in a bowl with sides like bananas, strawberries, cream puffs, cookies, wafers, pound cake squares, kiwi, pineapple, and basically any other thing that goes with chocolate.