February 14, 2013
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Food to dip in a chocolate fountain

A Valentine’s and Presidents’ Day-inspired bar mitzvah treat!

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When people think of Valentine’s Day they think of three things 1) love 2) Hallmark 3) chocolate. And here at the Bar & Bat Mitzvah Guide, when we think of chocolate we think of one thing: fountain! Because, really, chocolate fountains are truly the cherry on top of the cavity-inducing dessert buffet present at every b’nai mitzvah.

But what kind of snacks should surround this cascading spring of sugary deliciousness? What treats are good for dipping?

We’re not entirely sure, but decided to look to next Monday’s holiday, Presidents’ Day, for inspiration. And — holy Ulysses S. Grant! — we found out that a few of our previous commander-in-chiefs loved snacks that pair perfectly with chocolate.

Here are some of our top picks that you can use as party-planning stimuli:

George Washington was a big fan of his wife’s recipe called “Martha Washington’s Great Cake.” It’s a zesty, citrusy-flavored cake for people who love to pair oranges with chocolate.

• Organic-eater John Quincy Adams was bananas for fresh fruit.

Martin Van Buren really dug “oysters and donuts.” WOW. We say skip the oysters. That is, unless you’re throwing a foodie-themed fete.

William Henry Harrison served pound cake at his inaugural ball. Now that’s a ton of love … and butter.

Andrew Johnson got all peppy for popcorn for all the salty-sweet lovers.

• Grover Cleveland loved himself some Snickerdoodle cookies. Now we just wonder how he’d feel about a labradoodle. Get a great recipe here!

Gerald Ford was wild for waffles with strawberries.

Jimmy Carter, who hailed from Georgia, loved himself some corn bread. He was also a peanut farmer and his love for nuts was so apparent, the White House pastry chef during his term created a signature cookie recipe for the 39th President that was packed full of pecans and peanuts.

Ronald Regan had quite a sweet tooth. He loved jellybeans, Monkey Bread, and Ronald Reagan loved “Nancy Reagan’s coconut macaroons.”

Bill Clinton loved Hillary’s chocolate chip cookies.

• Like Andrew Johnson, Barack Obama is a salty-sweet-dessert lover, and can’t get enough of Fran’s Smoked Salt Caramels, which are buttery caramels coated in milk chocolate and sprinkled with smoked sea salt. To honor our current commander-in-chief we suggest using caramels or your own, dipping them in your fountain, and then sprinkling with salt.

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