Easy Chocolate Fondue Recipe is the perfect dessert paired with fresh fruit and pound cake for a cozy night with your friends and family members.
“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” – Katherine Hepburn
There’s something magical about fondue. Whether you save this recipe for a special date with your significant other, use it for your next potluck gathering, or make an easy and fun dessert for your family – it is guaranteed to make everyone happy.
This recipe is very easy to prepare and has the perfect consistency for fondue dip. It has that hard-to-find creamy taste that’s just right.
What is Chocolate Fondue?
According to Vocabulary.com, chocolate fondue is chocolate melted with milk or cream for dipping fruits and an assortment of other items.
Everything tastes better when you add a bit of chocolate. Adding melted chocolate to treats makes them even more special.
The word “fondue” is French. It comes from a verb that means “to melt.”
History of Chocolate Fondue:
Cheese fondue was thought to originate in 18th century Switzerland, but chocolate fondue didn’t start until the 1950s in New York City.
The inventor of chocolate fondue had a restaurant called Chalet Suisse, according to prudys.com. His chocolate fondue had chocolate, cream, and a type of cherry brandy.
The first restaurant that featured fondue as the main menu was The Melting Pot and that chain was started in 1975.
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How to Host a Chocolate Fondue Party:
1) National Chocolate Fondue Day is February 5th. Why not throw an annual party to celebrate?
2) Make sure you have a large enough pot for the number of guests you have. You can also have multiple pots for different types of fondue.
3) Serve cheese fondue and chocolate fondue to tantalize your guest’s taste buds.
4) To save money and time, make your fondue party a potluck party. Give everyone a couple of things they can bring to ease the burden on you.
5) Make sure you have enough fondue forks for everyone and a few extra if someone drops one.
6) Have a variety of what to eat with chocolate fondue in an array of colors for a visual feast as well as a tasty one.
7) Cut up everything before everyone arrives to make things easier on everyone.
8) Place food on platters for easy access and have a few small tongs handy on the platters.
9) Make sure you use high-quality chocolate for your fondue recipe. You wouldn’t want to go through all this trouble for so-so tasting chocolate fondue.
Tips for using your chocolate fondue pot:
1) You want to use fondue forks for your dinner. Using these specially designed forks helps prevent burns and from fingers touching the chocolate.
2) Make sure you keep the chocolate fondue warm, otherwise the chocolate will solidify quickly.
How to Make Chocolate Fondue Recipe:
Ingredients for Chocolate Fondue Recipe:
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 oz (Make sure it’s not evaporated milk)
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Directions for Making Chocolate Fondue Recipe:
1) In a heavy saucepan, melt the chocolate chips, butter, condensed milk, and water over medium-high heat.
2) Stir the mixture constantly until thickened, for about 5 minutes. Make sure the fondue doesn’t boil.
3) Remove from heat. Add vanilla and a pinch of salt.
4) Serve chocolate fondue with a variety of fondue dippers. (See below.)
Printable Version of Chocolate Fondue Recipe:
- 1 1/4 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (Make sure it's not evaporated milk!)
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- In a heavy saucepan, melt the chocolate chips, butter, condensed milk, and water over medium-high heat.
- Stir the mixture constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes. Make sure the fondue doesn't boil.
- Remove from heat. Add the vanilla extract and pinch of sea salt.
- Serve the fondue with a variety of dippers.
Tips for making this Chocolate Fondue Recipe:
1) Keep the fondue warm otherwise, it will solidify quickly. Invest in a fondue pot like this one on Amazon.
2) When using fruit for chocolate fondue dippers, make sure to pat the fruit pieces dry for optimal coating.
3) Some fruit will brown easily; drizzle those fruit pieces with lemon if you won’t be using immediately or soak in a lemon-lime soda.
4) To add depth to your chocolate fondue, try switching the teaspoon of vanilla extract with one to three teaspoons of Cognac, Kahlua, rum, or Bailey’s Irish Cream.
5) Add crushed peppermint candies to the top of this fondue as a Christmas garnish.
6) If the mixture is too thick, add some heavy cream for a thinner texture.
7) Leftover fondue can be used to drizzle over ice cream.
8) Add nuts and caramel sauce to make turtle fondue.
9) For a sweeter fondue, mix half milk chocolate chips and half semi-sweet chips instead.
10) For a less sweet fondue, mix half bittersweet chocolate chips and half semi-sweet chips instead.
11) The higher quality of chocolate chips you use in this recipe, the better the taste will be.
Chocolate Fondue Recipe Dipper Ideas:
Chocolate Fondue Recipe Dipper Ideas #1 – Homemade marshmallows
You also use store-bought marshmallows – but homemade is better.
When you make homemade marshmallows, you can cut them out into fun shapes like stars, moons, or hearts.
Chocolate Fondue Dipper Idea #2 – Fresh berries
Berries are some of the most things to dip in you chocolate fondue recipe. You can never go wrong with strawberries.
Raspberries, blackberries, marionberries, blueberries, boysenberries, Tayberries, and Loganberries are other options.
Chocolate Fondue Recipe Dipper Idea #3 – Tropical fruits
Bananas, pineapple, kiwi, dragon fruit, papaya, fresh coconut chunks, and mangos are just some of the ideas to try.
Chocolate Fondue Dipper Idea #4 – Other fruits
Pears, oranges, figs, apples, cherries, Maraschino cherries, seedless grapes, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon are just some ideas.
Make sure you try green apples. The tartness of these low-sugar fruits and chocolate is an amazing duo.
Chocolate Fondue Recipe Dipper Idea #5 – Dried Fruits
Dried apricots, bananas, dates, figs, cranberries, pineapple, and apples all make great dippers for this fondue recipe.
Chocolate Fondue Dipper Idea #6 – Cake
Cake and chocolate naturally go together. There’s something so decadent about dipping a piece of pound cake into chocolate fondue. Add a roaring fireplace in the background and your own mini-heaven.
Cubed Angel Food Cake, sponge cake, carrot cake, Red Velvet cake, chocolate cake, and cheesecake can all be used to dip into your homemade chocolate fondue.
Chocolate Fondue Recipe Dipper Idea #7 – Brownies and bars
Adding melted chocolate to brownies is quite the culinary treat. Why stop at brownies to dip in chocolate fondue?
How about rice cereal squares, seven-layer bars, lemon bars, blondie bars, pumpkin bars, and peanut butter bars?
Chocolate Fondue Dipper Idea #8 – Cookies
Cookies are the perfect answer when you’re asking what to dip in chocolate fondue? The problem will be deciding what type of cookies to use.
Shortbread, peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sandwich cookies, vanilla wafers, oatmeal raisin cookies, snickerdoodles, ginger snaps, meringue, and even fortune cookies are ideas that will make your dessert worthy of a delicious evening.
Chocolate Fondue Recipe Dipper Idea #10 – Granola bars & Biscotti
You know biscotti, and granola bars taste amazing dipped in coffee – but adding a little chocolate gives them the “wow” factor.
I always use almond biscotti as one of my dippers. It’s something that everyone loves.
Chocolate Fondue Dipper Idea #11 – Pretzels & Potato Chips
The saltiness of potato chips and the sweetness of chocolate are the perfect pair. Make sure you get sturdy potato chips to use so they hold up well when dipped in chocolate.
Chocolate Fondue Dipper Recipe Idea #12 – Peanut Brittle
For those of you that like things extra sweet – peanut brittle and chocolate will satisfy your sweet tooth. The saltiness of the peanuts will add an extra yum to the combination.
For more ideas on how to have an amazing chocolate fondue recipe set up, here are some things I found on Amazon:
Did you know the famous Melting Pot restaurant chain put out their own cookbook?
The cookbook has fondue recipes, salad recipes, cocktails, and sauces. One reviewer suggested making sure you tried the “Love Martini.”
I have to say before reading any fondue cookbook, you might want to find your fondue pot because you’re going to want to get started creating your masterpieces immediately.
The Essential Fondue cookbook has 75 gooey recipes to try. It looks like you’ll be pretty busy testing them for “quality control!”
If you’re looking for a nice chocolate fondue recipe pot, take a look at the Oster Electric Fondue Pot.
I hope these ideas will help you create a beautiful meal for your friends and family. Fondue gatherings are among the best cozy dining ideas we can create at home.
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