The best way to make the very best chocolate fondue
Fondues seem like a relic of a different era when your parents (or grandparents) rocked polyester pant suits and talked about the Watergate scandal while dipping bread cubes in pots of cheese or chocolate. But this retro recipe group needs to make a comeback. The best place to start? With a dessert chocolate fondue recipe, of course.
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If you’re looking for some romantic dinner ideas, there are some simple things like steak, lobster tails, and baked potatoes. But after you’ve put in a ton of effort cooking dinner and making drinks, you may just want a simple chocolate dessert option where a simple chocolate fondue comes in handy.
How to make a chocolate fondue
Making a chocolate fondue is as easy as a double boiler. Simmer a few inches of water in a medium-sized saucepan, then place a non-reactive bowl (glass or metal) on top of the saucepan. Heat 1 cup of heavy cream, then stir in 12 ounces of chocolate chips. After the chocolate has melted completely, add a dash of vanilla and place in a fondue pot on low heat! As simple as that.
But wait, I don’t have a fondue pot!
That’s OK. If you don’t have a fondue pot, you can simply store the chocolate mixture in the bowl you heated it in. You might want to add a little more cream to make it a little thinner so it doesn’t set but dip other than that. When the chocolate starts to solidify, you can put it in the microwave for a few seconds. If you don’t have fondue forks, you can use skewers or regular forks instead.
Here’s how to take your chocolate fondue to the next level
Chocolate fondues can be very easy with the basic combination of chocolate, cream, and vanilla, but there are easy ways to enhance the flavors. If it’s an adult-only affair, swap the vanilla for a few tablespoons of the liquor of your choice. Coffee liqueur, amaretto, cherry liqueur, crème de menth, Grand Marnier or even cognac give fondues depth.
For extra alcohol-free flavor, add a few dashes of espresso powder or the peel of an orange along with a few tablespoons of fresh orange juice.
If you’re entertaining kids, add a few sprinkles to your fondue pot for a fun pop of color (and extra sugar, of course).
Chocolate fondue ladle ideas
Playing with your food is the best part of the chocolate fondue. So get creative with your dipper. Sliced fruits like strawberries, oranges, kiwi, apples, pears and other berries are classic. You can make your fruits a fun presentation by using fruit cutters to turn them into stars, hearts, or small animals.
If you’re in the baking mood, angel food cake, shortbread, and rice krispie treats are also great for dipping into chocolate. Or keep it simple and use marshmallows, caramels, pretzels, or graham crackers.
Easy chocolate fondue recipe
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate or white chocolate, whichever you prefer)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Sliced fruits (strawberries, bananas, raspberries, apples, pears, or whatever sounds good to you)
- Angel Food Cake, cut into 1-inch pieces
- Marshmallows, pretzels or graham crackers
Step 1: Make a double boiler by simmering a few inches of water in a medium saucepan. Add a heat-resistant metal or glass bowl on top of the pot, making sure that the bowl is secure and that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
Step 2: Let 1 cup of cream warm up in a water bath.
Step 3: Add 12 ounces of chocolate chips and stir quickly and constantly until the chocolate is completely melted.
Step 4: Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and stir until combined.
Step 5: Remove from heat and place in a fondue pot on the lowest setting.
Step 6: Have fun with your fondue! Sliced fruit, marshmallows, angel cake or whatever you like and dip in the fondue.