Easy (and Best) Chocolate Fondue Recipe
Every New Year's Eve, our family tradition has always been to have a family fondue party as we watch movies, do fun activities, and then tune into the New Year's Eve celebrations on television.
The buzzing around the house about the upcoming fondue fest usually begins a day or so after Christmas as the kids start thinking about their favorite treat of the year. The thoughts of chocolate-dipped fruits and cheese-dipped bread cubes make their mouths water, and they are always reminding me not to forget to get this dipper or that.
While this recipe is great for a New Year's Eve party, it's great for birthday parties, adult gatherings, Valentine's Day, or just because!
So, I share with you our favorite recipe for chocolate fondue in hopes that it will become a favorite chocolate treat with your family, too!
- 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
- 1/4 cup Heavy Cream, additional, reserved, use if needed
- 1 bag Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, 10oz
- 2 tablespoons Kirsch, Frangelico, or Amaretto liqueur, optional, use less if desired
- Fondue Dippers (See Below)
- In a heavy, non-reactive saucepan (stainless steel works great), heat 1/2 cup of the heavy cream over medium heat. Just when it reaches a low boil, remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Pour the chocolate chips into the hot cream and allow the chocolate to begin melting. This should take about 4-5 minutes. When most of the chocolate has softened, stir with a whisk or a spoon, mixing the chocolate and cream together.
- If you are planning to add the liqueur, you may stir it in at this time. An alternate to the liqueur is to use a teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract.
- If the fondue seems too thick, you may stir in a little more cream—a tablespoon should be sufficient. Save the rest of the cream to thin the chocolate if over the course of the evening it begins to get too thick, a tablespoon at a time.
- You may now transfer the fondue to a fondue pot and arrange your dippers in small bowls or other serving pieces near the chocolate.
- Serve with fondue forks or wooden skewers and enjoy the smiles you'll see!
Fondue Dippers That Work Great With Chocolate
Choose from several dippers that pair great with chocolate from the selection below! Let the entire family be involved in selecting their favorite(s). Our family enjoys them all, so we include many of the ones listed.
- Pineapple chunks
- Fresh strawberries
- Banana slices
- Apple slices
- Kiwi slices
- Tangerine slices
- Pound cake that has been cubed
- Marshmallows (the mini-ones are less messy with the kids)
- Pretzel rods (they tend to work better than the small pretzels)
- Thick-cut potato chips (for those who like that combination)
Whatever the combination you choose, they will be a hit! When cutting fresh fruit, make the slices thick enough that they will stay on the fondue fork, but not so thick that they won't fit into your mouth. Strawberries can be kept whole. Since I'm just serving to the family, I usually cut the stem part off the strawberries, but you can keep them on in you prefer.
Chocolate Fondue Trivia
- Although fondues are traditionally served in a special fondue pot, it is not necessary to use one. Serve it in anything that can be reheated, if necessary, either on the stove or in the microwave—stirring constantly, of course, so it doesn't burn on the bottom.
- Did you know that chocolate fondue is a concoction created right here in the United States? It was first introduced at a no-longer-around New York restaurant called the Chalet Suisse.
- Toblerone (one of my favorite chocolate bars) was the original chocolate for chocolate fondue.
Helpful Fondue Tips
- Stir the chocolate fondue occasionally to be sure that the bottom does not burn from the heat of the candle.
- To save on prep-time, use fresh pre-cut fruits available in the produce section of most grocery stories.
- Have lots of napkins ready for the kids as they're most likely to have some great chocolate smiles!
- We occasionally have some of this delicious chocolate sauce left over, but it doesn't go to waste. Simply let it cool and then cover, and refrigerate and if you're looking for something sweet to snack on in the next few days, simply heat it back up by warming the container either in a hot water bath or in the microwave!
What is Your Favorite Dipper?
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© 2013 Keely Deuschle