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|Servings: 12 to 14|
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|% Daily Value*|
|Saturated Fat 18g||91%|
|dietary fiber 5g||16%|
|Total sugar 47g|
|Vitamin C 24 mg||120%|
|Calcium 58 mg||4%|
|iron 3 mg||16%|
|Potassium 390 mg||8th %|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories per day is used for general nutritional advice.|
(Nutritional information is calculated using an ingredients database and should be considered an estimate.)
Making fondue is surprisingly easy. All it takes is gently heating the cream, chocolate and some vanilla until melted and smooth, which takes less than 15 minutes. And you don't even need a fondue pot. Simply select your favorite brand of chocolate as taste is key to the finished dip. Then grab the scoops of your choice and get started!
This popular recipe makes enough for 12-14 people, but if you have a smaller group the recipe can easily be divided in half. And if you have an even larger group (and a big enough pot), you can certainly double it, too.
The best chocolate for fondue
Chocolate fondue can be prepared with it chocolate chips, chopped bars or blocks from Chocolateor chocolate waffles or slices.
This recipe requires dark chocolate, that contains at least 35 percent cocoa mass. It is the most versatile chocolate, used in all kinds of baking recipes. It is also excellent for simple eating.
If you are looking for a more intense chocolate flavor, you can use bittersweet chocolate instead of semi-sweet. Bittersweet chocolate also has at least 35 percent cocoa content. In Europe you could call it dark chocolate. It is usually (but not always) darker and less sweet than semi-sweet. It can also be used for baking and eating.
Fondue can also be prepared with it milk chocolate or White chocolate if you prefer your fondue sweet and mild.
Tip: watch out for the heat
When melting the chocolate, make sure the heat stays low – otherwise the chocolate may loosen, become gritty and burn easily.
What to dip in chocolate fondue
As for the ladles, you can dip all sorts of things in the fondue – you and your kids or friends can have quite a bit of fun figuring out what to serve with your chocolate bliss. Here are just a few ideas:
- Sliced fresh fruit such as bananas, apples and pears
- Orange segments
- Dried fruits like pitted dates
- Savory snacks like pretzels and potato chips
- Cake or banana bread cubes
- Butter cookies, biscotti or graham crackers
- Crunchy Rice Treats
How to serve chocolate fondue
If you have a fondue pot: Once you've prepared your fondue on the stove, put it in the fondue pot to keep it warm. If you have an electric fondue pot, you can prepare the fondue directly in the same pot – no decanting is necessary.
If you don't have a fondue pot: If you don't have a fondue pot, you can simply place the pot in which you prepared the fondue on a saucer on the table. Make everyone, especially children, aware that the pot is hot. If necessary, reheat it over very low heat. You can also use a slow cooker on the keep warm setting to keep fondue warm.
For the ladles: Find some great platters or cake stands to display your spoon choices and make sure you have skewers with you. If you have a fondue pot, it often comes with different colored skewers so everyone can keep track of who's who – or just have a few disposable wooden skewers ready.
“This chocolate fondue is to die for! It's amazing that such a luxurious treat is so easy to prepare. Just follow the recipe instructions and heat the chocolate very gently so it doesn't separate.” — Megan O. Steintrager
For the fondue:
2 cups whipped cream
24 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chipsor chopped semi-sweet candy bars (see tips)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Sliced Bananasapples or pears
Cake, or banana bread, cut into cubes
Cookies or graham crackers
Gather the ingredients.
If you have a fondue pot, prepare it according to the manufacturer's instructions and place it on the stand.
In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the cream until hot but not simmering.
Add the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
Pour the chocolate fondue into the fondue pot and place it on the stove.
Serve with your choice of ladles.
How to store leftover fondue
Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week. Reheat gently over very low heat.
Variations of chocolate fondue
- snap it up: When serving this fondue to adults, replace the vanilla extract with a liqueur of your choice. Frangelico, Cointreau and Chambord go perfectly with chocolate.
- let it soak: You can add flavors to your ganache by soaking various ingredients in the hot cream. After heating the cream, add the following: sachets of Earl Gray tea, roasted guajillo chilies, whole spices like cardamom pods, and a large handful of fresh mint. Leave for up to 1 hour, then strain the cream and reheat before stirring in the chocolate.
- add extract: Instead of vanilla extract, stir in 1 teaspoon of mint extract, orange extract, or rose water.
- Mix in the nut butter: Stir a large spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter into the hot cream along with the chocolate. You may need to add a splash of cream to fluff up the fondue.
- Make it a mocha: Stir 1 teaspoon of instant espresso powder or 1 shot of espresso into the fondue.