Chocolate fondue is a fun dessert for the holidays, Valentine’s Day, or even as an alternative to cake for a special occasion. But it’s simple enough to have any time of the year!
Chocolate fondue has been our New Year’s Eve treat since the early 70’s. As a family, we’d spend the two week Christmas break in Aspen, Colorado skiing. Every New Year’s Eve we’d go to the Tower Restaurant in Snowmass for a fondue supper. While I love the savory fondue, all my brother and I cared about was the dessert, which was always Chocolate Fondue! (This post was originally publish on
For many years The Tower Restaurant, which specialized in all kinds of fondue and delicious dipping sauces, was owned by John Denver. If we were lucky, we’d catch a glimpse of him coming or going.
What’s the best chocolate for fondue?
Some more reasonably priced brands are Ghirardelli and Guittard, and available in all grocery stores. I usually opt for semi-sweet chocolate, but you can certainly make it with milk or darker chocolate as well.
What do you dip in chocolate fondue?
This is the best part! Fruit, lots of fruit. This does make it feel like a slightly healthier option than most desserts.
It’s also completely gluten free if you stick with just the fruit. In addition to the fruit, small squares of pound cake are delicious! This recipe for gluten free pound cake is good, or you can purchase a store-bought pound cake.
Do you need a fondue pot to make chocolate fondue?
While a fondue pot is nice to have, you certainly do have to use one. I have a larger fondue pot that I use for cheese or beef fondue, but I prefer a smaller, ceramic pot which tends to keep the chocolate from burning. You can also serve it in a ceramic bowl or in a double boiler filled with hot water.
How do you make chocolate fondue?
This is a super easy recipe! Just heat heavy cream until it begins to bubble, then slowly stir in chopped chocolate until smooth.
If it’s too thick, add more warm cream until desired consistency in reached. It’s best to make it just before serving, so have all the fondue dippers washed and ready to go before you start the fondue.
Chocolate Fondue for 8
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 pint strawberries
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 banana sliced
- 1 cup pineapple cubed
- 1 kiwi sliced
- 1 tangerine sections
- Heat cream in a double boiler over a medium heat. When cream starts to bubble, turn it very low and add chopped chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Serve with fresh fruit or chunks of pound cake...or whatever else you can think of! (My favorite are strawberries and banana slices. Happy dipping!
- If it's too thin, add some more chocolate. If it is too thick, add more WARM cream to the mixture. The cream must be warm...if it's cold, the chocolate will "break".