Decadent chocolate fondue is the perfect sweet dessert for a family treat or to share with a giant party with friends! Easy to make and so easy to customize to your liking, this is the ultimate dessert for a gathering.
For a more savory twist, why not make a Cheese Fondue, you can have one big fondue party!
Who says fondue has to be made from cheese and nothing else? While chocolate fondue is really more of a melted, pourable chocolate sauce than it is a proper emulsion, it doesn't stop it from being insanely and irresistibly tasty.
Make sure that you pick chocolate that you personally enjoy for this recipe – it is no good getting the cheap stuff just because you are melting it down. You will definitely be able to taste the difference!
Also, don’t skimp on the instant coffee in this recipe – it might seem weird to put some coffee granules in chocolate fondue, but it definitely will not make it taste like coffee. Instead, it will just make everything that little bit more chocolate-y and intense, sort of like how vanilla extract makes sweet things taste just a little bit more sweet and delicious.
Chocolate Fondue Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Milk chocolate, roughly chopped
• Semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
• Heavy cream
• Vanilla extract
• Instant coffee granules
• Liquor (whatever is your favorite)
• Sliced bananas
• Orange segments
• Oreo cookies
• Poundcake, cubes
• Pretzel rods
• Graham crackers
How To Make Chocolate Fondue
• Prepare the foods for dipping in the fondue
• In a heavy saucepan or fondue pot over medium heat, melt the chocolates with the heavy cream
• Cook, frequently stirring, until the mixture is smooth
• Mix in the instant coffee, vanilla extract, salt, and liqueur
• Add more cream or liqueur to thin out more if desired
• Transfer to a fondue pot to keep it warm, serving it with the prepared foods and fondue forks
What Dipping Foods To Serve With Your Chocolate Fondue?
Fondue is amazing not only because it is a great sharing food, but because there are so many different things you can serve with it.
With chocolate fondue, the list of available possibilities is absolutely massive. You could cut up some simple fruits, like bananas, apples, strawberries, or even kiwis, and enjoy a fresh, fruity chocolate fondue.
Or, break up some Oreo cookies, pound cake, and marshmallows to really double down on the sweetness.
Whatever you do, don't forget to include something crunchy, like pretzel rods, graham crackers, or even some bread. You will want something crunchy and a little bit savory to help contrast with all the sweetness.
How To Stop Your Chocolate Fondue From Hardening
Unlike regular cheese fondue, a common problem with chocolate fondues is its tendency to try to seize up and turn solid.
This is because chocolate is obviously a solid at room temperature and so really wants to turn back into a thick block. The use of lots of heavy cream definitely helps this, but if you aren't careful, the mixture will gradually thicken and harden into a wet glop of chocolate pudding after being off the heat too long.
To avoid eating solid chocolate instead of fondue, you have basically two options: either eat it really fast or use a fondue pot over a fondue rack.
Eating it fast is fine if you are planning on serving it right away to a big group of hungry people, but even then, there is the chance that the bottom will start to harden before it can be eaten.
The best solution is a proper fondue pot and rack. The pot and rack is either a simple small candle under the pot or an electrical warming machine that gently heats the mixture, keeping it warm and stopping it from hardening. You can even just use a regular pot and stick a candle underneath it after wedging it up above the candle safely, of course.
Whatever you do, make sure to try and keep it melted. Though it might sound tasty, eating cold, partially solidified melted chocolate sauce isn’t as amazing as you might think.
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- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 5 minutes
- Appetizer, Dessert
- Karlynn Johnston
- 8 ounces milk chocolate roughly chopped
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate roughly chopped
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules optional but excellent!
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite liqueur
- Sliced bananas
- Orange segments
- Oreo Cookies
- pound cake cubed
- Pretzel rods
- Graham crackers
- Prepare the foods you want to dip in the fondue and get the fondue pot ready.
- In a heavy saucepan OR fondue pot over medium heat, melt the chocolates with the heavy cream. Continue to heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is smooth.
- Mix in the instant coffee, vanilla extract, salt and liqueur if desired. Add more cream OR liqueur to thin if wanted.
- Transfer to a fondue pot if needed then place in the fondue rack to stay warm.
- Serve with the prepared foods with fondue fork or wooden skewers!
- Nutritional info will depend on types and brands of chocolate and dipping food used.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.