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Chocolate Fondue

I mean, who doesn’t love dipping all the things in CHOCOLATE?! Chocolate fondue with all your favorite dippers! You’re going to want to swim in it!

And the best part is that this recipe is so easy! It is done in two steps. No fuss and so simple!

New Year’s Eve is one of my least favorite holidays. I don’t like everyone stressing about New Year’s resolutions they will break and feel shame about just one week in, I don’t like choosing a word or finding a new hobby and I certainly do not like staying up until midnight and trying to entertain the whole family. 

I’m a New Year’s Eve Grinch. 

A bowl of chocolate fondue with a strawberry that has just been dipped. More strawberries and donut holes are in the background.

Maybe it would be easier if our kids were closer in age but what do you do to entertain a 15 year old, 11 year old and 5 year old? The struggle is real. 

There isn’t anything wrong with any of the things listed above, but over the years I’ve found that in my life I need to do things a little differently. I like having an open heart and mind that is always asking, what areas could I stand a little taller or be a little softer in? One month I might feel the need to speak more gently to my kids and another month I might feel the need to be more prompt in showing up to things, and I love that. 

I have the flexibility to become vs the pressure to be better. Just works for me. Moved in the moment, acting every moment after. 

But traditions are different. I looooove traditions and since you all recommend we start into the whole fondue thing I jumped in with both feet.

It’s been totally worth it. Cheese fondue, yes please! Chocolate fondue? Duh!

A bowl of chocolate fondue in with a strawberry, a brownie bite, and a donut hole are being dipped. There are more strawberries, marshmallows, brownies and donut holes surrounding the bowl.

What Ingredients Do You Need for Chocolate Fondue?

The ingredients list is short and sweet…chocolate, chocolate, dairy, dairy, vanilla. So easy! Here is what you need:

  • Semi Sweet Chocolate
  • White Chocolate
  • Whole Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Vanilla

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.

A picture of things to dip in chocolate fondue. there are bananas, strawberries, brownie bites, pretzels, and marshmallows around a bowl of chocolate fondue.

What Should I Dip in Chocolate Fondue?

Short answer…whatever you want!! Seriously! Just grab anything that tastes good with chocolate and dip away! Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Marshmallows
  • Strawberries
  • Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Rice Krispies Treats
  • Pretzels
  • Donut Holes
  • Nutter Butters
  • Pound Cake

Let your heart and taste buds lead you to whatever you want!

A tray with a bowl of chocolate fondue surrounded with strawberries, bananas, brownies, marshmallows, and cookies to dip into the fondue.

How to Make Chocolate Fondue

I promised you it was only two steps. Ready, get set, go!
  1. Add chocolates and dairy to a fondue pot or a small saucepan over medium low heat and stir occasionally. Stir until smooth.
  2. Pour into a fondue pot or serving dish and stir in the vanilla. Start dipping!

That’s it! See, chocolate fondue couldn’t be easier!

Chocolate fondue being poured into a serving bowl. The bowl is on a tray surrounded by strawberries, marshmallows, cookies and nuts to be dipped in the fondue.

What’s the Best Chocolate to Use for Fondue?

Chocolate fondue comes out the best if you use good high quality chocolate. We like to use Ghirardelli or Guittard. You can use any combination of chocolate you want. We like a combination of semi sweet and white chocolate but you could do all bittersweet or half dark and half white. Using milk chocolate is a little too sweet for me, but do a mix with milk and a more bitter chocolate.
 
Chocolate chips don’t work well for fondue, so save the chocolate chips for cookies!!
A bowl of chocolate fondue with a strawberry, brownie bite, and a donut hole being dipped into the chocolate.

Can Chocolate Fondue Be Made Ahead?

Chocolate fondue can be made 3-4 days in advance and refrigerated. Then just warm it up on the stove top or the microwave (in 30 second intervals at 50% power).

How Do You Reheat Chocolate Fondue?

Reheat at 50% power in the microwave, stirring often.

Or, reheat in a slow cooker on low.

A bowl of chocolate fondue into which a strawberry has been dipped. There are more strawberries and brownies and donut holes in the background.

How Do You Fix Chocolate Fondue?

Add a little hot cream the make the fondue smooth again.

Variations on Plain Chocolate Fondue

If you want to get really wild, change up the extract that you put in the chocolate. We have always done vanilla, but you could try orange, peppermint, or coconut. Those all sound so yummy! I think I’m going to try coconut next!

A bowl of chocolate fondue in which a strawberry, brownie and donut hole are being dipped. There are strawberries, donut holes, brownies, marshmallows, and other things to dip in the chocolate surrounding the bowl.

It’s simple, rich, creamy and decadent and it’s going to bring all the people to the table for chocolate fondue dipping! What are you going to dip first??

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Chocolate Fondue

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. Semi Sweet Chocolate high quality, * see note
  • 5 oz. White Chocolate
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
  • dash Vanilla

Accompaniments

  • Marshmallows
  • Strawberries
  • Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Rice Krispie Treats

Instructions

  • In a fondue pot or small pot over medium low heat, add the chocolates and dairy, stirring occasionally to keep the chocolate from scorching.
  • Pour into a fondue pot and stir in the vanilla, and dip!

Notes

Note- any combination of chocolate can be used, like all bittersweet chocolate, 1/2 dark, 1/2 white, etc.
 
may be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Fondue
Amount Per Serving (2 ounces)
Calories 1896 Calories from Fat 1179
% Daily Value*
Fat 131g202%
Saturated Fat 78g488%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 153mg51%
Sodium 198mg9%
Potassium 1349mg39%
Carbohydrates 163g54%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 139g154%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 1378IU28%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 490mg49%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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