Chocolate Fondue is a simple, yet classic dessert that comes together fast. It’s the perfect dip for strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, and more.
Chocolate Fondue is so fun to make for special occasions like a Valentine’s Day dessert, a New Year’s Eve party, showers, or birthday parties. Everyone loves it! Of course, you don’t need a special occasion. It’s an easy dessert to make anytime of the year.
This Chocolate Fondue recipe is quite possibly the easiest recipe on our site! Just two simple ingredients melt together to create the most decadent and divine dip for just about anything you can imagine. It’s the perfect dessert to end a romantic dinner, or a tasty treat that is so fun for the whole family. Grab a skewer and get dipping; you will love it!
What is Fondue?
Fondue originated in Switzerland. Cheese was melted with wine, and then eaten by dipping chunks of bread into it. Over time, fondue has come to represent a cooking style. Melted cheese or chocolate is served in a portable pot that is kept hot with a burner or electricity. A piece of food is placed at the end of a long-stemmed fork and dipped in the fondue and then eaten. Fondue sets are available at most department stores and online (As an Amazon affiliate we earn from qualifying purchases).
If you were born after 1980, fondue may not be all that familiar to you. Fondue became popular in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. I remember a fondue pot set our Mom had that she would pull out on special occasions and we loved it! Fortunately, fondue made a comeback in the early 2000s and continues to be popular today.
The fondue experience is a social experience. Think roasting marshmallows over a fire, but a thousand times better! For chocolate fondue, we set out a tray of fruit, candies, and cookies. One dip in the fondue, and a piece of fruit suddenly becomes a little piece of chocolate heaven.
Chocolate Fondue Ingredients
Sweet chocolate and heavy cream. That’s it! Just these two ingredients create a chocolaty fondue that is to die for! No need for liqueur or other added ingredients. This recipe is perfect in its simplicity and tastes smooth and rich. Because this recipe is so easy, you can make it over and over for different occasions, or even for a weeknight surprise.
The Best Type of Chocolate to Use for Fondue
For this recipe, we like using quality milk chocolate chips. They melt easily and taste delicious! However, if you prefer a less sweet flavor, try Baker’s Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips. It’s all up to you. And if you love peanut butter, see the recipe card below for details on how to make peanut butter chocolate fondue. So yummy!
Fondue with Heavy Cream
Heavy whipping cream is the other key ingredient in this two-ingredient fondue. Using heavy cream allows for a deliciously smooth texture and unbelievable flavor. If the chocolate seems too thick, add a bit more cream to the mixture. You’ll never have lumps or separation with this recipe. It’s deliciously perfect!
What are Good Food Dippers for Chocolate Fondue?
Here’s where it gets fun. You can choose anything in the world to dip in chocolate! Use your imagination, try new flavor combinations. Here are a few of our favorites, to get your creative juices flowing.
- Kiwi Fruit
- Dried Fruit (figs, mangoes, apricots)
On the fancier side
- Pound Cake
- Angel Food Cake
- Peanut Butter Bon Bons
- Donut holes
- Mini Cream Puffs
- Shortbread cookies
- Candied Bacon
- Cheesecake (cut in cubes)
For the whole family
- Potato Chips
- Graham Crackers
- Nilla Wafers
- Oreo Cookies
- Rice Krispie Treats (cut into bite-sized pieces)
- White Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (a MUST try!)
How Do You Reheat Chocolate Fondue?
This Chocolate Fondue is perfect to make ahead for a special evening. You can make it about three days ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. It tastes absolutely amazing over ice cream too, so save some for your next sundae bar!
In the Microwave: Reheat for one minute in a microwave safe bowl and stir or whisk thoroughly. Repeat in 30 second increments until hot.
On the Stove: Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture constantly until it reaches your desired consistency.
Cheese Fondue Recipes
If you are as obsessed with fondue as we are, you’ve got to try a couple of our cheese fondue recipes.
One is a cheddar cheese fondue for dipping breads, vegetables, and meat. The cheese is smooth and creamy.
How to Make Chocolate Fondue
- ON THE STOVE: Melt chocolate in a double boiler on low heat. Once chocolate chips are melted, slowly add heavy whipping cream until you reach the desired consistency.
- IN THE MICROWAVE: Combine chocolate and heavy whipping cream in a microwaveable bowl. Heat for 1 minute and stir well. Heat another 30 seconds and stir. Continue heating in 30 second increments and stirring until you reach the desire consistency.
- Transfer to fondue pot or a mini crock pot at the warm setting to keep warm. If the fondue will be used right away, it will stay warm in a heavy ceramic bowl. If it starts to thicken too much, simply reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir.
- You can also add ¼ cup peanut butter for a different delicious flavor!