Back when Lizzy T’s was just a little “home restaurant” that the kids organized for us, we had a fondue night. I remember cheese fondue for dinner and chocolate fondue for dessert, with all of the fruit, cookies, pretzels and marshmallows to go with it.
I’ve been wanting to share our easy chocolate fondue recipe for quite awhile now, and I’m finally getting to do that today so that your family can join in on the fun!
About this Chocolate Fondue Recipe:
Flavor: Our chocolate fondue has a rich chocolate flavor from using both dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Our secret ingredient is two tablespoons of espresso or strongly brewed coffee. Don’t worry…you can’t taste the coffee. Coffee simply enhances the chocolate flavor. It’s the same method we use in our chocolate cake.
Texture: This is thick, smooth and creamy. I’ll give tips for making the fondue runnier if you’d like, but we like ours to be thick.
Method: Although chocolate fondue can be made in the microwave, I use a stovetop method. I can control the heat a little easier on the stovetop to prevent the chocolate from burning or the cream from scorching.
You may think that chocolate fondue is simply melted chocolate, but there’s a few other ingredients needed to improve the texture and help it stay smooth.
Heavy whipping cream. Heavy cream thins the chocolate, helps it melt smoothly and keeps it rich. You can use half and half if that’s all you have, but the fondue will be thinner than the fondue made with heavy cream.
Chocolate chips. I chose to use chocolate chips for this recipe since that is what most people keep in their pantry. I used a mix of dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Can you use semi-sweet chocolate chips for fondue? Yes, you can. It really just depends on your preference, so try a few different types of chocolate and see what you like best. I high-quality chocolate like Ghirardelli or Guittard chocolate.
Coffee. If you’ve been around our kitchen for long, you’ll know that I love adding coffee to chocolate baked goods. You can’t taste the coffee, but it enhances the chocolate flavor. This is the same idea. You can use just water if you want, but I highly recommend coffee for adding flavor.
Pure vanilla extract. Again, this is for flavor. It adds a little warmth and depth to the fondue.
Do I have to have a fondue pot for fondue?
No, you don’t. The benefit of a fondue pot is that it keeps the fondue warm and melty. If you don’t have a fondue pot, you may have to rewarm the fondue in the microwave for 30 seconds here and there, then stir it well to remelt.
If you have fondue often though and like to serve it at parties, a fondue pot is a great investment.
How to Make Chocolate Fondue
Prepare. Measure chocolate into a large bowl. Make the coffee or espresso. Set both aside.
Heat. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, warm the cream for 3-4 minutes.
Melt. Add the chocolate and coffee to the heavy cream. Keep the heat on low and stir constantly to melt the chocolate with the heavy cream. Continue to melt and stir until the chocolate mixture is completely smooth.
Add vanilla. Add in the vanilla extract and mix well.
And that’s it. You’re ready to start dipping!
What to Dip in Chocolate Fondue
You can go crazy with chocolate fondue dippers! There are so many options and you can make a beautiful dessert board with chocolate fondue.
16ounceshigh quality dark chocolate chipsGhirardelli
2tablespoonsstrongly brewed coffeeor espresso
2teaspoonspure vanilla extract
Measure chocolate into a large bowl. Set aside.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, warm the cream for 3-4 minutes.
Make the coffee/espresso while the cream is warming up. I used espresso, you can use instant coffee, too.
Add the chocolate and coffee to the heavy cream. Keep the heat on low and stir constantly to melt the chocolate with the heavy cream.
Continue to melt and stir until the chocolate mixture is completely smooth.
Add in the vanilla extract and mix well.
Remove from the heat.
Pour the chocolate into a fondue pot or a bowl and place on a dessert board with your favorite dippers.
This makes a large amount of fondue (about 4 ½ cups). You can easily reduce the recipe by half to make a smaller amount.Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.The calories shown are based on the recipe making about 4 ½ cups, with 1 serving being ¼ cup of fondue. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**