Treat yourself to this Easy Chocolate Fondue ... a decadent recipe for a fun, interactive dessert that's so simple to make!
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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I've got my mind on chocolate. I mean, I always have my mind on chocolate ... but now, especially so!
Whether you are planning a romantic dinner for two, a fun Galentine's Day party for your friends, or a get together any other time of year, it's hard to go wrong with chocolate! Pretty much everyone loves it.
Chocolate and Valentine's Day go hand in hand. And this year, I'll be serving this decadent Easy Chocolate Fondue.
You are going to love this dark chocolate fondue recipe! It is delicious, rich, and so simple to make.
Plus, I love a dessert that gets everyone gathered around the table and talking (perfect for parties). If they can get a word in between bites, that is.
Don't have a fondue pot? Don't let that deter you from making this recipe (I didn't use one).
Although a fondue pot is helpful for keeping the chocolate warm once served, it's not required. You can always reheat this dessert fondue for a few minutes in a microwave, if needed.
How to Make Easy Chocolate Fondue
Ready to get started on this Easy Chocolate Fondue recipe? It only requires three simple ingredients (dark chocolate, heavy cream, and vanilla extract).
Of course, with such simple components, you'll want to choose your ingredients carefully. The best chocolate for fondue is a high quality, dark chocolate. I used Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips, but Ghirardelli chocolate chips would work, too. You could also use your fave dark chocolate candy bar or a premium block chocolate.
Make sure to use real vanilla extract, too. And if you want to experiment a bit, feel free to replace the extract with a flavored liqueur (like orange, peppermint, or Bailey's) or another kind of extract.
To melt the chocolate for this fondue, you're going to combine all of your ingredients in a small, heavy bottom pot over low heat. You don't want to overcook the chocolate, so make sure to mix it constantly as it slowly warms and melts. Once the chocolate is almost melted, remove the pot from heat, then stir until completely smooth. So easy, right?
This recipe makes a thick fondue, which I prefer. If you'd like your chocolate fondue a little thinner though, simply stir in extra heavy cream (warm it in the microwave first).
Best Chocolate Fondue Dippers
Wondering what goes well with chocolate fondue? Everyone tends to like something different, so choose a variety of fresh fruit, sweets, and salty items.
Here are some of my favorite chocolate fondue dipper ideas to get you started:
- fresh fruit, such as strawberries, bananas, oranges, pineapple, or cherries
- dried fruit, like apricots, mango, pineapple, or figs
- cookies, such as shortbread, sugar, chocolate chip, Oreos, or ginger snaps
- brownie bites or brownie pieces
- pound, angel food, or another firm cake
- quick bread (banana, pumpkin, zucchini, etc.)
- donut holes
- rice krispie bars
- mini cream puffs
- potato chips
This time, I served my Easy Chocolate Fondue with a mix of fresh strawberries and sliced bananas, pretzels, shortbread cookies, and brownie bites.
My favorite dippers were the pretzels, strawberries, and brownies. My husband thought that brownies paired with the fondue was too chocolatey ... is there really such a thing?
Joel preferred the strawberries and shortbread, because he felt they held the most chocolate ... ha ha. Like I said, everyone has their favorites!
You'll want to cut your chocolate fondue dippers into easy to handle, bite-sized pieces. Items that are easy to grasp, like cookies, can be left whole. No guest wants to have a face covered in chocolate when they're finished, after all!
I used short wood skewers to serve my dippers, and they worked perfectly. Be careful though ... tradition dictates that if you drop something in the fondue pot, you'll need to kiss the person to your left!
Now that you know how simple it is to make, give this Easy Chocolate Fondue a try ... it's sure to become a favorite!
Easy Chocolate Fondue
- 11.5-ounces dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- 1 to 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dippers, like fresh or dried fruit, cookies, brownies, pretzels, etc.
- Combine chocolate, 1 cup heavy cream, and vanilla extract in a small, heavy bottomed sauce pan.
- Heat mixture over low heat, stirring constantly. Do not boil or overheat.
- When chocolate is almost completely melted, remove from heat. Continue stirring until fondue is smooth. (If thicker than desired, stir in additional heavy cream.)
- Serve fondue hot with your choice of dippers. Enjoy!
Loved this Easy Chocolate Fondue?
If you enjoyed this dark chocolate fondue, you'll want to try some of my other favorite chocolate recipes, too:
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Parfait
- Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes
- Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts
- Strawberry Dark Chocolate Bark
- Chocolate Fruit and Nut Clusters
And make sure to let me know if you try this easy dessert fondue recipe ... I'd love to know what you think!
What is your favorite chocolate dessert?