Treat yourself to this Easy Chocolate Fondue!
This decadent dessert fondue recipe is a fun, interactive treat that's so simple to make. Perfect for Christmas, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, or an anytime snack!
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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.
This 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, because you don't need 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.
Ready to get started on this homemade Fondue recipe? It only requires three simple ingredients:
- Dark Chocolate
- Heavy Cream
- Vanilla Extract
Best Chocolate to Use
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.
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.
You'll Also Need
You'll prepare this recipe on the stove, so make sure to use a small sauce pan with a heavy bottom. As I mentioned above, a fondue pot is helpful for keeping the chocolate warm once served, it's not required.
How to Make Easy Chocolate Fondue
This recipe couldn't be easier to prepare, so let's get started!
Combine all of your ingredients in a small, heavy bottom pot, then place 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. And that's really all there is to it ... so easy, right?
This recipe makes a thick fondue, which I prefer. If you'd like your chocolate fondue a little thinner, 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 fave chocolate fondue dipper ideas to get you started:
- Fresh Fruit - Such as strawberries, bananas, oranges, pineapple, or cherries.
- Dried Fruit - Apricots, mango, pineapple, or figs all work great.
- Cookies - Try shortbread, sugar, chocolate chip, Oreos, or ginger snaps.
- Brownie Bites - Or cut up a pan of brownies into small pieces.
- Firm Cake - Pound cake or angel food cake would both be delish.
- Quick Bread - Try banana, pumpkin, zucchini, etc.
- Donut Holes
- Rice Krispie Bars
- Mini Cream Puffs
- Potato Chips
This time, I served this recipe 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 ... but is there really such a thing? Ha!
Joel preferred the strawberries and shortbread, because he felt they held the most chocolate. Like I said, everyone has their favorites!
Preparing the Dippers
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!
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
- Chocolate Bark ... make any kind of bark (like this delish Strawberry Dark Chocolate Bark) using this master recipe!
- Chocolate Fruit and Nut Clusters
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Let me know if you try this easy dessert fondue ... I'd love to know what you think!
Easy Chocolate Fondue
- 2 cups (11.5-ounces) dark chocolate chips
- 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!
This recipe is also available as a web story if you'd like a quick overview.
What is your favorite chocolate dessert?