With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I find myself craving all things chocolate! Chocolate Fondue seems like such an elegant dessert but it is incredibly simple to make. Depending on the type of supplies and kitchen equipment you have at home you can make this chocolate fondue over the stove or directly in a fondue pot. I have my eye on the Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker but for now will have to make due with the smaller fondue set I currently have. The key to really good chocolate fondue is high quality ingredients. You cannot make a good chocolate fondue without heavy cream and high quality chocolate. My preference is for Ghirardelli and I recommend a semi dark chocolate. Do not use chocolate chips. They have a lower percentage of cocoa butter and will not melt to a creamy consistency. If you want a printable recipe just scroll to the bottom of the post. If you want a step by step look at how to make chocolate fondue, here is a simple tutorial:
Chocolate Fondue Recipe and Tutorial
Step One: First things first, chop your chocolate into small pieces to help it melt better. I used about 10 ounces of Ghirardelli dark chocolate.
Step Two: If you have a high quality fondue pot that gets warm enough to actually melt the chocolate you can add the chocolate and cream into the pot directly. If you don’t (like me!) melt the chocolate and cream together in a double boiler first. I don’t use a double boiler….too much of a uni tasker! Instead, I set a class bowl into a pan of warm water and heat over medium, stirring occasionally until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. You can do this in the microwave at 50% power but it takes a long time and you have to stir frequently to avoid burning the edges. I really recommend the stove method. If the chocolate is too thick, add more cream or a touch of evaporated milk. Do NOT add water or you will ruin your chocolate!
Step Three: Add in your flavorings or additions. Here are a few suggestions:
Flavored liqueurs, peppermint oil, cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne pepper, ground espresso powder, peanut butter, fruit preserves, pureed fruit, 1/4 cup high quality bourbon
Get creative and add whatever flavor you think sounds good! I used about 1/4 good seedless raspberry preserves.
Step Four: Cut up your fruit. You can use anything from strawberries and bananas to something more exotic like star fruit and mangoes. Personally, when I think chocolate I think strawberries but I also love orange slices dipped in chocolate. What you serve is totally up to you. You can even serve your chocolate fondue with chunks of Angel Food Cake or Pound Cake. Get creative and serve whatever you enjoy eating with chocolate. Your kids would probably love marshmallows and graham crackers served with melted chocolate and that would make a fun birthday party activity or a rainy campfire alternative to S’mores!
Step Five: Serve your chocolate fondue! You can serve your guests (or just yourself!) with special fondue forks but you can also use bamboo skewers or even toothpicks if that is all you have.
Chocolate Fondue is incredibly easy to make and a great way to celebrate a romantic evening with your significant other. Or, just encourage your kids to eat more fruit by letting them dip it in chocolate!
Fruit with Chocolate Fondue
- 10 ounces dark chocolate
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup seedless raspberry jam
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- things to dip in it: fruit, marshmallows, graham crackers, angel food cake cubes, etc
- In a double boiler, heat the whipping cream and chocolate over medium low heat. Stir frequently until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
- Add in the raspberry jam and vanilla. Stir until mixed.
- Add the chocolate mixture to a fondue pot to stay warm. Serve with fruit or other desired bite sized foods.
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