Chocolate Fondue-Blissful Dessert
Alright, I would totally be lying if I told you that I had devoured chocolate fondue as a dessert only. I've eaten it as a conventional dessert, sure, but I've also stood around the stove with friends substituting chocolate for a more traditional dinner, and as soon as you learn how to make chocolate fondue I'm sure the same thing will mysteriously start happening to you. Why? Because chocolate fondue is the perfect dessert (or meal if you can't control yourself like me). It's the sublimely perfect mixture of bitter chocolate and tangy fruit or sweet cake, and provides enough variety of flavor and texture to continue to be enticing long after other desserts have lost their appeal. Hungry? Read on for instuctions and recipes for making your own chocolate fondue.
Step One-Acquire a Fondue Set
If you don't already have one it is time to acquire a fondue set. These usually consist of a metal or ceramic pot which sits on a stand, elevating it above the heat source. Most sets also come with fondue forks which look which look like little spears; you use these to dip your sweets into the chocolate. You can easily find a fondue set for under $20 at the store (unless you are looking at an electric pot) or you could go garage sale hunting and pick up a vintage set from the 70's even cheaper! Or you could be like me and collect so many you are forced to use them as decorations because no one NEEDS that many fondue sets. See the picture to the right and the links below for ideas of what to look for.
Basic Chocolate Fondue Recipe-Gather Ingredients
Now that you have your fondue set it's time to gather your ingredients. To start, we'll simply work with the most basic chocolate fondue recipe; for more complicated culinary feats see the recipes below. To get started you'll need:
- 1 12 oz bag good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup heavy /whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
And for the dipping try:
- bananas, chopped
- angel food cake
- anything else that would taste good covered in chocolate!
Chop all of your dipping ingredients first (apples, strawberries, etc.) and arrange them neatly on a plate. Try to make things as bite sized as possible, this keeps things neat and prevents the urge to double dip (don't worry about this if you are...ahem...eating alone; not that I would know anything about chocolate fondue binges).
Next, dump the chocolate chips into the fondue pot and turn your stove up to medium low heat. I like to start my fondue on the stove, as it provides more even and predictable heat, then move it the the fondue stand over a lit butane warmer to keep it toasty. Slowly stir the chocolate as it melts, and when most of it has melted add the 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 tsp vanilla. Continue to stir until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy. Move to the stand and enjoy!
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fondue
For the adventerous types, try this chocolate fondue variation:
- 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 6 oz milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
Melt chocolate chips first, then add in cream and peanut butter. Stir until all ingredients are melted and smooth, and serve!
White Chocolate Amaretto Heaven
My personal favorite variation, I'm a goner for anything with Amaretto in it.
- 12 oz white chocolate chips
- 3 Tbsp heavy cream
- 5 Tbsp Amaretto liquer
There are two ways to present this bad boy. The first is to melt all the chocolate chips, then stir in the cream and Amaretto and serve. The second, ohlala! Melt the chips and add the cream, but do not add the Amaretto. Stir until mixture is smooth, and then set in fondue stand. Pour Amaretto over top of the chocolate, but DO NOT stir. Using a lighter with a long handle (like those candle lighters) apply flame to the layer of liquer on top of the white chocolate, and watch the pretty blue flames. This is best done in a darkened room. The flames soon extinguish and you are left with a lovely dessert. Enjoy! (This recipe should not be shared with pyromaniacs).
Enjoy your chocolate fondue, but don't call me when your pants don't fit, I have absolutely no help for you there whatsoever.
If you need help putting together the main course, stop by my Hub "How to Make Meat Fondue".
on May 27, 2010:
Nice recipes, will try it soon.
Lucillelove from Seoul, South Korea on January 13, 2010:
wow?? That lookz sooo good!! thanks!
Lgali on May 06, 2009:
thnaks for sharing nice recipes