A few myths about chocolate fondue:
1. You need a special fondue pot.
2. It’s time-consuming and only for fancy occasions.
3. A double boiler is required.
It’s time to dispel these misconceptions and bring this divine treat (that’s actually quick and easy) into your dessert rotation.
For the most basic chocolate fondue, all you need to do is melt together some chocolate and cream over very low heat in a heavy saucepan, whisk until smooth, and transfer to a fondue pot if you have it – or individual ramekins if you don’t.
And let’s be honest, when you’re dipping cake, pretzels, and fruit into warm chocolate, it’s not going to last very long. There’s no need to keep it heated, since you’ll probably finish by the time it cools down. Should you happen to have leftover fondue, you can refrigerate it. To enjoy again, just reheat in the microwave, stirring very frequently until it loosens and, eventually, becomes smooth.
The fondue I whipped up here is chocolate peanut butter. The peanut butter takes a backseat to the chocolate, but it helps to keep the chocolate from being too overpowering. You can also see below for other variations to try.
Here’s how to do it:
Make your life easier by assembling your dippers first so they’re ready to go once your fondue is warm. An assortment of cut fruit (strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, bananas, apples, mangos), salty snacks (pretzel rods, bread sticks), and sweet treats (brownies, short bread, pound cake) works well.
Now, start on the fondue by combining the chocolate chips, cream, peanut butter, vanilla, and a pinch of salt in a heavy-bottomed pan over the lowest heat. Then, whisk your ingredients constantly, or the fondue will scorch (seriously!).
Continue mixing until it’s creamy and smooth.
And while you’d traditionally enjoy your chocolate in a fondue pot…
…it’s perfect in individual ramekins or small bowls for single servings. Then, you don’t have to share!
Super Simple Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue
2 cups dark, milk, or semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural-style)
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Dippers of your choice (strawberries, apples, bananas, pound cake, brownies, pretzel rods)
Combine all ingredients (except dippers) in a heavy-bottomed, medium saucepan. Over low heat, whisk constantly until smooth. Transfer to fondue pot or individual ramekins, and serve immediately with dippers.
For Chocolate Caramel Fondue, replace the peanut butter with store-bought caramel sauce or dip, and proceed with recipe as written.
For White Chocolate Caramel Fondue, replace dark, semisweet, or milk chocolate chips with white chocolate chips, and replace the peanut butter with caramel sauce. Proceed with recipe as written.
Want to try even more creative ways to enjoy fondue? Check out:
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