An EASY method for making chocolate fondue at home! Whether you want dark, milk or white chocolate fondue – this method is fool-proof! Rich, DECADENT and perfect for all the dipping.
One of my family’s favorite Valentine’s Day traditions is chocolate fondue! We usually do it the weekend before Valentine’s Day and it’s a fun way to do something special with the kids.
My kids LOVE fondue night and totally look forward to it. We usually end up having it a few other times a year too because it’s such a favorite! What could be better than luxrious, decadent melted chocolate with all kinds of things to dip?
What Chocolate to Use for Fondue
The great thing about fondue is you can use basically any chocolate you like! We’ve used everything from high-quality dark chocolate bars to regular old chocolate chips to make fondue. It’s always delicious! My personal favorite is to use semi-sweet chocolate chips. They lend the perfect sweetness without being overly sweet when paired with the dippers.
The trick is the recipe will vary slightly depending on what type of chocolate you use. The white chocolate fondue needs less liquid than the dark chocolate fondue version.
Tip: The amount of cream or liquid you add to the fondue will change based on what type of chocolate you use. See recipe below!
How to Make Chocolate Fondue
1. Pick your chocolate base. You can use chocolate chips or chopped cup chocolate bars. If you use a chocolate bar just be sure to chop it finely so it melts evenly. Pour the chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl.
2. Add your liquid. The amount of liquid you add will vary based on what kind of chocolate you’re using. See the recipe below for the correct amounts! I like to use a mixture of heavy cream and milk for dark or semi-sweet chocolate. You can also easily make this chocolate fondue dairy-free with coconut and almond milk. We almost always make it dairy-free at our house!
3. Microwave on 50% power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. It’s very important to use 50% heat here so you don’t heat the chocolate too quickly.
Stirring every 30 seconds will also ensure you get glossy, smooth chocolate fondue. At first it will seem like your stirring isn’t doing anything – but it will get there!
4. Stop heating with the chocolate is totally smooth and melted. You may need to add a touch more cream (or liquid) to get just the right consistency. The thickness can vary based on what kind of chocolate you use.
The perfect thickness is when the chocolate clings to a dipped banana, but isn’t totally thick. If the fondue is too runny simply add more chocolate and continue melting. Not too runny, not too thick. It’s more of an art than a science!
Tip: You may need to add a touch more liquid to get just the right consistency. The thickness can vary based on what kind of chocolate you use. If the fondue is too runny simply add more chocolate and continue melting.
What to Dip in Chocolate Fondue
Now on to the fun part! What to dip? The options are endless! This is why my family loves fondue night.
Here are some fondue spread ideas:
rice krispy treats (try these dipped in dark chocolate – dreamy!)
mini cream puffs
angel food cake (try this gluten-free recipe!)
If you’re serving loved ones with food allergies a chocolate fondue spread can easily be made allergy-friendly. We always make ours gluten-free with naturally gluten-free things like strawberries and bananas as well as gluten-free cookies and gluten-free rice krispy treats!
Dairy-Free Chocolate Fondue
You can also use Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Morsels along with coconut milk and almond milk to make this undetectably dairy-free! I like using their dark morsels for a rich, luxurious chocolate fondue.
There are few things in life better than a crispy rice treat coated in rich, smooth dark chocolate. Trust me on this!
More Gluten-Free Chocolate Desserts:
To make this nut-free you can use 2/3 cup light coconut milk in place of the full-fat coconut milk and almond milk. If you have leftover fondue you can save it in the fridge and reheat it later for another fondue experience!
- 12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chips or bar chopped into chunks
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/3-1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
White Chocolate Fondue:
- 12 ounces white chocolate, chips or bar chopped into chunks
- 1/4-1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For Dairy-Free Fondue:
- 1 9oz bag Enjoy Life Foods Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Morsels
- 1/3 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Things to Dip:
- mini GF crispy rice treats
- marshmallows (vegan if needed)
- GF pretzels
Place the chocolate and liquids (besides vanilla) in a bowl. Microwave on 50% power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth and melted.
Adjust consistency with more liquid if needed. Add vanilla and stir to incorporate. Enjoy!
In saucepan, combine the chocolate, coconut milk, almond milk and vanilla. Heat on low, stirring often, until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Keep the heat on low the entire time.
If needed, stir in a little more almond or coconut milk for a thinner consistency. Transfer the fondue to a fondue pot or small slow cooker for serving.
Serve with treats/dippers of choice. Enjoy!
For the microwave method it’s very important to use 50% heat here so you don’t heat the chocolate too quickly. Stirring every 30 seconds will also ensure you get glossy, smooth chocolate fondue.
If you fondue seems to thin simply add more chocolate and continue melting. If it seems to thick add a little more liquid to get the desired consistency.
- Serving Size: 4
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