Serve rich, creamy Chocolate Fondue with fresh fruit, bite-sized desserts, and marshmallows! It’s so easy to make yet will impress everyone.
Chocolate fondue is one of our favorite “fancy” desserts! We often serve it after enjoying smoked gouda fondue with steak, meatballs, and jerk chicken as the main course. I love that it is super simple to make and the dippers only need to be cut into bite-sized pieces.
How To Make Chocolate Fondue From Scratch
Making your own chocolate fondue form scratch is super easy with only a few ingredients needed. You simply use hot cream to melt your chocolate of choice and add a flavored extract if desired.
Start by putting both semi-sweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl. Then, set them aside.
What kind of chocolate should I use to make fondue?
You’ll want to choose a chocolate that tastes good and melts well. I usually use a mixture of high-quality semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips since we like how they taste and they are readily available. You can also use dark chocolate chips or white chocolate chips but keep in mind that different types of chocolate may need more or less heavy cream to get the right consistency.
In addition to using chocolate chips to make fondue, you can use other kinds of chocolate too. Here are a few suggestions:
- A milk chocolate (or semi-sweet) baking bar is chocolate in a bar form that is meant to be used in baked goods but it can be used for fondue as well. Chop the chocolate bars into small pieces and then use the chocolate pieces instead of chocolate chips.
- Milk chocolate melting wafers are made from sugar, palm oil, milk, and cocoa. Wafers are easy to melt and you may not need any whipping cream to thin the chocolate.
- For a lighter version, try using sugar-free milk chocolate chips.
Put the heavy whipping cream into a microwave-safe bowl and bring it to a boil in the microwave.
Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips in a bowl. Allow them to sit for 3-5 minutes so that the chocolate can soften.
Then gently stir the cream and chocolate chips until you have smooth chocolate fondue. When you starting stirring the chocolate and cream it will look like it’s never going to come together as it does in the photo above.
But keep stirring and eventually, it will become smooth chocolate fondue. At this point, add the vanilla extract and stir until combined.
Can I use other flavored extracts?
We love using a little vanilla extract in our chocolate fondue but other flavored extracts such as almond or coconut would work too! Or try orange or raspberry extract for fruity flavored chocolate.
Arrange bite-sized pieces of fresh fruit, desserts, and marshmallows on a tray. Since I am using a fondue pot, I arranged the dippers around the pot. You can also keep the fondue and dippers separate if that works better for you.
Chocolate Fondue Dippers
- Fruits: strawberries, pineapple, bananas, raspberries, kiwi
- Desserts: brownies, rice krispies treats, pound cake, cookies, cream puffs, cheesecake
- Other dippers: pretzels, marshmallows, graham crackers
Pour the chocolate fondue into the fondue pot and light a candle underneath to keep the fondue warm.
How can I keep my chocolate fondue from hardening?
You will need to keep your chocolate fondue warm to prevent it from hardening. If you have a fondue pot, you can following the instructions that come with it for keeping the chocolate warm. Another option is to use a mini crockpot on the warm setting.
Can I use this recipe to make other fondue flavors?
Yes, you can use this chocolate fondue as the basis for other flavors of fondue. As mentioned above you can stir in flavored extracts as a way to change up the flavor. You can also stir in other ingredients or add yummy toppings. Here are some suggestions:
- S’mores: Stir in softened marshmallow cream and top with crushed graham crackers.
- Turtle: Swirl in caramel syrup and top with toasted pecans.
- Peanut Butter: Melt peanut butter and then swirl it into the chocolate fondue.
- Black and White: Briefly stir in melted white chocolate until you can see pretty swirls.
Want more fondue recipes? Try these next:
Smoked Gouda Fondue is the best cheesy appetizer! Dip in all of your favorite savory foods. Or make it part of a fun dinner with cubed chicken and steak!
This Cheddar Cheese Fondue recipe is a kid-friendly cheese dip that can be used as an appetizer or as a fun dinner! Serve with cubed bread, fruit, and veggies.
Nutella Fondue is a chocolatey, nutty fondue that is perfect for coating pretzels and marshmallows! It’s made with only two ingredients.
- Put the semi-sweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips in a bowl and set them aside.
- Bring the heavy whipping cream to a boil in the microwave. This took about 1 minute 30 seconds in my microwave.
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips in the bowl. Allow them to sit for about 3-5 minutes.
- Gently stir the chocolate chips and cream until smooth.
- Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Transfer to a fondue pot or small crockpot to keep warm.
- Serve with a variety of fruit and bite-sized sweets for dipping.