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How to Make Fondue

Learn how to make traditional cheese fondue for snacking or a tasty chocolate fondue for dessert. This guide couldn't be easier!

If you've been looking for the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, look no further. There's nothing more romantic and fun than making fondue with your special someone. Not only is this a fun way to enjoy the evening together, but you get to eat melted cheese and chocolate with your favorite dipping foods. Seriously, what could be better?

Below, you'll find instructions for how to make cheese fondue and chocolate fondue for dessert. We've picked out some of our favorite foods for dipping, so you won't be without ideas. If your mouth is already watering thinking about dipping delicious bits of pound cake, giant marshmallows, and strawberries into chocolate, you're not alone. For you savory folks, we choose sliced meats, apples, and bread for dipping in gooey, melty cheese! 

No matter how you choose to eat this tasty snack, you're sure to enjoy a memorable holiday with the one you love.


How to Make Fondue 2 Ways

Yield
Cheese: makes about 3 cups
Chocolate: makes about 1 cup

Prep Time
Cheese:   10 minutes
Chocolate: 10 minutes

Cook Time
Cheese:   10 minutes
Chocolate: 5 minutes

Ingredients

Cheese Fondue

  • 1 clove of garlic, smashed
  • 1 ¼ cups dry white wine (Pinot Grigio)
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
Dippers
  • Cubes of bread (French baguette)
  • Apple slices
  • Smoked kielbasa sausage, sliced
 
Chocolate Fondue
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 ounces chopped bittersweet (dark) chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
Dippers
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Marshmallows
  • Pound cake bites

Instructions for Cheese Fondue

  1. Rub the inside of a saucepan with the garlic clove and discard. Heat the wine to a simmer.
     

  2. Toss the cheeses with the cornstarch and mix well.
     

  3. Add the cheese to the pot and stir until cheese is melted.
     

  4. Stir in the dry mustard, lemon juice, and brandy.
     

  5. Continue stirring for a few more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
     

  6. Serve with dippers of your choice. We used cubed meat, bread, and apples.
     

Instructions for Chocolate Fondue

  1. In a small saucepan or skillet heat the cream on low heat until simmering.
     

  2. Stir in the chopped chocolate, espresso powder, and brandy. Continue stirring until chocolate has melted.
     

  3. Serve with dippers of your choice. We used fruit and cubed pound cake.

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In restaurants, food that has cooked-down alcohol in it is always so flavorful and indulgent. Unfortunately, I'm underage, so buying any alcohol to cook with is a no-go, so I just have to stare at this recipe from afar like an Oliver Twist orphan with her nose pressed to the glass! I don't suppose there are any good substitutions for the brandy? I'm sure it could be left out, but still.

Any time I can eat a meal based around dipping it into liquid cheese and liquid chocolate is a win in my book.

This is very interesting. I have always wondered how to make fondue and here it is, the recipe I've been looking for. Now I can try making this even if it's not Valentine's. I wonder if the kids will like this recipe.

The cheese fondue was delish! Dipping bites of bread in the warm gooey cheese is the ultimate comfort food!

The chocolate fondue is delicious! It's a great pairing with pound cake and marshmallows!

Yum! I really liked the chocolate fondue. I think this is perfect to try for a party or a special meal at home.

You just can't go wrong with melted chocolate! Now that I know the basics, I'm looking forward to trying it with white or milk chocolate.

Pro tip Make cheese fondue with white wine if you're gluten intolerant and shred your own cheese. )

Surprisingly simple! I couldn't get enough of that cheese

Yess - I love going out for fondue, and I'm so glad I found this recipe so I could make it at home or as an appetizer for a party!

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