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Easy Chocolate Fondue

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I was hoping to come up with a really tempting fondue recipe, like Chocolate Fondue with Bailey’s Irish Cream or Nutella Fondue, but you know what? I tried a bunch of variations and not one of them beat out plain ol’ chocolate fondue. I guess certain things are better left alone and chocolate fondue is one of them. I also realized that fondue is not just a romantic dessert for grown-ups: it’s actually the ultimate family dessert. There’s nothing like a bowl of melted chocolate surrounded by cookies and marshmallows to keep antsy children, who inhale lovingly prepared meals in a matter of minutes and then tell you they’re bored, lingering at the dinner table for a very long time. It also happens to be the easiest thing in the world to make — only four ingredients and you do it all in the microwave.

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Begin by finely chopping 2 bars of premium quality semi-sweet chocolate. (If you’re wondering, I also tried the recipe with milk and bittersweet chocolate, but semi-sweet was the best—it’s intense without being too dark.) Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and add heavy cream, sugar and butter.

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Microwave on medium heat for one and a half minutes. It will look not so pretty, like this…

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Stir, then microwave again for 30-60 seconds until almost melted. There should be enough residual heat in the bowl to stir until completely smooth. The idea when working with chocolate is to keep the heat gentle, otherwise it might scorch and break. You could also do this over very low heat on the stovetop or in a double boiler, but I think the microwave is the easiest and most foolproof method. Here’s the beautiful finished product…

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All that’s left is to transfer the melted chocolate to a fondue pot or pretty bowl and set it on the table.

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As for what to serve it with, sky’s the limit. With the exception of strawberries, I’m not much of a fruit with chocolate kinda gal, but if that’s your thing there are endless possibilities — dried or fresh. I prefer cookies, especially almond biscotti, shortbread or European biscuit cookies (look for the Petit Lu or Walker’s brands in the international or gourmet cookie section in your supermarket). Other ideas are pound cake cubes, pretzel rods or madeleines. Kids love caramels, graham crackers and marshmallows, although you’ll probably need to remind them that the idea is to “dunk” rather than “drown.”

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Chocolate Fondue

Servings: 4
Total Time: 10 Minutes


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces premium semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (I like Ghirardelli)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave on medium power (50%) for 1½ minutes. Take out and stir. Microwave on medium power for 30-60 seconds more, then stir the mixture until smooth. (Note: you want to take it out when it is almost melted; there should be enough residual heat to melt any remaining bits of chocolate.)
  2. Transfer the mixture to a fondue pot or bowl and serve with assorted dippers.
  3. Note: It's a good idea to stir the fondue occasionally to avoid scorching. If you don't have a fondue pot, you can re-warm the fondue over medium heat in the microwave if necessary.

Reviews & Comments

  • Fondue provides a wonderful ambience to a gathering of friends.

    - P. R. on December 28, 2013 Reply
  • When my son was 5 (he’s 42 now) I used to do fondue of some sort about once a week…he called it the “starvin” pot because if I did meat and vegetables he thought it took to long to do.. Now he loves a good cheese or chocolate fondue no matter what the timeframe.

    - Frannie on February 13, 2012 Reply
  • I love fondue! The chocolate is always the most popular! I can’t wait to try your recipe
    (I need a new pot first though – my ceramic one just broke last night ;( )

    - Sherry on February 12, 2012 Reply
  • I cannot wait to try this with my husband and daughter!

    - TammyMcD on January 21, 2012 Reply
  • GREAT recipe! I introduced fondue to my 5 year old and 7 year old. A HUGE success on Valentine’s Day. Thank you!

    - Karin on February 17, 2011 Reply
  • Michele, Yes, a double boiler will work just fine. Enjoy 🙂

    - Jennifer on February 16, 2011 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Great recipe! I just love chocolate fondue and all of the yummy treats you can dip in it!!

    - Mallory on February 15, 2011 Reply
  • Made this for valentines day, it was so easy and just incredibly delicious. I combined semisweet and dark chocolates.

    - Abby on February 15, 2011 Reply
  • Yummy!!

    - Nicole Copeland on February 14, 2011 Reply
  • Fondue is my favorite food. For my 30th birthday, my husband through me a surprise Fondue party. It was so fun…everyone brought their favorite fondue recipe and we sampled them all.

    - Kathleen on February 10, 2011 Reply
  • I was looking for a fondue recipe and fondue pot for valentine’s day family event. thanks!!!

    - esther o kim on February 10, 2011 Reply

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