Easy Chocolate Fondue

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This fondue is the easiest thing in the world to make — only 4 ingredients and you do it all in the microwave—delicious!


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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How to make easy Chocolate fondue

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

This fondue is the easiest thing in the world to make — only 4 ingredients and you do it all in the microwave—delicious!

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.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • Hi Jen,
    I’m planning to make this chocolate fondue for New Years Eve. My question is can I make it in advance and reheat it When it’s time to serve? We are doing a progressive dinner with friends and the last stop is my house for desserts (I’m also making your rum cake). Since it’s a large crowd (about 20 people), I want to have everything ready to go before we start at the first house so when I get back to my house I can quickly put the desserts out. Also, once it is reheated would you suggest putting it in a “Little Dipper “ crock pot on low to keep it warm?
    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

    • — Vivian on December 30, 2018
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    • Hi Vivian, I wouldn’t make this ahead since it only takes a few minutes to cook but yes on the little dipper crock pot. Have fun!

      • — Jenn on December 31, 2018
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      • Thanks, Jenn
        I’ll let you know how it comes out

        • — Vivian on December 31, 2018
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  • Fondue provides a wonderful ambience to a gathering of friends.

  • 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.

  • 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 ;( )

    • This looks a lot like what I make to pour over ice cream. Will it work for that purpose?

      • — Vicki Frederick on March 19, 2019
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      • Sure!

        • — Jenn on March 21, 2019
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  • I cannot wait to try this with my husband and daughter!

  • GREAT recipe! I introduced fondue to my 5 year old and 7 year old. A HUGE success on Valentine’s Day. Thank you!

  • Michele, Yes, a double boiler will work just fine. Enjoy 🙂

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

  • Made this for valentines day, it was so easy and just incredibly delicious. I combined semisweet and dark chocolates.

  • Yummy!!

  • 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.

  • I was looking for a fondue recipe and fondue pot for valentine’s day family event. thanks!!!

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