Easy Chocolate Fondue

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This chocolate fondue is the easiest dessert in the world to make — only 4 ingredients and you do it all in the microwave.

Chocolate fondue is not just a romantic dessert for grown-ups; it’s the ultimate family-style dessert. There is 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, 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.

As for what to serve with chocolate fondue, sky’s the limit. We love almond biscotti, shortbread or European biscuit cookies (look for the Petit Lu or Walker’s brands in the gourmet cookie section in your supermarket), strawberries, pound cake cubes, pretzel rods, madeleines, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

What You’ll Need To Make Chocolate Fondue

chocolate fondue ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

Place the chocolate, cream, butter, and sugar in a medium microwave-safe bowl.

cream, chocolate and butter in bowl

Cook on medium power until about three-quarters of the way melted, 30 to 60 seconds more. Stir, allowing the residual heat in the bowl to melt the remaining chocolate completely. (If necessary, place the chocolate back in microwave for a few seconds.)

melted chocolate

Transfer the mixture to a fondue pot or bowl and serve with assorted dippers.

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Chocolate Fondue

This chocolate fondue is the easiest dessert in the world to make — only 4 ingredients and you do it all in the microwave.

Servings: 4
Total Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Place the cream, chocolate, sugar, and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave on medium power (50%) for 1½ minutes. Take out and stir. Cook on medium power until about three-quarters of the way melted, 30 to 60 seconds more. Stir, allowing the residual heat in the bowl to melt the remaining chocolate completely. (If necessary, place the chocolate back in microwave for a few seconds.)
  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.

    • 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!

      • Thanks, Jenn
        I’ll let you know how it comes out

  • 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?

  • 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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