This classic Chocolate Fondue is festive, simple, and delicious. It only takes 10 minutes, 4 ingredients, and all your favorite things to dip: fresh fruit, cake, marshmallows, all of it!

Chocolate fondue served with candy, cookies, cake, and fresh fruit.
Table of Contents
  1. Ingredient notes
  2. Step-by-step instructions
  3. Recipe tips and variations
  4. Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Ingredient notes

  • Chocolate: If possible, use a premium chocolate with at least 60% cacao.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Set a glass or metal bowl over a pot of gently simmering water to create a double boiler (do not let the water touch the bowl). Add heavy cream to bowl and heat until the cream feels hot to the touch (140 to 150 degrees).
Cream being heated in a double boiler.
  1. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Add salt to taste if desired.
Stirring chocolate into a bowl of cream to make fondue.
  1. Transfer to a fondue pot and heat the fuel underneath to keep warm (keep the flame low). Serve with fresh fruit, pound cake, brownies, cookies, marshmallows, pretzels, all your favorites.
Chocolate fondue in a silver fondue pot.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Citrus: Break apart citrus fruit (tangerine, orange, grapefruit) into segments carefully without breaking the inner membranes. Place the segments on a baking rack in a warm, oven (preheated to 200 and turned off) for several hours. The membranes will turn crisp so the juicy segments will burst in your mouth.
  • Fruit: banana slices, chunks of pineapple, mango, papaya, strawberries, raspberries, or dried apricots
  • Crunchy: Dip salty pretzels or try sprinkling toasted coconut, slivered almonds, crushed hazelnuts on your goodies after dipping.
  • Cake and bars: Cubes of pound cake, Angel food cake, brownies, blondies, or Rice Krispie treats
  • Cookies and candy: Ginger snaps, Pizzelle, graham crackers, red velvet cookies, peanut butter cookies, marshmallows
  • Spices: cinnamon, chili powder, crunchy sea salt for sprinkling on top
Chocolate fondue served with candy, cookies, cake, and fresh fruit.

Favorite dippers for Fondue

Chocolate fondue served with candy, cookies, cake, and fresh fruit.

Chocolate Fondue

This classic Chocolate Fondue is festive, simple, and delicious. It only takes 10 minutes, 4 ingredients, and all your favorite things to dip: fresh fruit, cake, marshmallows, all of it!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 12 servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Calories 349

Ingredients 

To make the fondue:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces premium dark chocolate chopped or chips (at least 60% cacao, see note 1)
  • 8 ounces premium milk chocolate chopped or chips
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Salt optional

For serving:

  • Fresh fruit: Strawberries, oranges, bananas, pineapple, cherries
  • Baked goods: Brownies, rice krispie treats, cookies, Angel food cake, pound cake
  • Candy: Marshmallows, caramels, peanut brittle

Instructions 

  • Set a glass or metal bowl over a pot of gently simmering water to create a double boiler (do not let the water touch the bowl).
  • Add heavy cream to bowl and heat until the cream feels hot to the touch (140 to 150 degrees). Add chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  • Whisk in vanilla. Add salt to taste if desired. Transfer to a fondue pot and heat the fuel underneath to keep warm (keep the flame low). Serve with fruit or other sweets.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Chocolate: If possible, use a premium chocolate with at least 60% cacao.
  2. Citrus: Break apart citrus fruit (tangerine, orange, grapefruit) into segments carefully without breaking the inner membranes. Place the segments on a baking rack in a warm, oven (preheated to 200 and turned off) for several hours. The membranes will turn crisp so the juicy segments will burst in your mouth.
  3. Fruit: banana slices, chunks of pineapple, mango, papaya, strawberries, raspberries, or dried apricots
  4. Crunchy: Dip salty pretzels or try sprinkling toasted coconut, slivered almonds, crushed hazelnuts on your goodies after dipping.
  5. Cake and bars: Cubes of pound cake, Angel food cake, brownies, blondies, or Rice Krispie treats
  6. Cookies and candy: Ginger snaps, Pizzelle, graham crackers, red velvet cookies, peanut butter cookies, marshmallows
  7. Spices: cinnamon, chili powder, crunchy sea salt for sprinkling on top

Nutrition

Calories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 22mgPotassium: 221mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 590IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 3mg
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