Chocolate Fondue–Fondue Pot Optional

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Due to an uncommon family tradition, whenever I think of fondue, I think of New Year’s Eve. For years, instead of going out, we have celebrated quietly–with a holiday film and three fondues in front of the fire.  Cheese and meat for dinner, then chocolate fondue for dessert!

Fondue makes any occasion fun! And chocolate fondue with strawberries & fresh fruits is tasty, healthy & perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Fruit & Chocolate Fondue

But fondue is too much fun to limit to just one night—and chocolate fondue is perfect for Valentine’s Day! So why not melt a little chocolate and pull up some plump ripe strawberries! How many people have chocolate covered strawberries as their favorite Valentine’s Day dessert, after all!

There is even a romantic tradition associated with fondue.  If your dipper falls off in the pot you are supposed to kiss the person next to you!  Fondue makes any occasion fun! And chocolate fondue with strawberries & fresh fruits is tasty, healthy & perfect for Valentine’s Day!Did you know that many fondues don’t even require a fondue pot? This year, with my pots at our “cabin up north” and us staying home (oops), I learned that a basic crock pot works just fine for chocolate and cheese fondues.   And word on the street is that bamboo skewers can sub for fondue forks (we DID have fondue forks at home—go figure).      

Healthy Fondue Dippers

This year, I decided to reprise my chocolate fondue as a (pre-)Valentine’s day treat–and to do it with a twist.  In honor of healthier eating, (and Veggie Wednesdays/Thursdays), I would not serve any cake.  My dippers would all be fruit and nuts.  

Fondue makes any occasion fun! And chocolate fondue with strawberries & fresh fruits is tasty, healthy & perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate fondue dipping!

I really was worried we’d miss the carbs.  And I’ll admit I looked wistfully at my husband at one point and said, “just one donut…”   But when the pot was empty, everyone felt satisfied.   And we liked every single fruit we tried, even the orange slices!

This year, I decided to reprise my chocolate fondue as a (pre-)Valentine’s day treat--and to do it with a twist.  In honor of healthier eating, (and Veggie Wednesdays/Thursdays), I would not serve any cake.  My dippers would all be fruit and nuts.  

Fruit & Chocolate Fondue

Dessert goes healthy—who’d have thought! 

Chocolate Fondue
Serves 6
Fondue makes any occasion fun! And chocolate fondue with strawberries & fresh fruits is tasty, healthy & perfect for Valentine’s Day!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
486 calories
38 g
67 g
34 g
6 g
20 g
107 g
61 g
31 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
107g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 486
Calories from Fat 301
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g
52%
Saturated Fat 20g
100%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 67mg
22%
Sodium 61mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 31g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
14%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
14%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 12 ounces chocolate (milk, semi-sweet or dark)
  2. 1 cup heavy cream (or about 2/3 cup half & half--see note)
  3. (optional) 2 Tablespoons Liqueur (Irish cream, Kahlua, etc.)
  4. Fruit and nuts as dippers (or cut up cake if you don't mind the carbs)!
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate in a saucepan on medium low or in a double boiler, stirring constantly (chocolate burns very easily). Gradually add cream (or half & half) and stir until combined. Add liqueur if using.
  2. Transfer mixture to warm fondue pot or crock pot.
  3. To serve, spear a dipper like a fresh berry with a fondue fork, then dip in the melted chocolate.
Notes
  1. You can substitute half and half for the cream to save calories. In that case, start with no more than 2/3 cup and test the consistency, adding more if desired. Half and half is thinner and can produce a runny fondue if you add too much.
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fat
34g
protein
6g
carbs
38g
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4 Comments

  1. Look wonderful!! Many times I dont make a chocolate fondue Inger!!

  2. How on earth did I get to be 58 years old and never have chocolate fondue?! I remember fondly fondue being served at the holidays by my mother and her copper chafing dish. It was only cheese – never chocolate. I feel deprived… Sounds like a fun tradition, Inger!

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