Chocolate fondue combines two wonderful things: loved ones and chocolate. You’ll find nothing brings people together quite like a melty, chocolatey treat — that’s why we're going to explore the best food dippers for chocolate fondue in this blog article.
How To Make Chocolate Fondue
First things first: let's talk about making the perfect fondue. Thankfully, it’s as easy as it is delicious!
If your favourite chocolate is couverture chocolate, then you're already 10 steps ahead. Why? Because couverture contains added cocoa butter; it melts easily and quickly to make a deliciously smooth fondue chocolate with very little effort. We say hurray to that! How do you make fondue with couverture chocolate? Simply chop the chocolate into pieces to measure about 1 1/4 cup, melt it at 30 second intervals in the microwave (go slow — don't let the chocolate burn!), then stir well until all the chocolate is melted. Fondue managed!
If you are not using couverture chocolate, then you'll want to add 1/3 cup heavy cream, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and a little butter to about 1 1/4 cup chopped chocolate. Here's how you do it: melt the chocolate, cream, butter, and vanilla in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second increments, stirring well, until it's all melted and mixed together. You can change it up — use dark, milk, or even white chocolate.
You may find it easier to use chocolate drops or chocolate chips to make fondue instead of bars of chocolate. Even though you’re dipping a variety of treats into your chocolate fondue, it’s best to use high quality chocolate, like couverture chocolate, because it offers the best mouthfeel, texture, and flavours.
Here are a few fondue food dipping ideas:
Crisped Rice Treats
These are a great snack as is, right? But cut them up into tiny little squares, stick them on a fork or skewer, then dip half of it in chocolate, and you’ll be hooked. Even more fun is changing up your crisped rice treats with simple additions. If you mix in some dehydrated strawberries, you’ll get a nice burst of berry sweetness with your fondue. Swirls of peanut butter in the Crisped Rice Treat is a tasty addition as well.
This one is always a pleasant surprise for guests, and it’s not as strange as it sounds. The sweet and salty combination is a classic and since you have to cook the bacon extra crispy, it makes it a bit chewier with the melted chocolate. The only drawback to dipping bacon is that it needs to be cooked well, stiff enough to dip, and cooled in advance so it's ready for the fondue. You’ll probably find it’s worth the wait. Bacon tastes delicious with milk chocolate and dark chocolate fondue.
Pretzels and Potato Chips
This creates the same sweet and salty combination as bacon but can be vegetarian friendly. It’s also quicker since you can use store-bought pretzels or chips instead of making your own. We recommend you use a thicker pretzel or chip though, (such as rippled or kettle-chips) so that the chip stays strong and crispy.
Cake Balls or Pieces
The idea here is that you’re making cake pops, but instead of icing them, you’re dipping them into fondue. You will want different cake varieties; try vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cake pops to start. Or create different fondues for different flavours of cake. White chocolate is just as delicious dipped on those three cakes, as well as carrot cake.
This option can be hit and miss because of "sweetness overload", but there are some options definitely worth trying. The most popular are sour candies (like Sour Keys), sour jellies, red licorice, and marshmallows. Typically, the more sour the candy, the better it will pair with a darker chocolate.
Other foods to dip in chocolate fondue
- Fresh Cherries
- Nilla wafers, Oreos, animal crackers, or other cookies
- Mini biscotti
- Graham crackers
- Orange or tangerine wedges
- Kiwi fruit slices
- Slices of peaches, plums, apricots
- Dried fruits, like figs, pineapple, or mangos