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Our easy chocolate fondue recipe creates a decadent, silky smooth dessert you’ll love. It’s perfect to dip anything from your favorite fruits to other treats like brownies into. You’ll love having this to cap off a date night at home or serving this at any dinner party.

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Chocolate Fondue

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Easy Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Easy chocolate fondue tastes as good as it is simple to make. You don’t need to spend a lot of time fusing with this recipe, and you will still get great results each time.

We love this recipe because it is a fun way to enjoy our favorite desserts. And since it only takes a few minutes to make, you can serve it just about any night of the week when you want to spend a bit of quality time with your family.

Maybe the best part is this basic recipe only needs three ingredients. Of course, that’s not including the dippables! But you can use just about any cake, cookie, fruit, or marshmallow you want to dip directly in this chocolate fondue.

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What is chocolate fondue?

The word fondue is from the French word “fondre” which means to melt. So, the dish chocolate fondue is luxurious melted chocolate that you dip small pieces of fruit or sweets into.

Why is this the best chocolate fondue recipe?

This is the best chocolate fondue recipe because it uses only three ingredients to create a heavenly dessert experience. 

Plus, it’s super easy to put this recipe together and you don’t have to worry about being stuck at the stove. You can make it right in your Instant Pot for a portable fondue station you can enjoy anywhere.

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Chocolate Fondue Ingredients 

When you are ready to make this delicious chocolate fondue, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chocolate - You’ll want to choose high quality chocolate. It can be milk, dark, or semisweet chips or bars.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream - There is no great substitution for this. If you wanted to make it vegan, you could try this with coconut cream or a similar fatty milk-alternative, but it will likely create a different taste.
  • Vanilla extract - You can use either pure or imitation.
  • Dip-ables - For dipping, we like to use strawberries, sliced bananas, sliced apples, grapes, blueberries, pretzel sticks, marshmallows, cookies, wafers, and brownies.

What is the best chocolate for fondue?

Because the chocolate is the star of this recipe, you want to make sure you are choosing the best chocolate for the job.

The best chocolate for chocolate fondue is a high quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate. To make sure it’s high quality, read the ingredients and make sure it has as few ingredients as possible. 

How to Make Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue steps

First, add three cups of water to the inner pot of the Instant pot.

Next, place a glass bowl that fits on top of the Instant Pot liner so that it sticks out the top of the liner. If your glass bowl is small and fits into the Instant Pot Liner, use a trivet to place the glass bowl on top.

Once the bowl is in place, add the chocolate and  heavy whipping cream to the bowl.

Next, turn on sauté mode, occasionally stir the ingredients gently for about 12 minutes or until the fondue is smooth.

Cancel the sauté function and then press the keep warm button.

Finally, stir in the vanilla extract and then either transfer to a dipping bowl or serve with dip-ables directly in the Instant Pot.

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Pro tips and tricks

When making chocolate fondue, you’ll want to follow these tips and tricks to ensure the best results:

  • If your bowl sits on the trivet, make sure the water does not touch the bottom. If the water hits the bottom of the bowl, it can burn the chocolate as it boils.
  • To keep it warm, leave the bowl in the Instant Pot and set the pot to warm.
  • Make sure you use high quality chocolate for the fondue, it tends to melt better and have a richer flavor and thicker texture.

Why is my easy chocolate fondue watery?

Chocolate can be very temperamental when you make it. If the chocolate has separated at all during the cooking process or seized because you’ve added extra liquid like a liqueur, the chocolate may have watery parts and lumpy parts.

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How do I thicken chocolate fondue?

To thicken chocolate fondue if it is too thin, don’t worry! You can add a cornstarch whipping cream slurry after the chocolate is melted and you’ve removed it from the heat. 

To do it, just whisk together cornstarch and heavy cream and then stir it into the fondue. Then, keep whisking as the mixture heats and thickens.

If you don’t have cornstarch on hand, you could try adding a bit more chocolate or letting the fondue cool slightly.

How do you keep chocolate fondue from hardening? 

The key to keeping the fondue from hardening is keeping it warm. For best results, you want to keep it warm but not hot.

To do that, keep the fondue in a metal or glass bowl set tightly over a bowl of warm water. 

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What to dip in chocolate fondue?

Whatever you want!

Some of our favorite dippers are:

How long will chocolate fondue last?

It will last 3 to 4 days in the fridge. You can also freeze it for up to a month in a freezer safe container.

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Can chocolate fondue be stored and reheated?

Yes it can!

To do it, pour the chocolate into an airtight container and then refrigerate it for 3 to 4 days. Then to reheat the fondue, microwave at 50% power, stirring frequently until melted.

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Let us know what you think

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Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Our easy chocolate fondue recipe creates a decadent, silky smooth dessert you’ll love. It’s perfect to dip anything from your favorite fruits to other treats like brownies into. You’ll love having this to cap off a date night at home or serving this at any dinner party.

Ingredients

  • Chocolate (High Quality chips or bar) 24 oz.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract 1 tsp

Dip-ables

  • Fruits (Strawberries, Bananas cut into 1 inch slices, sliced apples, grapes, blueberries)
  • Pretzel sticks, marsh mellows, cookies, wafers, brownies

Instructions

How to Make Chocolate Fondue

First, add three cups of water to the inner pot of the Instant pot.

Next, place a glass bowl that fits on top of the Instant Pot liner so that it sticks out the top of the liner. If your glass bowl is small and fits into the Instant Pot Liner, use a trivet to place the glass bowl on top.

Once the bowl is in place, add the chocolate and  heavy whipping cream to the bowl.

Next, turn on sauté mode, occasionally stir the ingredients gently for about 12 minutes or until the fondue is smooth.

Cancel the sauté function and then press the keep warm button.

Finally, stir in the vanilla extract and then either transfer to a dipping bowl or serve with dip-ables directly in the Instant Pot.

Notes

Pro tips and tricks

When making chocolate fondue, you’ll want to follow these tips and tricks to ensure the best results:

  • If your bowl sits on the trivet, make sure the water does not touch the bottom. If the water hits the bottom of the bowl, it can burn the chocolate as it boils.
  • To keep it warm, leave the bowl in the Instant Pot and set the pot to warm.
  • Make sure you use high quality chocolate for the fondue, it tends to melt better and have a richer flavor and thicker texture.

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