This chocolate fondue is a rich and creamy dark chocolate dip that takes just minutes to make. Serve your fondue with an assortment of fruit and sweet treats as dippers, and you’ll have an easy dessert that everyone is sure to enjoy!

You can never go wrong with a chocolate dessert, I typically make chocolate pudding cake or Nutella cookies when I’m looking for a chocolate fix. This fondue is also a great choice and it’s ready in just a few minutes. It’s also a great choice for Valentine’s Day along with a homemade heart cake.

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A strawberry on a skewer dipped into a bowl of chocolate fondue.

When I need a sweet treat without a lot of prep time, I pull out my fondue pot to make this rich chocolate treat. Fondue is great for parties, movie nights, or even as a fun and decadent after school snack.

How do you make chocolate fondue?

This fondue is as simple as melting chocolate and heavy cream together with a touch of vanilla extract! It’s best to serve your fondue immediately so that it doesn’t harden up. You can use a fondue pot if you have one, or simply use a small container with a tea light candle lit underneath it to provide a little heat to keep the chocolate liquid.

Chopped chocolate and heavy cream in a skillet.

Chocolate fondue variations

This is a classic dark chocolate version, but there are so many different ways to make a dessert fondue!

  • S’mores: Use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate, then swirl in 1/3 cup marshmallow cream and top with crumbled graham crackers.
  • Mint: Add 1/4 teaspoon mint extract and top with chopped Andes mints.
  • Peanut Butter: Use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate, then swirl in 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter.
  • White Chocolate Raspberry: Use white chocolate instead of dark chocolate, and swirl in raspberry jam.
  • Boozy Fondue: Try adding a splash of chambord or grand marnier.

Melted chocolate in a skillet.

What do you serve with chocolate fondue?

There are so many different dippers that you can serve with fondue. The classic choices are fresh fruit like strawberries, and cubes of pound cake. I also like to serve my fondue with pretzels, rice krispy treats, brownie bites, marshmallows, vanilla wafers and chocolate chip cookies.

How do you make chocolate fondue thicker?

This fondue will start to thicken as it cools. It will never completely harden because of the cream in the mixture. If you’d like to have thicker fondue, I recommend removing it from the heat and waiting 5-7 minutes and your chocolate will start to set up.

A strawberry being dipped into a bowl of fondue.

How do you reheat fondue?

You can reheat your fondue either in a pot on the stove over low heat, or in the microwave. If you choose to use the microwave, heat your fondue in 30 second increments, stirring occasionally until melted.

What’s the best chocolate for melting?

I recommend using chopped chocolate bar rather than chocolate chips for this recipe. Some brands of chocolate chips contain stabilizers to help them retain their shape, and they won’t melt smoothly. My favorite brands of chocolate are Ghirardelli and Guittard. You can find bars of these chocolates near the chocolate chips in the baking aisle.

A bowl of chocolate fondue surrounded by fruit, cake, rice krispy treats and pretzels.

I always keep a few chocolate bars on hand so that I can whip up some fondue at a moment’s notice! It’s a fun dessert that’s great for kids and is welcome at any special occasion.

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5 from 15 votes

Chocolate Fondue

AuthorSara Welch
A strawberry on a skewer dipped into a bowl of chocolate fondue.
This chocolate fondue is a rich and creamy dark chocolate dip that takes just minutes to make. Serve your fondue with an assortment of fruit and sweet treats as dippers, and you'll have an easy dessert that everyone is sure to enjoy!
Time
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 10

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assorted dippers such as berries, bananas, pound cake, pretzels and cookies

Instructions 

  • Heat the heavy cream in a pan over medium heat until hot, there should be bubbles around the sides of the pan. Do not boil.
  • Add the chocolate to the pan. Turn off the heat. Whisk until completely smooth.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract. Serve immediately with dippers.

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 181g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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  1. Oh wow, this one is a winner. I would love to try making this. My boys would absolutely love this.

  2. I never knew how easy to make fondue. Until I saw your blog. I’m going to try it out. Thanks for posting this.

  3. You can’t go wrong with chocolate or fondue! I want to make a family tradition of fondue on New Years Day…so pinning this recipe!

  4. Kids and young at heart will definitely enjoy that fondue. I do love dipping marshmallows or strawberries to my fondue. That must be so yummy!

  5. 5 stars
    I will have to save this recipe when I am craving some chocolate! Love how quickly I can whip this up!

  6. 5 stars
    The instructions are so easy to follow,I love fondue so much especially for my pretzels, I would really try this recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    Whenever I travel I often see chocolate fondue in the buffet dinner table and wonder how to make it as I love it so much. Glad to come across the recipe here.

  8. Wow that looks amazing. I could really go for a sweet dessert like this sometime this weekend. I think we will do just that!

  9. 5 stars
    Wow, the is so delicious and the procedure look so easy to follow. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

  10. Thanks for the recipe, that’ll be a big help for the next party I throw. I didn’t know that some chocolate chips contain stabilisers.

  11. I love super simple recipes… I never made a fondue but this time, i will give it a try.

  12. ooh what a lovely recipe this is, i love fondue with strawberries and marshmallows i have never made fondue but i might just give it a go, thanks for this