Have a Fondue Party

by candy47

A fondue party is a great way to bring friends together, everyone can be a chef. Your fondue party can be cheese, chocolate or meat, it's always a fun time.

I remember way back in the 1970's going to and hosting fondue parties. It was practically a weekly event that we all looked forward to. Each guest gets a fondue fork or wooden skewer if you don't have enough forks, and then they stab and dip. My parties were always cheese fondue but I attended plenty of chocolate and meat fondues too. Fondue pots have come a long way since then. Some are electric and some are double pots side by side in one base. Bring back the fondue!

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Chocolate Fondue Pots

These chocolate fondue pots will brighten any table and be a source of conversation while dipping fresh fruit into warm, thick chocolate. Yes you can have two pots going at one time especially if you have a large group.

  • Strawberries, maraschino cherries, pineapple chunks, pound cake and marshmallows are just a few ideas as dippers for chocolate fondue.

Basic Chocolate Fondue

16 oz. Chocolate (semi-sweet, dark or milk chocolate)

2 cups heavy cream

2 Tblsp. orange liqueur (optional) If you don't want to use liqueur, vanilla extract is fine just reduce the amount to 1 tsp.

I like to add a pinch of cayenne pepper.


Break chocolate into chunks, place in top of double boiler with heavy cream. Stir over low heat until mixture is combined then transfer to fondue pot. Keep warm during use.

Cheese fondue should be kept at a constant temperature to keep the mixture smooth and slightly thick but not so hot that it burns the bottom of the pot. Electric fondue pots have temperature control settings to maintain that perfect consistency.

Classic Swiss Fondue

With two types of cheese

½ lb. Swiss Emmenthal

½ lb. Gruyere

1 cup Chardonnay or any dry white wine

3 Tblsp. Kirsch (cherry brandy)

2 tsp. cornstarch

1 clove garlic, cut in half


Rub the inside of fondue pot with cut sides of the garlic. Discard garlic. Set fondue pot aside. Cut cheese into cubes and place in the top of a double boiler with ½ cup wine. Stir until cheese begins to melt, then gradually add another ½ cup wine. Dissolve cornstarch in the kirsch then add to cheese mixture. Stirring until mixture is thick and smooth. Transfer mixture to fondue pot. Sprinkle with grated nutmeg if desired. Keep warm during use.

Fondue is a French verb meaning 'to melt'!

Fondue Recipes

Cookbook from The Melting Pot

Dip Into Something Different is an exciting collection of fondue recipes that brings The Melting Pot restaurant directly to your dining room. They'll show you how to create the perfect fondue party for friends to gather around a warm pot of melted goodness.

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Updated: 05/01/2016, candy47
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candy47 on 05/14/2016

Thanks Susan. I have fond memories of fondue parties in the 1970's.

Sgolis on 05/14/2016

I have not had fondue is so long, but love the chocolate for fruit. Nice pots shared here.

candy47 on 05/01/2016

Sure you can substitute white chocolate. I might add peppermint extract instead of orange liqueur.

Sandy KS on 05/01/2016

I have a fondue set. But I never use it. As I don't know any recipes. Now I have yours to try. Do you know if I can substitute white chocolate for the regular chocolate?

candy47 on 10/20/2015

I like the swirl bowl too blackspaniel, it reminds me of the 1960's.

blackspanielgallery on 10/01/2015

Thatswirl bowl is very colorful. It gets the attention.

CruiseReady on 10/01/2015

Wow, does THIS ever bring back some memories! I had practically forgotten about fondue. What a neat reminder.

Veronica on 09/29/2015

our next door neighbour ( RIP ) used to host them . My oldest son could have eaten the entire pot if we had allowed it . he loved it.

candy47 on 09/29/2015

Sounds like you've had some fun with fondue Veronica!

Veronica on 09/29/2015

I have been to lots of fondue parties ; lots of emmenthal and kirsch .

My nephew had a chocolate fondue at his wedding , lots of fruits, marshmallows, biscuits, meringues glorious

Ty for posting .

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