Food to Love: Do You Fondue?

If a warm, smooth dip coating a delicious bite of food sounds too good to be true, then it’s time for you to get to know fondue. This style of food includes several types of delicious dips, most commonly in the families of chocolate fondue and cheese fondue. The dips are heated, typically in a fondue pot that can keep them at just the right temperature, and then you can dip a variety of items into them to enjoy the fondue one bite at a time.

Chocolate fondue

Richly decadent dark chocolate fondue is hard to pass up, but easy to make. The base recipe only requires 1/3 cup of whipping cream and 6 ounces of BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, heated and stirred together to make a creamy dipping sauce. The possibilities for adaptations are endless, though. For example, you can make a chocolate coffee fondue by adding brewed MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee to the recipe, or incorporate any number of flavorings, including baking extracts, citrus zest, nuts, candies, or liqueurs.

Supply an assortment of any of these ingredients to dip into chocolate fondue for a variety of delicious bites:

  • Pound cake cubes
  • JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
  • Strawberries
  • Banana slices
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Biscotti
  • Gingerbread cubes
  • Pineapple slices
  • Chocolate chip cookie wedges
  • Chocolate cheesecake bites
  • Donut holes
  • Waffle strips

Cheese fondue

If you thought chocolate fondue was versatile, you are in for a surprise in the world of cheese fondue. The base for the fondue can be any number of liquids, including white wine, apple juice, or even chicken broth. Then add a favorite cheese or two and some additional seasonings to round out the flavors. The result can be anything from a zesty queso dip to a refined Swiss cheese fondue.

Dipping items for cheese fondue typically focus on bread and vegetables, but they can include any number of these items:

  • Bread cubes
  • Apple slices
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Broccoli florets
  • Cauliflower florets
  • Bell pepper strips
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Grapes
  • Cured meats

Fondue with a few items to dip can make a simple appetizer or dessert for a family mealtime at home, or a big platter makes an ideal spread for a fancy party. The assortment of possible ingredients and flavorings makes fondue a versatile dish that you can experiment with and discover what combinations you like best.