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post #1 of 14
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I'm wanting to have chocolate fondue this Friday for DH and I to enjoy as part of our Valentine's celebration. Most people I've talked to (and most research I've done) suggests getting an electric pot.

But to anyone who considers themselves a connoisseur of the fondue, do you have any suggestions?

Better yet, any recipes for a delicious chocolate fondue?
post #2 of 14
Not really, however you can have fun with the melted chocolate other then to eat it
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Not really, however you can have fun with the melted chocolate other then to eat it
Only if it isn't too hot though...OUCH!
post #4 of 14
Make sure you put some cream in the pot with the chocolate

We had chocolate fondue with friends once, we were christening the fondue pot. The chocolate went hard and lumpy and was burning the pot. I said I was pretty sure you had to put cream in (which we had), and she refused to do it saying it was unhealthy enough. So we sent the husbands out to get more chocolate since she was convinced it was just the chocolate we had. I kept saying we needed to put cream in it. Finally I said to her "you're just going to throw it anyway, let me just try it and se what happens". So I did and the chocolate went all liquid and creamy and perfect! I was trying sooooooo hard not to be smug, but it was hard
post #5 of 14
I love Fondue and always have it. I do not the electric Pots. My Chocolate Fondue Pot is a Hersheys Kiss and the Cheese Fondue Pot is one you have to light. I have alot of ideas for you but I do not want to confuse you. I do have a recope book for Fondue. What kind of Chcolate are you looking for? We have made it ourseves too.
post #6 of 14
I've had 2 fondue sets over the course of my life. Both had some kind of burner under it that you filled with kerosene or something. Both found their way into charity thrift shops!

I've never really understood the attraction of fondue. I don't get what's so special about dipping bread on a stick into a pot of melted cheesse, or a strawberry into a pot of melted chocolate.

I know you can do "deep frying" fondues where you stick a piece of meat on a stick and deep fry it in the pot. But to me that is tedious. I don't want to have to work so hard for every bite of food, especially when I'm hungry! Not to mention the amount of fat you end up consuming.


I suppose they are ok if you are only looking for a light snack, but it's sure not something I would have for dinner.
post #7 of 14
Hershey's actually sells a fondue chocolate which is heatable in a pot or in the microwave. So what I do is heat up the chocolate in the microwave to save the waiting time and then pour it into the preheated pot.

I suggest the following fruits: Strawberries, Bananas, Pears, various mellon, apples

I would avoid: Orance slices or grapefruit because it's never sweet enough to be a tasty treat, also avoid any fruit with a pit like grapes or cherries

I love the occasional fondue... mmmmm now i'm hungry!
post #8 of 14
You should not use a plain metal pot for chocolate fondue either. It's best to use an enameled one.
post #9 of 14
I have no fondue pot, but I love fondues.
I'm hoping to go to The Melting Pot for my 40th birthday this year.

Thing I like most I guess is that because you do have to put so much work into each bite, that you actually ending up feeling full while eating less, always a bonus in my book.

I hope your Valentine's Day Fondue goes swimmingly
post #10 of 14
I use an electric fondue pot. I buy the hershey fondue choclolate and use cream. we eat bananas, strawberries, apples. angel food cake, cake donuts, and of course my kids love to lick off their fingers
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! I will have to check into all of that.

I'm looking at getting the Rival Stainless Steel Fondue Maker. It's about $25 and has gotten GREAT reviews everywhere. The inside is nonstick, so that'll be great. It also comes with 8 forks. Most I've seen come with 6.

Anyway, I hope Target still has it in stock.
post #12 of 14
My chocolate fondue pot is tealight-driven. I suppose the electric ones would keep it from burning on the bottom, but, honestly, it's never around long enough for that to be an issue.

I just melt mine down in the microwave. I keep it pretty simple, and just melt about 8 oz of chocolate and mix in a couple tablespoons of cream and about 1/4 cup of Cointreau. (The original recipe called for 2 tbsp of Cointreau and 1/4 cup of cream, but my mother and I decided that it would be better if we reversed it. )
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Tari View Post
melt about 8 oz of chocolate and mix in a couple tablespoons of cream and about 1/4 cup of Cointreau. (The original recipe called for 2 tbsp of Cointreau and 1/4 cup of cream, but my mother and I decided that it would be better if we reversed it. )
I think I'd like you and your mum!
post #14 of 14
A couple of years ago I went to a friend's house warming party. She had chocolate fondue and everyone dipped strawberries in it.
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