INSIDE: Ultimate Guide on what to dip in chocolate fountain fondues – including easy fondue recipes!
If you are looking for fun things to do with kids, one of the best activities we’ve tried is a Chocolate Fondue party with lots of things to dip in chocolate.
Boys, girls, kids of all ages won’t say no to this invitation.
Want to know what food is good to dip in chocolate?
We’ve gathered a list of the BEST Chocolate Fondue ingredients you can use to dip in a chocolate fountain, or chocolate fondue dish.
Plus all you need to know how to make a homemade chocolate fountain party.
Take a look below for details!
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- 1 What is Chocolate Fondue?
- 2 Chocolate Fondue for Kids
- 3 BIG LIST of What to Dip in Chocolate Fountain
- 4 Best Chocolate Fountain Ideas
- 5 Best Chocolate Fountain Fruit ideas
- 6 Best Chocolate Fondue Dippers
- 7 Fun Chocolate Fondue dippers for kids
- 8 Best Chocolate Fondue Recipe (Quick and Easy)
- 9 What chocolate to use for fondue?
- 10 Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue
- 11 Keto Chocolate Fondue recipe
- 12 Vegan Chocolate Fondue
- 13 How to make Chocolate Fondue for Chocolate Fountain Recipe
- 14 Best Chocolate Fountain for Home
- 15 Looking for more fun things to make and do?
What is Chocolate Fondue?
Chocolate fondue is a dish inspired by the original cheese fondue, a food that gained popularity as a national dish from Switzerland in the 1930’s when it was promoted by the Swiss Cheese Union as such.
According to Wikipedia, the original cheese fondue was a communal pot of delicious melted cheese dish kept warm by a portable cooking stove (réchaud) heated with a candle or spirit lamp.
Family and friends were invited to share in the fun by dipping bread into the cheese using long-stemmed forks.
Chocolate fondue is a more recent invention following the same principle.
That is, a warmed melted chocolate concoction, served in individual dishes, a communal pot, or from a fountain, with a selection of yummy ‘fondue dippers’ to match.
Chocolate Fondue for Kids
Here’s a unique idea for a trampoline sleepover, or a birthday party.
Host a Chocolate Fondue party for kids!
Gather up a bunch of fun and fabulous ingredients from the list below, pair it with some freshly melted chocolate in a jug, and take the whole shebang to a trampoline sleepover on a serving tray.
(You can put the chocolate into little individual dishes to stop kids sharing germs)
It keeps the mess OUT of the house, and makes this delicious adventure into a memory they’ll keep forever!
Hot tip: Do try the churros!
BIG LIST of What to Dip in Chocolate Fountain
While sweet treats like fruit, cookies, and biscuits come to mind, our tip is to try dipping SAVORY foods!
The unusual mix of sweet warm chocolate and savory crunch is unexplainably good.
There’s no limits on what you can try dipping in chocolate fountains.
But here’s a good starter list of foods to dip in chocolate.
Best Chocolate Fountain Ideas
What kind of fruit is good to dip in chocolate?
You need toothpicks or wooden skewers to begin.
Fruit is a good balancing act.
Be sure to have lots of options!
The best fresh fruit for chocolate fondue is whatever takes your fancy!
Best Chocolate Fountain Fruit ideas
- chunks of chopped strawberries
- chunks of chopped banana
- orange segments
- mandarin pieces
- apple slices
- nashi pear quarters
- kiwi fruit quarters
- green grapes and red grapes
- melon (cantaloupe/rockmelon, honey dew melon, watermelon chunks)
Best Chocolate Fondue Dippers
More Chocolate Fondue dipping items
Here’s a few standard things to dip in chocolate fondue, as well as some not-so-standard fondue dippers.
- pretzel sticks or pretzels
- plain butter shortbread biscuits
- ice cream wafers
- chunks of brownies
- slices of muffins
- custard filled mini profiteroles
- homemade muesli bars
- freshly cooked churros
- cake balls
- macarons in all the flavors
- cashew nuts
- Toll House chocolate chip cookies
- Christmas gingerbread
- edible flowers and fresh edible rose petals
The list of best things to dip in chocolate fountain are ever evolving!
Fun Chocolate Fondue dippers for kids
Kids go for these chocolate fountain dipping items!
- day-old banana bread (so it’s a little firmer to bite into!)
- strips of pikelets or pancakes
- rice krispy treats
- marshmallows (big ones, and mini ones)
- Oreos (for a double chocolate hit), or Gluten free oreos
- licorice straps or licorice twists
- peppermint candy sticks
- gummy bears
- breadsticks dipped in peanut butter, then double dunked in chocolate!
Savory Chocolate Fountain dipping ideas
The world is your oyster when it comes to savory foods to dip in chocolate!
Start here with these savory chocolate fondue ideas.
- plain salted crisps or chips (OMG! So good. Just like this unusual dish we tried in Tokyo – add a scoop of ice cream to boot!)
- broken up pieces of croissant
- slices of bell peppers (capsicum)
- string cheese
- mozzarella string cheese
- Babybel cheese
- salami sticks
- bacon strips (yes! it’s strangely good)
- brie cheese chunks
- animal crackers
- Graham crackers
- cheese straws
- camerbert cheese chunks
- HOT french fries!
Best Chocolate Fondue Recipe (Quick and Easy)
Here’s a easy chocolate fondue recipe that you can use if you don’t have a fountain, or want to eat the fondue outside during a trampoline sleepover!
This recipe can also be called Microwave Chocolate Fondue, as there’s the option to make it in the microwave OR in a water bath on the stove.
This easy chocolate fondue recipe has just 6 ingredients, most of which you’ll find in your cupboard.
Plus, it’s ok to reheat it in the microwave if it starts to harden up before you’ve eaten all the treats you’ve prepared to dip in the chocolate!
Not that THAT is likely to happen.
You can also do a crockpot chocolate fondue.
What chocolate to use for fondue?
If you’ve ever asked, ‘what kind of chocolate should I use for a fondue fountain and why?’ or ‘can I used chocolate chips in my chocolate fountain’, here’s the answers.
Yes, you can use chocolate chips!
The best chocolate for chocolate fountain success is one of these things:
- real chocolate chips (not imitations)
- Belgian chocolate bars (choose the brand with the highest cocoa butter percentage) Belgian chocolate
- your favorite plain chocolate bars or flavored chocolate bars
- candy melts as a last resort
- either Cadbury dark chocolate or Cadbury milk chocolate blocks
To spice it up, add flavors like mint or orange, coffee powder, lemon zest, lime zest, lavender or caramel.
You can also mix nutella with a little thickened cream for a fast fondue mix when you don’t have real chocolate (but not in a fountain).
Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue
If you don’t eat dairy, here’s a dairy free Chocolate Fondue recipe to try.
I like this one because it uses coconut cream!
It’s healthy and natural.
Keto Chocolate Fondue recipe
It’s not easy to find a Keto Chocolate dip recipe that doesn’t need all those fake sugar alternatives.
This one in the video above has monk fruit sweetener (made from the extract from dried fruit) in it, but you can swap that out for rice syrup or stevia if you prefer.
Fun fact: Monk fruit is a small, round fruit grown in Southeast Asia.
Monk fruit sweetener is super sweet, calorie free, and most importantly does not raise blood glucose levels like sugar does.
This exotic find has only been in the market for around 10 years, but is fast becoming a firm favorite of Keto fans, and those on sugar free diets.
Vegan Chocolate Fondue
Here’s a vegan recipe for Chocolate fondue too.
It’s a mix of dark chocolate, and vegetable oil.
How to make Chocolate Fondue for Chocolate Fountain Recipe
A chocolate fountain recipe is thinner than a traditional chocolate fondue recipe, as it needs to continue pouring.
Oil is the key.
Chocolate fountain ingredients?
Some recipes call for canola oil, or olive oil, but coconut oil tastes better.
Mix and match.
The basic premise is one tablespoon of oil to one cup of chocolate.
Here’s a definitive guide to quantities. (Skip the kahlua!)
Hot tip: NEVER put water anywhere near your chocolate fondue as it will cause the chocolate to seize.
And that’s the end of that.
Best Chocolate Fountain for Home
Wilton Chocolate Pro Chocolate Fountain
This chocolate fondue fountain is the pick of the bunch. Made by a well known chocolatier company, you can’t go wrong with this chocolate fondue maker.
And with a 4 pound capacity, you can feed the neighbourhood.
The bowl design is unique, but it still has the traditional three tiers that can be put together in minutes.
And just three simple settings:
- preheat, and
I love that it’s chocolate colored too!
Without doubt, this one rules for style.
Nostalgia Chocolate Fondue Fountain
For those who only want an affordable chocolate fountain on a budget option, to use once in a while, this chocolate fountain fits the bill.
It’s a three tier chocolate fountain set up too, but more compact, with a 1.5 pound capacity.
Easy to assemble, clean and pack away, as all pieces come apart.
You can use this flowing fountain for nacho cheese and ranch dressing too, for those Mexican or Americana themed nights.
Bring out this cheese and chocolate fondue machine for popcorn, pretzels, chicken wings and grilled veggies on a skewer for a party with a difference.
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