The Melting Pot is an absolute favorite restaurant of ours. Something about dipping solid carbs into liquid carbs just excites me! 🙂 And we love The Melting Pot’s chocolate fondue so much that we used to go there a few times a month and just order dessert… way back in the day before kids and a mortgage. Now we bring the fondue fun home with our own homemade chocolate fondue.
Pair this yummy melted chocolate with your favorite dippers for a decadent and easy interactive dessert.
This homemade chocolate fondue has become a Valentine’s Day tradition in our house. The kids absolutely LOVE it! And hey, at least they’re getting their fruit servings in. BTW – This is also my rationale behind apple pie, strawberry cheesecake, cherry cobbler, and pretty much any other dessert that includes fruit which, remember, has a substantial place on the Food Pyramid.
But the absolute best thing about this homemade chocolate fondue is how easy it is to make. No fancy fondue pot or fondue forks needed! We just use a makeshift double-boiler and wooden skewers.
How do I make my own double-boiler? I’m glad you asked!
How to Make Your Own Double-Boiler
Just fill a saucepan with about 2 inches of water and set it on the stove to come up to a boil. As the water is heating, take a heat-proof bowl (we used a Pyrex dish) and set it on top of the saucepan. You want your bowl to rest above the heat from the boiling water, but not touch the water. Then, dump your chocolate chips into the bowl to melt, stirring often. Sounds complicated, but it’s really not… Here’s what our “double-boiler” looks like:
This is the method that we always use to melt chocolate.
*Tip – If you happen to accidentally burn your chocolate, don’t worry! It happens to the best of us (raising hand!). Don’t trash it! I know from experience that you can add a few tablespoons of hot water to the burnt chocolate and stir and it will be good as new!
Easy Dipper Ideas for Homemade Chocolate Fondue
To make this easy homemade chocolate fondue even easier, use pre-cut and packaged treats as dippers! For easy dippers we used:
Pre-made Sara Lee pound cake (in the freezer section)
Entenmann’s Brownie Bites
Pre-cut pineapple chunks
Strawberries and bananas
I was going for a dessert charcuterie look so I piled a cutting board high with all the things…
Low carb diet, what?
We’ll start the diet again on Monday. 🙂
Try this homemade chocolate fondue for a Valentine’s Day treat or make it with your hubby during a fun stay at home date night! You won’t be disappointed!
And, if you’re looking for a great portable chocolate dessert to feed a crowd, check out my Momma’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Sheet Cake. Don’t tell anyone, but the secret ingredient is cinnamon! 🙂
Or, if you’re like me and chocolate is your weakness, then here’s an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast, too: Best Ever Mini Chocolate Chip Pancakes (from a $1 muffin mix package)!
For the Chocolate Fondue
- 12 oz chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk, or dark)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3 tbsp chunky peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Your Favorite Dippers
- Pineapple chunks
- Maraschino cherries
- Pound cake
- Brownie Bites
- Bring a saucepan with about 2 inches of water up to a boil on the stovetop.
- As the water is heating, rest a heat-safe bowl on top of the saucepan so that it is just above the water. You want your bowl to be heated by the boiling water, but not actually touch the water. Be sure to use a hot pad to not burn yourself during this process. 🙂
- Heat the heavy cream in the bowl, then add chocolate chips.
- Stir the chocolate and cream mixture frequently until it is just melted.
- Add vanilla extract and chunky peanut butter and stir until combined.
- Remove from heat and portion into individual ramekins or bowls. Serve immediately with dippers of your choice.
If you accidentally burn your chocolate: Add one tablespoon of hot water at a time, stirring in between, until desired consistency is reached.
Serving Size:6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 469 Total Fat: 30g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 98mg Carbohydrates: 54g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 43g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g