Chocolate fondue is rich, creamy, and utterly decadent. It’s the perfect medium for dipping all of your favorite treats, such as fresh fruit, marshmallows, cookies, graham crackers, and so much more. Making chocolate fondue isn’t complicated, but you have to start with a high quality chocolate or the end result will fall flat. Here’s everything you need to know about choosing chocolate for fondue.
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Best Chocolate for Fondue
Not all chocolate is equal when it comes to making fondue. It’s important to use real, high quality chocolate. It’s a simple fact that the better chocolate you use, the better your fondue will taste. One thing to note is that chocolate chips do not work in fondue. The flavor doesn’t taste quite right and they harden quickly. Plus, they aren’t even made with pure chocolate.
Finding the highest quality chocolate is the most essential part of making a good fondue. We’ve all tasted chocolate that doesn’t quite leave us feeling satisfied. If you use that kind of low-quality chocolate for fondue, your entire batch will come out tasting lackluster. Instead, follow these simple rules to find the best quality chocolate for your fondue:
- Read the ingredient list. The chocolate you choose needs to be pure chocolate in order to make a good fondue. You want to look for a semisweet or bittersweet chocolate with as few ingredients as possible. Cheaper brands often fill their chocolates with unnecessary ingredients to keep costs down, but these types of chocolates don’t work well for making fondue. Instead, look for chocolates with three to five ingredients, no more.
- Check for freshness. Freshness matters when it comes to making fondue. Check the chocolate bars you choose for their best buy date and inspect all packaging to make sure it’s sealed tightly.
- Inspect the candy. Take a look at the chocolate. It should have a good sheen without any white or discolored spots. Contrary to popular belief, these spots don’t indicate that the candy isn’t fresh. Instead, discoloration is due to incorrectly melted chocolate. This can result in minute changes that negatively impact the flavor and texture of the chocolate.
Semisweet or Bittersweet?
Lastly, you’ll need to decide what type of chocolate you prefer. If you are looking for a more intense chocolate flavor, bittersweet chocolate is your best bet. Bittersweet chocolate is made with more than 35 percent pure chocolate with only a small amount of sugar. Specific sweetness can vary by manufacturer’s recipes, so some types of bittersweet chocolate are more “bitter” while others are a bit more “sweet”.
Semisweet chocolate also contains at least 35 percent pure chocolate, but also has cocoa butter and a bit more sugar. It’s a more versatile chocolate, and provides a good deal of sweetness to your fondue recipe. It’s perfect as a fondue base for anyone who prefers their chocolate a little bit sweeter.
If you’re unsure which type of chocolate to go with, a good place to start when making fondue is to mix three parts semisweet chocolate with two parts bittersweet chocolate. In other words, you’ll need six ounces of semisweet chocolate and four ounces of bittersweet chocolate for the recipe below. This combination provides a rich, velvety fondue with a good depth of flavor.
Easy Chocolate Fondue Recipe
Making chocolate fondue really isn’t complicated. Once you’ve picked out a high-quality chocolate, you’ve already won half the battle. Next up, you’ll need to melt the chocolate, mix it with some milk, vanilla extract, and sea salt and you’re good to go. Here’s a simple chocolate fondue recipe to follow:
- 10 ounces high-quality chocolate
- ½ cup whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
Combine the chocolate and milk or cream in a small bowl. Microwave at 50 percent power for about 2 minutes or until melted. Stir until completely smooth. Add in the vanilla and salt. Serve in a fondue pot or chocolate fountain immediately. Serve with your favorite dipping items, such as apples, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, Oreos, graham crackers, marshmallows, and so much more.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of this recipe, feel free to experiment a little. Add some special flavors in, such as peppermint, peanut butter, or coffee. Or, try different chocolate flavors, such as milk chocolate or white chocolate.
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