More people are realizing how simple and delicious fondue is, and there are so many different ways to enjoy it. Not only are there many different recipes for the fondue itself, the list of items you can dip into it is endless.
Different Types of Fondue
Probably the most well known types of fondues are those made with chocolate and cheese. A lot of fondue fans also like to place small meat or fish chunks into a simmering broth, and frying in oil is another popular option. Dip style fondues are another alternative such as spinach or bean dip.
Types of Fondue Pots
There are electric fondue pots and those that are heated with Sterno or candles. Personal experience has shown that electric models produce more even and consistent heating. You have much more control over the heat level if you use a unit that has a temperature dial.
Once the fondue is melted and smooth, the heat can easily be turned down to low and kept warm without burning. With Sterno there is first making sure you have a sufficient quantity, there is the associated odor, and you don't have control over the temperature.
Generally when using a Sterno heated pot, you will have to heat the ingredients in a saucepan first on the stove and then transfer to the fondue pot, which sort of defeats the purpose of having a fondue pot in the first place.
You can purchase an electric fondue pot for less than $30, and you won't have to worry with purchasing Sterno or candles for heating. You'll also have a much better fondue experience.
How to Make Chocolate Fondue
1 pound of semi or bittersweet white or dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces (you can also use packaged chips)
1-1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
2 Tablespoons of Grand Marnier or Torani Flavored Syrup of choice
Place chocolate in fondue pot.
Add cream and melt gradually on moderate heat, stirring often.
Don't use high heat as chocolate and cream will burn.
When creamy and smooth, add Grand Marnier or Torani Flavored Syrup.
Turn heat to low.
There are many food items you can enjoy with the fondue you make, including vegetables, fruits, breads, desserts, meats, and seafood.
A few ideas for the chocolate fondue recipe above include fruits such as strawberries, cherries, grapes, bananas, oranges, peaches, blackberries, raspberries, apples, pears, honeydew melon, and pineapple. Graham crackers, pretzels, small chunks of angel food or pound cake, ladyfingers, biscotti, brownies, and doughnut holes are also good dipped in chocolate.