How to have a fun fondue night at home

Mary Cornforth Cawood

This article, entitled "Fondue night" comes from Mary Cornforth Cawood.

There’s nothing quite like dipping your food into hot, melted, gooey goodness, especially when it is chocolate!

A three-course fondue meal generally includes a cheese-based fondue, followed by a broth-based fondue, ending with a sweet fondue.

With a little prep work, you can create your own fondue night for a fraction of the cost of a restaurant bill! Kids (as well as the grown-up ones) love to dip, so fondue nights make for fun family dinners.

  • Cheese-Based Fondue: This is the first part of your three-course meal. Use the cheese dip for bread or vegetables.

  • Broth-Based Fondue: Dip meat or seafood into your broth for your main course. For a more laid-back approach, your main course "fondue" dip can be as simple as ketchup, barbecue sauce or ranch dressing.

  • Sweet Fondue: Your family will love to dip bananas, strawberries, marshmallows, pretzels and anything else they can think of in a pot of melted chocolate.

No fondue pot? No worries! Melt your fondue in a saucepan on the stove, pour into individual bowls and dip with bamboo skewers.

Here are a couple of my favorite dessert fondue recipes (both are gluten free), and yes, I even am including one for you non-chocolate lovers!

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fondue
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  • 2/3 cup whipping cream

  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 bag (12 oz.) semi or bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks

In fondue pot or 2-quart saucepan, mix whipping cream, raspberry preserves and honey. Heat over warm/simmer setting or medium-low heat, stirring occasionally; just until bubbles rise to surface (do not boil). Add chocolate, stir with wire whisk until melted. Keep over warm/simmer setting. If using saucepan, pour into individual serving bowls.

Peanut Butter Fondue
(adapted from

  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup whipping cream or half-and-half

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Heat brown sugar, cream and honey to boiling in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in peanut butter until smooth. Pour into fondue pot or individual serving bowls.

Mary Cornforth Cawood is a Fruita mom who is married with two daughters.

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