What Kind of Chocolate Should You Use for Fondue?
Fondue is one of the finer luxuries in life, and a chocolate fondue dessert can be a beautiful end to any meal. With fondue, you take small pieces of food and dip them into some sort of sauce, oil, or broth, cooking them right before your eyes and enjoying the many different flavors.
Fondue can be made with cheese and meats, broth and vegetables, or a variety of other combinations, but we are focusing on the delectable chocolate fondue that so many people know and love. In general, you combine chocolate fondue with a variety of pastries, fruits, and other sweet treats.
If you are considering making your own fondue fountain for entertaining purposes, you may want to know what sort of chocolate you should be using. Fortunately, you have many options when it comes to chocolate fondue, so you should be able to find a combination that suits you.
You can use semi-sweet baking chocolate in a fondue fountain, as it will provide a nice compliment to the sugary pastries and fruits that you will be dipping into it. If you don’t want to go overboard with sweetness, semi-sweet is the way to go, and will still have enough flavor that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Milk chocolate is a little sweeter than semi-sweet chocolate, so if you prefer to forego the bitterness, you can opt for it instead. Sometimes milk chocolate melts a bit more easily, so this may be convenient for you if you don’t have all of the necessary apparatus for a proper fondue. If, however, you don’t like things to be too sweet, you might not want to use milk chocolate.
If you are a sucker for white chocolate, that is also an option for fondue. This will have a sweeter, more sugared flavor than the other kinds, so it is perfect for the person who really likes their sweets. It might not be suitable for someone without as sweet of a palate, however.
A mix of chocolates
Many people prefer to mix all three kinds of chocolates, as it provides a balanced flavor and allows them to try different combinations. You don’t have to mix all of them at once, you can try just mixing sweet and semi-sweet chocolate or going for combo of baking chocolate and white chocolate. Part of the fun of fondue is experimenting with different flavors, so feel free to try different chocolates until you find the perfect match!
No matter what type of chocolate you are using, you will want to be sure to cut it up into small morsels so that it melts easily and evenly. If you simply throw a big hunk of chocolate into your fondue fountain, it will not turn out well. You might also mix your chocolate with milk, oil, or cream to help thin it out and better prepare it for the melting process.
Chocolate Fondue Recipe
To make chocolate fondue:
12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped or buds
⅓ cup milk
⅓ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon flavor extract (Vanilla, Mint, Orange etc.) optional
In a saucepan, combine the chocolate, milk, and cream.
Heat on low until the chocolate is melted and blended evenly with the milk and cream. Make sure the mixture does not boil.
Move the chocolate fondue to a fondue pot or slow cooker to keep it warm and ready for use.
Start dipping your favorite things in chocolate fondue, and enjoy a fun food experience with your family and friends.
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