I’m not much of a sweet tooth, but when the kids ask for dessert, I want to make sure it’s a healthy version. Dark chocolate fondue is easy to make and fun to dip fresh fruit and even homemade marshmallows into. Since it’s quick to assemble, we can enjoy a delicious treat in about 10 minutes!
What is fondue?
Fondue comes from the French word fondre, which means to melt. It is traditionally made with various melted cheeses to make a cheese fondue. More recently, the recipe has been adapted to use melted chocolate for a delicious dessert. It’s often made with milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate chips, or even white chocolate and thinned with heavy cream.
This version has less sugar and optional dairy because it uses dark chocolate and coconut oil. And you can add a little peanut butter or peppermint extract instead of vanilla if you prefer.
How to make chocolate fondue
First, you want to start with quality chocolate to make your chocolate fondue. High quality chocolate bars taste much better than the cheap stuff and are often healthier. The best chocolate will be something that is at least 72% cocoa and organic. If you can’t find dark chocolate, you can mix some dark chocolate with a sweeter one.
It is also important to heat the chocolate slowly or it will start to set and burn. If you have an electric fondue pot, that works great, but it can be hard to find a non-toxic one. Some of them are stainless steel, but still have a non-stick coating on the inside.
I transferred the hot chocolate fondue to my small saucepan and kept it warm for dipping. You can also use a serving bowl and reheat if needed.
Chocolate Fondue Dippers
My favorite chocolate fondue dipping options are fresh fruit, dried fruit, and homemade marshmallows. You’ll usually see people also like to dip things like graham crackers, pretzels, rice krispie treats, oreos, pound cake, and even potato chips! Our family doesn’t really eat these things, but there are still very tasty and healthy fondue cups.
You can even drizzle some of the chocolate fondue on cheesecake, ice cream, angel food cake, cookies, and pastries (all the healthier versions, of course!).
Chocolate fondue is great for New Year’s Eve (even if you’re staying for movie night!). Also makes a decadent treat for Valentine’s Day or a house date night. It’s very easy to make and the kids especially love dipping things in it!
Dark chocolate fondue recipe
This rich and creamy fondue recipe uses dark chocolate for a low-sugar treat! Great for dipping fresh fruit and even homemade marshmallows.
Dark chocolate fondue recipe
Amount per serving (1 serving)
Calories from fat 225
% daily value*
Thick 25 gr38%
Saturated fat 16g100%
Trans fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated fat 1g
Monounsaturated fat 6g
Cholesterol 1 mg0%
Sodium 9 mg0%
potassium 326 mg9%
Vitamin A 18IU0%
calcium 33 mg3%
Iron 5 mg28%
* Percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Enjoy a dip with strawberries, raspberries, diced pineapple, banana spears, pitted dates, fresh coconut or homemade marshmallows.
What’s your favorite thing to dip in chocolate? Anything you would add to the list? Leave a comment and let us know!