Chocolate fondue with fruits and pretzels, marshmallows.
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Chocolate Fondue Recipe

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Chocolate fondue recipe with ideas for dippers including marshmallows, pretzels, strawberries and other fresh fruits. Easy to make homemade chocolate sauce. Great for entertaining!

Homemade sauce with fruits and marshmallows.

Chocolate fondue is perfect for any party or seasonal occasions like Valentine’s Day. It is very easy to prepare and there are lots of ideas for dippers. For instance, fresh fruits, pretzels, cakes or even cookies. Almost everything dipped in chocolate seems to be more delicious. The best part about this fondue party is that you don’t need any fancy equipment to do the sauce. Therefore, you can only use a pot plus chocolate and dippers.

Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Texture: saucy, light.
Taste: chocolaty, sweet.
Simplicity: easy to make.
Meal Type: party food sweets, and dessert.

Fondue with banana, strawberries, lady fingers on a wood board.

How to make Chocolate Fondue

Choose the best chocolate to make the fondue. In my opinion, the combination of semi-sweet and dark chocolate taste the best. Add a little cinnamon to add extra flavor to the chocolate sauce. Also, pick the fruits carefully. Certainly, you would like them to stick well to the fork while dipping in the chocolate sauce. Moreover, before the party plan ahead what dippers you will choose. Below you will find some ideas for chocolate dippers.

Chocolate fondue with marshmallows, strawberries, pineapple, pretzels.

Chocolate Fondue Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter – the best is to use not salty butter.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – good quality of chocolate.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips – combination of dark and semi-sweet chocolate will produce good sauce.
  • Half & Half Cream – to add richness to the fondue.
  • Milk – to make it creamy. Substitute for plant based milk if you would like.
  • Vanilla extract – for extra flavor.
  • Cinnamon – to enhance the flavor. Regular ground cinnamon should be used.

How to make Chocolate Sauce

  1. Melt butter on the stove in the saucepan.
  2. Next, add the rest of ingredients. Cook on low heat for about 5 – 10 minutes until chocolate will melt.
  3. Finally dip in chocolate your favorite fruits and other dippers.
Step by step on how to make chocolate fondue with cream and milk.

What to dip in Chocolate Fondue

There are many different fondue dippers that you can use for dipping in the chocolate. Therefore, below there are some examples.

  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Banana
  • Orange Slices
  • Apple Slices
  • Grapes
  • Marshmallows
  • Cubed Angel Cake or other cake
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Lady Fingers
  • Pretzels
What to dip in Chocolate Fondue:  pretzels, strawberries and cookie waffles.

Homemade Chocolate Sauce Tips

  • Cook homemade chocolate sauce on low heat, mix it often.
  • Warm up before serving.
  • If the sauce is too thick for your liking, add few tablespoons of milk.

Chocolate Sauce Faq’s

What temperature should chocolate fondue be?

It should be served warm, but not very hot.

How do you know when fondue is done?

Once chocolate is melted and combined well with ingredients it is ready to be served.

Does chocolate sauce need to be refrigerated?

Yes, since it is made with cream and milk, it needs to be refrigerated. Just warm up before serving.

Homemade chocolate sauce with fresh fruits and pretzels.

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Marshmallows, pineapple, lady fingers and oranges.

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Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Chocolate fondue sauce recipe with dippers like fresh fruits, pretzels and marshmallows. 
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Ilona


  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup half & half cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


Chocolate Sauce

  • Melt butter in saucepan. Add semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, cream, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon. 
    1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/2 cup half & half cream, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Cook all ingredients on a low heat mixing often until all chocolate will melt. About 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with dippers.

Fondue Dippers

  • Strawberries, pineapple, banana, orange, pretzels, ladyfingers, marshmallows, little waffle cookies, angel food cake etc.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American


Note: Nutrition is calculated for the chocolate sauce only.
  • Unsalted Butter – the best is to use not salty butter.
  • Milk – to make it creamy. Plant based milk can be substituted.
  • The combination of semi-sweet and dark chocolate taste the best.
  • Cook homemade chocolate sauce on low heat, mix it often.
  • Warm up before serving.
  • If the sauce is too thick for your liking, add few tablespoons of milk.


Calories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 40mgPotassium: 373mgFiber: 3gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 140IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 2.4mg
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Update Notes: The recipe was originally posted in January 2019, it was updated with new tips in January, 2023.

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