Chocolate Fondue: Using Your Imagination

You might associate chocolate fondue with the seventies, but it's come a long way since then

We've always had a soft place in our hearts for chocolate fondue. After all, who can resist the idea of warm, creamy chocolate just waiting for you to dip your favorite treats? And of course, there's something cozy and friendly about sitting around a table and sharing a communal pot with your closest friends.

These days, chocolate fondue pots are inexpensive, readily available, and come with a wide variety of pre-made sauces. But what if you're not a pre-made kind of person? Fortunately, there are many ways to get creative with a chocolate fondue.

Get Dippin'

The first thing you can do is vary what you're dipping in your chocolate fondue. Fresh fruit is always a popular option, but you don't have to stop at strawberries and bananas. Why not try more exotic fruits, like papaya, mango, or passion fruit? Dried fruits work well, too: cranberries, strawberries, raisins, blueberries -- use your imagination.

But you're not limited to fresh fruit. Why not try mini marshmallows, nuts, good quality French bread, chunks of angel food cake, or just about anything else you can think of? Let's face it: you're dipping it in chocolate; it's bound to taste good.

What's In There?

First of all, make sure you use the best quality chocolate in your fondue. That's a hard and fast rule. Sure, those chocolate wafers in the bulk food aisle are cheap, but trust me, they'll taste cheap too. It's worth spending the extra money to create a truly delicious chocolate fondue.

You can also add other flavors into your chocolate fondue. Don't underestimate the effect of a little bit of vanilla, almond, or mint flavoring. And you can get far more interesting than that.

For example, if you're into s'mores, why not mix mini marshmallows with your chocolate blend? Dip graham crackers and you'll have an instant s'more. Other great ideas? Try blending your chocolate with peanut butter, butterscotch chips, toffee pieces, or anything else that strikes your fancy. Whatever you come up with is probably just brilliant.

Everyone loves a good chocolate fondue, and you can make yours an event to remember.