Looking for a fun dessert for either a holiday party or just a quiet night with the family? This Easy Chocolate Fondue is always a hit!
This Easy Chocolate Fondue recipe has its roots in Nashville, Tennessee. Rewinding back about 10…err, maybe 15…years (where does the time go!?), I was living down in south Louisiana and my younger sister was finishing up college in Nashville. She had a semi-formal event coming up, and she asked me if I’d come up and take one of her friends to the semi-formal. Sure! Why not? It was a chance to visit my sister and explore Nashville a bit more. (My sister and I used to fight like cats and dogs…but now we’re best friends!)
So off I went to Nashville to go to the semi-formal. And that’s where I discovered this Easy Chocolate Fondue. The caterers had set up a chocolate fountain for dessert, and they had a plate of sliced fruit and other dippers that must have been 4-feet tall. But one of the things that impressed me the most was the pineapple Christmas tree.
Sliced pineapple is a great option for dipping into an easy chocolate fondue, but the caterers had found a way to use the tops of the pineapples as decoration. Now I’m normally not a fan of using food as decoration, but this one is just too cool! You basically cut the top off of the pineapple, flip it over, stick a cherry on top and sprinkle shredded coconut all over so that it looks like snow.
Yes, my sister and I totally snuck over to the dessert table at the end of the semi-formal and took apart one of the pineapple trees to see how it was made. We’re weird people like that.
Now my version doesn’t do justice to this cool idea, but hopefully you get the point. Don’t toss out the top of the pineapple. Use it as the centerpiece of a plate loaded with fruit and other dippers for your easy chocolate fondue!
What are some dippers for Easy Chocolate Fondue?
Pretty much anything you can think of! If it goes well with chocolate, then it will probably be a good dipper. My favorites are fruit (pineapple, apple, bananas, strawberries, oranges, etc.), marshmallows, pretzel sticks, pound cake bites, brownie bites and even small cookies. Just keep in mind that the dippers should be fairly solid. You don’t want to end up with cake crumbles floating around in your fondue! (That’s why pound cake bites are a better choice than yellow cake bites.)
Can you add liquor to Easy Chocolate Fondue?
Absolutely! I find that a splash of liquor can really bump the flavor of the fondue up another level. Of course, keep in mind that the alcohol does not burn off, so omit the liquor if you’re serving this Easy Chocolate Fondue to kids. Some liquor options here are Frangelico (hazelnut), amaretto (cherry) or Irish cream. I used a bit of Frangelico in this batch as I love the combination of chocolate and hazelnut.
If you’re looking for a fun dessert for holiday parties, then keep this Easy Chocolate Fondue in mind! It’s great for cocktail parties where guests serve themselves. It’s also great just for families if you want a fun after-dinner dessert. I mean it’s the holidays. Eat some chocolate! And if you have kids (or grandkids) around, I promise they’ll enjoy dipping all sorts of things in the chocolate…even things that weren’t meant to be dipped in chocolate. Haha!
Enjoy, my friends, and happy holidays!
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