25 Vintage-Worthy Fondue Recipes
Fondue became a popular dish in Switzerland during the 18th century as a way for families to stretch food resources during the winter months. It made its American debut at the 1964 New York World's Fair, and became a popular party favorite during the late 1960s and through the 1970s. As the threat from the coronavirus pandemic continues to recede, fondue is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, making it a simple way to ease back into entertaining small groups of family and friends. We've highlighted our favorite fondue recipes, from savory picks like Two-Cheese-and-Honey Fondue and Goat Cheese Fondue, to sweet desserts like White Chocolate Fondue and Dulce de Leche Fondue. Choose a few to try and invite your besties over for the ultimate in easy indulgence.
Pair creamy Jarslberg and Swiss cheeses together with a hint of sweet honey for an indulgent fondue with a rich flavor profile. Serve with cubed ciabatta bread, sliced pears, and sliced apples.
Stir in additional heated whipping cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, if you want a thinner fondue. A fondue pot for chocolate is heated by a tea light or votive candle.
Classic Cheese Fondue
Shredded Swiss and gruyère cheeses are traditional choices for cheese fondue, as is the addition of dry white wine, such as Grüner Veltliner. Freshly grated nutmeg adds just a hint of spice. Serve with Asian pear wedges and your choice of mild German sausages.
White Chocolate Fondue
Cheese Fondue with Apples
We recommend Pink Lady apples, which don't discolor as quickly as other apples, for this fondue. Use your favorite apple, or a combination of a few varieties; just toss the apple wedges with 2 teaspoons lemon juice to prevent browning. Kirsch, a type of cherry brandy, traditionally finishes cheese fondues, but you can substitute white wine.
Decadent Chocolate-Almond Fondue can be whipped up in one pot. Once ready, dunk your favorite chocolate vehicles, from pound cake to marshmallows and more, into the almond liqueur-laced fondue.
Mississippi Mud Fondue
This 4-ingredient fondue is guaranteed to give you all the Mississippi Mud vibes. Simply melt together dark chocolate morsels, a jar of marshmallow crème, heavy cream, and vanilla extract for a creamy-ooey-gooey fondue. Serve with brownies, biscotti, graham crackers, marshmallows, chopped toasted pecans, and chopped candied ginger.
Foolproof Cheese Fondue
Any gruyère works wonderfully here, but the aged kind has a bigger, nuttier flavor. While a double boiler is used in many recipes, you'll need a heavy saucepan and direct heat here to activate the cornstarch and thicken the fondue. Serve with tart, crisp apples and crusty whole-grain bread.
Popular in the 1960s, fondue keeps coming back. Try this updated version with a kick from spicy chipotle pepper. Enjoy leftovers over ice cream.
Swiss Cheese Fondue
Cheese fondue is a fun and unique appetizer that's perfect for bringing friends together. This fondue recipe features Swiss and gruyère cheeses and is served with baguette cubes. For more cheese dishes, see our complete collection of cheese recipes.
Use a cooking pan, metal chafing dish without the water bath jacket, a metal fondue pan, or an electric fondue pan with heat turned to high. This fondue takes about 30 minutes to prepare start to finish.
For a super simple caramel fondue, melt unwrapped caramels with canned sweetened condensed milk. Apple slices and pound cake squares make the perfect dipping partner.
It's easy, it's cheesy, and it requires no special equipment—what's not to love? This slow cooker take on cheese fondue offers all of the nuanced flavor of traditional fondue along with all of the convenience of the crockpot; basically, it's perfect for entertaining. Tossing the cornstarch with your grated cheese helps the cheese incorporate evenly into the liquid when melting and prevents clumping. Serve with a platter of your favorite roasted veggies, sausages, and bread cubes, using long skewers for dipping.
Dulce de Leche Fondue
Choose 2 to 4 kinds of fruit--apples, bananas, dried apricots, firm-ripe pears, grapes, pineapples, strawberries. Cut fruits that discolor readily just before serving, such as apples, bananas, and pears, and brush pieces with lemon juice.
Goat Cheese Fondue
Love fondue, but not fond of the high fat and calories that come with all that cheese and cream? Try this goat cheese version for a healthier twist on traditional fondue. To up your healthy ante, serve with mixed raw vegetables, such as baby carrots, radishes, and zucchini.
This creamy chocolate fondue will coat best if the banana and strawberries are briefly chilled before serving. You can substitute your favorite liqueur for the Frangelico.
This Italian-inspired fondue is the perfect alternative to your usual spaghetti night. The fondue features the usual spaghetti suspects, such as onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and basil. It pairs well with a wide range of dip-worthy foods, such as toasted French bread, cubed cheese bread, cooked chicken tenders, meatballs, and tortellini.
Dark Soul Fondue
Serve this chocolatey fondue for your next movie-watching party. Cut the pound cake into fun shapes to fit the movie party theme. For example, the bone shapes featured here would be perfect for a Halloween-themed horror movie marathon.
Gouda, Pancetta and Onion Fondue with Pretzels
Leyden, a Dutch cheese flecked with cumin seeds, inspired Laura Werlin to create this cumin-spiced Gouda fondue. Serve it with soft, warm pretzels or pickled vegetables for dipping.
Chocolate Coconut-Cream Fondue
For tropical flair, serve with bowls of toasted coconut and toasted sliced almonds.
Quick Cheese Fondue
Fondue in 10 minutes—it's like a miracle. Keep this recipe in your back pocket for all of your last-minute parties.
Microwave Chocolate Fondue
Similar to our Quick Cheese Fondue, this easy dessert fondue is a snap to whip up for impromptu party guests. Simply melt chocolate and cream together in the microwave at 30-second intervals. Serve with cut strawberries, miniature pretzels, and marshmallows.
Easy Chocolate-Bourbon Fondue
Make this a kid-friendly dessert by omitting the bourbon and increasing the vanilla to 1 1/2 teaspoons. You can also serve 10 thin pretzel sticks for dipping, but note that this will add about 21 calories and 96mg sodium.
Chocolate Bar Fondue
Fondue is a super easy (and fun!) time-saver–simply melt chocolate with heavy cream and then let guests dive into this do-it-yourself dessert.