How to Make Chocolate Fondue in a Fondue Pot
Fondue is fun! It is easy to be creative with such a versatile way to enjoy a wide variety of foods; your single-pot culinary creation can consist of sweets, meats, cheese, fruit, nuts, crackers, cake, brownies, pretzels, croutons, bread, cereal, cookies, seafood, or a combination of any of these, including chocolate and/or caramel; and hey, veggies too!
Chocolate fondue in a fondue pot is a favorite with many folks and included here you’ll find useful info about fondue pot choices and making the decision on which one is right for you.
A night out at a fancy fondue restaurant can easily set you back $75-$100 or more, yet you can buy a fondue pot to enjoy at home along with some impressive groceries to go along with it for less than the cost of one single night dining out.
Having a fondue pot is not only fun, it makes sense economically!
Read on for some fondue recipes, how to information, and more so you can enjoy delicious fondue foods, too!
I’m already hungry! Let’s get started learning how to make chocolate fondue.
Don’t have a fondue pot? You don’t know what you’re missing!
It’s especially fun to bring out the fondue when you have guests over. Also, many a romantic dinner has involved a fondue pot and a nice chilled bottle of wine.
Much of the food preparation can be done ahead of time, allowing the host/hostess more time to spend with their guest(s).
Hey Kids Can Fondue Too!
The fondue pot is a great way to get kids interested in cooking. Not only do they enjoy the various foods to eat, but they have a great time learning something constructive. Just be sure to provide supervision for little ones and be available for assistance when needed.
When my kids have spend the night company or slumber parties, the first thing they mention is bringing out the fondue pot so they can enjoy fondue and a movie.
Pots to Fondue In
As with any kitchen appliance, you will find fondue pots in a wide variety of price ranges. There are some incredibly cheap fondue pots that may not last through one or two uses. There are features that add to the price and some are well worth having.
There are also different heating mechanisms for fondue pots and that should be considered as well. Some are heated with electricity and others with canned Sterno heat.
Which is better; Sterno heated or electric? Read on for more info.
Where to Buy Your Fondue Pot
I buy many of my kitchen appliances on Amazon. There are several reasons for this. First, it is their commitment to customer service. Even if your order is fulfilled by an Amazon merchant, Amazon holds their 3rd party vendors to the same customer service standards.
I love the idea of shopping online and many items at Amazon offer “free shipping.” Their A-Z shopping guarantee is another great bonus, and I have never had a problem with a return. Only once in the many years I’ve shopped on Amazon was I shipped the wrong item, and it was handled very promptly by the vendor at no cost to me.
Fondue Pot Reviews
As mentioned above, fondue pots are heated in different ways. I cover that in more detail in this post, “Electric Fondue Pots versus Sterno Heated Fondue Pots.”
In this review, I will cover electric models.
Features of the Cuisinart 3SS Electric Fondue Maker
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- Brushed stainless steel 3-quart bowl with interior non-stick finish
- Easy cleanup; unit is immersible in water and dishwasher safe
- Use for chocolate, cheese, broth, or oil recipes
- Easy dial temperature adjustment adjusts to a wide range of heat settings
- Includes color coded fondue fork set (8 forks) and fork rack
- 1000 watts of power
- Limited 3-Year Warranty
- Includes instruction/recipe book
- Stainless steel fork ring holder
- Includes magnetic breakaway safety feature
My personal scoop on the Cuisinart CFO-3SS – First, it is powered by electricity. There are some good arguments for both electric powered and Sterno heated fondue pots, and those are covered in detail in the post, “Electric Fondue Pots versus Sterno Heated Fondue Pots.”
I happen to own both model types, and I have my reasons. We enjoy camping, and many campsites do not have electricity, so Sterno allows us to make fondue anyway. I use the electric model when at home, though, and anywhere else I happen to be that has power.
Pros – Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker
The pot is large with its 3-quart capacity. This comes in really handy when you have guests so you don’t have to worry about running out of fondue and having to remix and reheat.
The non-stick interior is a favorable feature for many, and the CFO-3SS offers easy clean up because it is immersible in water and dishwasher safe. Some people prefer a non-coated finish as you’ll discover with the Rival model review that follows.
Most all users like the sleek and pretty design of the Cuisinart CFO-3SS.
Some users compared Rival with Cuisinart, and said the Cuisinart was definitely superior, especially regarding food sticking.
Heats quickly and the convenient ability to dial in the desired temperature in the range of 1 to 10 is great. You get much more temperature control this way.
If you are serving multiple courses and only have the one pot, the Cuisinart cools down quickly, too. This allows you to turn the unit off, remove the contents, cool down, wash quickly, and start the next course.
The CFO-3SS is constructed of all stainless steel, including the fork resting ring, handles, feet, etc., so it is durable when compared to some other flimsier pots.
A few users complain about the safety feature, but if you ever need it, you’ll appreciate it being there. The unit has a breakaway magnetic power plug. If someone trips over the cord, it breaks away from the unit so it does not end up jerked onto the floor (or worse pulled on top of someone)!
Cons – Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker
The pot does not detach from the stand and some complain that causes a storage problem; I store my unit in the box so that is not a problem specifically to me.
One complaint about the Cuisinart CFO-3SS is that the electrical cord is too short. Some users wanted to have a longer cord so they could place the unit on the dining room table while unit was plugged into the wall, but that does create a tripping hazard, even though the cord is safety designed to detach easily if this does occur. Several users said they simply used an extension cord, even though the instructions say not to and no problems were reported as a result in the reviews I researched.
Another complaint was this Cuisinart does not come with a lid. I do not store fondue in the pot anyway, so I just don’t see that as being a major issue. As a matter of fact, I don’t think many fondue pots do come with a lid.
Features of the Rival FD350S Stainless Steel Electric Fondue Pot
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- Completely immersible with cord and control removed from unit
- Stainless steel 3-quart capacity
- Easy adjust temperature control from warm up to 400 degrees F
- Eight (8) color coded fondue forks included with fork resting notches included on pot
- Attractive and durable with mirror finish
- Includes magnetic safety breakaway safety feature
- Includes recipe booklet
- Has cool touch handles
My personal scoop on the Rival FD350S – This model is also powered by electricity, as are all the fondue makers in this article. I like the cool touch handles this model has.
Pros – Rival FD350S Stainless Electric Fondue Maker
As with the Cuisinart 3SS, a small number of users complain about the cord breakaway safety feature, but some consider this a pro and not a con. The breakaway magnetic power plug is designed to prevent the unit from being pulled off the table or counter by someone tripping or snagging the cord. This prevents spillage and possibly even burning someone. It is referred to by some as a “necessary nuisance.”
Users love the thermostat control, which allows the unit to be heated sufficiently to keep oil hot enough for frying, but able to adjust lower to avoid burning chocolate or cheese. Some also commented on the fast melting capability.
Cleanup is a snap due to the unit being immersible.
One user remarked the Rival has sturdy legs and is durable overall, including the forks.
The Rival manages to continue to heat evenly even when the fondue starts to run low.
While a couple of people mentioned cheese sticking to the pot, many others mentioned no problem with this or with uneven hot spots. Cheese melted evenly and remained warm throughout the party on the right temp setting. It could be those with a sticking problem are heating at too high a temperature or keeping pot too warm when cheese is nearly gone. Once cheese or chocolate is melted, heat should be reduced to keep it warm rather than continuing to cook it.
This unit is not Teflon, and many users appreciate the fact it will not flake or chip off. Even without Teflon, unit is still easy to clean as long as you let it cool. There are no worries of scratching the Rival’s stainless steel bowl with forked prongs like there is with a non-stick coated surface. This is a major difference between the Cuisinart CFO-3SS and the Rival FD350S.
Users comment that the Rival just can’t be beat for the money. Some pots require cooking on the stove and then transferring to the fondue pot, but this unit’s temperature abilities alleviate that extra step.
Cons – Rival FD350S Stainless Electric Fondue Maker
Out of 90 reviews, 2 people complained they received the wrong power cord, which although disappointing is easily fixable. This sounds like a quality control issue that apparently was remedied as there are no other complaints I could find.
Another user mentioned the unit goes into warm mode after some time, but this is to prevent contents from burning. If fondue is to be left in pot for extended time, depending on ingredients and quantity, the temp control may need to be adjusted periodically.
One complaint was the cord was too short on the Rival FD350S, but easily remedied with an extension cord.
Comparison of the Rival FD350S and the Cuisinart CFO-3SS
Cost: Both models are affordable, ranging in price from around $30 to $50 and that can be with or without free shipping depending on which Amazon merchant you purchase from and which one has stock available.
Interior Finish: Cuisinart is Teflon coated, Rival is stainless steel. Some enjoy the non-stick coating; others think it is unhealthy. Some fondue pot owners also noticed the steel pronged forks chipping away at the Teflon finish over time, causing the finish to scratch and flake off from the unit. If you are dead set on non-stick, maybe just use bamboo skewers instead of the steel forks that come with the Cuisinart.
Cleanup: Some of the owners of both units complained about cleanup, then there were others who said both the Rival and the Cuisinart were very easy cleanup. Both are immersible for cleaning. Cleanup issues could have been due to fondue being left in the pot with the unit turned on or failure to cool and soak the unit after use.
Cool Touch Handles: The Rival has cool touch handles; the Cuisinart does not.
Base Removal: Some buyers were disappointed to find out the Cuisinart does not break away from its frame stand requiring more storage room. If you store the unit in its box, this is not a major issue in my opinion.
Amazon Rating: Both units are rated highly on Amazon, each currently above 4 stars overall and that is with a sufficient number of reviews (90 or above).
Gift Giving: Both units are mentioned as making great gifts, and with either unit being so affordable, many use it as an opportunity to pick one up for themselves, too.
Rival or Cuisinart?
Both models seem to have the features needed in an electric fondue pot in this price range. I think it comes down to the type of interior coating you prefer, and you might find the Rival for a little cheaper than the Cuisinart. There is also the matter of the cool touch handles, but this too is just a matter of preference. Some buyers did not like it that the Cuisinart is attached to the base frame; you cannot remove the pot from the stand.
And now (drum roll please), your Cuisinart or Rival electric fondue pot is on its way to you and you can start thinking about some of the foods you want to try first. Fondue is so versatile, can involve multiple courses, and it is so much fun. It is great for family, friends, romantic candlelit dates, and fun with the kids.
Other Fondue Dipping Ideas
Fruits: strawberries, sliced kiwis, cherries, bananas, apple chunks, seedless grapes, pineapple chunks, pears, peaches, dried fruit, tangerine or orange sections, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, honeydew melon.
Veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sliced peppers, mushroom buttons, fresh asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, pearl onions, red potato chunks, olives, baby corn, Brussels sprouts, sliced Texas Sweet or Vidalia onions, water chestnuts (yes, the Chinese water chestnut is an aquatic vegetable rather than a nut).
Meat and Seafood: shrimp, scallops, ham, salami, turkey, chicken, steak, mini meatballs, lobster chunks, surimi, crab meat, keilbasa slices, Hillshire Farms Lit’l Smokies® Cocktail Links, Aidells® Smoked Chicken Sausages (pineapple and bacon flavor, artichoke and garlic flavor, roasted garlic and Gruyere cheese flavor, chicken and apple flavor, spicy mango and jalapeno flavor), Aidells® Cajun Style Andouille Mini chicken and turkey smoked sausages, mini skewered salami cheese roll ups.
Breads and Sweets: graham crackers, croutons, Rice Krispies® treat chunks, marshmallows, breadsticks, biscotti, brownie sections, lady fingers, short breads, pumpernickel and French bread chunks, peanut butter candy balls, croissants, fresh tortillas, tortilla chips, pita wedges, focaccia, bagel crisps, pita chips, gourmet flavored crackers, pretzels, angel food cake squares, pound cake sections, amaretti, doughnut holes.
Other Stuff: mini pizza rolls, mini egg rolls.
We’ll continue to add more fondue recipes to the content section you can try with your new fondue pot.
In addition to chocolate and cheese, the fondue pot is used to fry in oil, simmer in broth, make bean fondues, and more.
Watch for the following recipes:
- Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue
- Spicy Bean Dip for Tortillas, Chips, and Peppers
- Dipping Sauces for Seafood, Chicken, and Steak
- Oil and Broth Fondue Recipes
- Chocolate Hazelnut Fondue
- Truffles and Hershey’s® Chocolate Kisses Meltdown
- Creamy Chocolate Fondue
Fondue Pot Tips and Tricks
* Roast or grill the vegetables prior to dipping.
* Remember that foods cut into smaller bite sized portions work best in a fondue pot.
* Take a peeled raw garlic clove, slice in half lengthwise, and rub the oil into the fondue pot before adding ingredients.
* Instead of a raw garlic clove, roast the garlic clove in the oven prior to rubbing the fondue pot with it. Then finely chop the roasted clove and add to the fondue mixture.
* You might try a white and dark chocolate swirled fondue blend similar to the Yin & Yang swirled fondue served at the Melting Pot® restaurant.
Well, happy fondue to you, and thanks for visiting!
Mary Jo – Health Home Hearth
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