“Necessity is the mother of invention.” This saying holds true in the case of fondue, as well. Fondue - inspired by the French word for ‘melt’ - ‘fondre’ - originated as a warm cheese dish in the Canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Winters in Switzerland isolated its villages and towns from the rest of the world. There was little chance for these villagers to enjoy fresh food in such times, which is when they relied more heavily on bread and cheese, the staple food of the Swiss. They found that the cheese they made in summer became stale, hard and unpleasant in taste during winter. In an attempt to get rid of the staleness, they heated this cheese over a fire only to discover that it made the cheese taste just fine and the hardest of breads dipped in it soften. They tried different variations by adding wine and other seasonings and transformed the otherwise plain looking bread and cheese into an amazingly delectable meal. Thus began the journey of fondue. Since fondue was the food of the poor, and the villagers couldn’t afford many utensils, they made it in a common earthen pot called ‘caquelon’ by mixing melted cheese and other seasonings, including wine. Fondue also became a popular communal meal when large groups of people started eating together from the same pot by dipping their long forks of bread chunks right in. It became especially famous for the ingredients it used because they were available in the poorest of homes. If you want to try some easy fondue recipes, this is where you can learn them.
Easy Chocolate Fondue Recipes
With the minimum of ingredients that it uses, fondue is a huge hit in many countries as well. America is famous for its fondue parties. With the type of different seasonings used today, there are fondues made out of beef, prawns, scallions and even chicken. But chocolate fondue is the most famous by far. Given here is a list of easy recipes of chocolate fondue.
American Chocolate Fondue
- 3 oz Bars of Dark Chocolate
- 1/2 cup Light or Heavy Cream (heavy works better)
- 2 tablespoons Kirsch, Brandy or Cointreau
- In a bowl, break the chocolate bars into smaller pieces.
- Place the bowl in a double boiler.
- Pour the cream and brandy into the mixture.
- Warm the mixture, stirring it constantly.
- Your fondue is ready!
Extraordinary Chocolate Fondue Recipe
- 16 oz Dark Chocolate
- 1 ½ cups Cream
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Make small pieces of chocolate bars and put into the fondue pot.
- Heat on a low flame.
- Add cream and stir gently but constantly until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Add vanilla extract and stir it in.
- Serve it hot!
Easy Chocolate Fondue
- 24 oz Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- 1¼ cup Milk
- ¼ Sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tbsp Fruit Flavored Liqueur
- Put all the ingredients in a pot.
- Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes.
- Stir well.
- Cook for 1 more hour on low flame.
- Fondue is ready to be served!