Chocolate Fondue

This Chocolate Fondue is rich, creamy and decadently delicious and 100% fool proof made in the crockpot!

Chocolate Fondue is one of the easiest desserts you will ever make!  It makes the perfect make ahead party or special occasion appetizer or dessert for Valentine’s Day, baby/bridal showers, movie night or just because!  I’ve included TONS of dipper ideas, how to customize your Chocolate Fondue, how to reheat, freeze and what to do with leftovers!

up close of dipping a strawberry into easy Chocolate Fondue

crockpot chocolate fondue

To celebrate an incredible two years of blogging and to THANK YOU, I bring you easy, decadent, delicious, velvety CHOCOLATE FONDUE!  Because, really, does it get any better than silky, creamy chocolate?   What about easy slow cooker chocolate?  even better….

This Crockpot Chocolate fondue is rich, intoxicatingly drool worthy, and lick your fingers delish and can you believe it is one of the easiest desserts to make?!   It literally takes  less than 5 minutes to prep!

Simply toss your few ingredients into your slow cooker and let your crockpot cruise on low until the chocolate and butter are melted and whisks together into this gloriously creamy, guzzle worthy chocolate.  All you have to do is stir occasionally.   You got this.

pulling a strawberry dipped in chocolate from crockpot Chocolate Fondue

You can serve this Chocolate Fondue straight from your crockpot so it stays silky smooth or you can pour it into a fondue pot with a candle or canned heat.   But any way you serve it, it will be the center of the party and you will be the hero!

And just because we don’t want to look like complete animals, devouring the chocolate by the spoonfuls, the Chocolate Fondue becomes fondue by dipping anything you can imagine in its decadence.

Chocolate vehicles I find pair particularly nicely are strawberries, bananas, pound cake, angel food cake, granola bars, waffles, pretzels, potato chips, marshmallows, brownies, donuts, graham crackers and Oreos…I could go on and on and on.

What are your favorite dippers?  I am sure I am missing something brilliant…

Now I’m going to try and answer any questions you might have about this breathtaking decadence:

What is the best chocolate to use for fondue?

You can customize the chocolate in this recipe to suit your personal tastes.  As written, the recipe uses 12 ounces semisweet chocolate and 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate but you are welcome to swap some out for milk chocolate or change the ratios of the other chocolates.

You can use chopped bakers chocolate or chocolate chips, but you MUST use only quality chocolate.  If you choose to use chocolate chips, only use Ghirardelli’s or Guittard as other chocolate chip brands will not melt as well and become grainy.  Your Chocolate Fondue is only as good as the quality of your chocolate so splurge a little!

HOW to make Chocolate Fondue

This Crockpot Chocolate Fondue could not be any easier!

  1. Lightly grease slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add chocolates, heavy cream, milk, butter, corn syrup, vanilla extract and salt to your crockpot and gently stir. 
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Fondue is ready when chocolate is completely melted and smooth after whisking. Mine took exactly one hour.
  4. Turn slow cooker to warm and serve with assorted dippers.
pulling up a marshmallow out of dark Chocolate Fondue recipe surrounded by a platter o dippers with bananas, strawberries, pretzels and pound cake

Do I have to Use Corn Syrup?

The Corn syrup in this Chocolate Fondue recipe is optional but HIGHLY recommended.  It helps the chocolate remain gorgeously silky and to prevent crystallization.

What are Some Dippers for A Chocolate Fondue?

Chocolate Fondue will make everything taste decadently delicious.  I like to use a variety of fruits, cookies/treats and salty snacks.

  • Fresh fruit: strawberries, bananas, pineapples, mangos, oranges, apples, pears, and cherries
  • Cookies: Oreos (every kind!),  almost any Girl Scout Cookie such as Samoas or Tag Alongs (store brands work great too), Nutter Butters, pirouettes, oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, etc.
  • Treats:  pound cake, donut holes, brownies, cream puffs, rice krispie treats, marshmallows, eclairs, caramels, peanut brittle, mini coconut macaroons,  Graham crackers, partially frozen Twinkies, granola bars
  • Salty/savory snacks:  pretzels, potato chips, bacon, Ritz crackers, croissants
up close of a strawberry dipped in classic chocolate fondue recipe

Chocolate Fondue Variations

  • Dark Chocolate Fondue:  swap the 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate with the 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue:  eliminate bittersweet chocolate and add ½ cup creamy peanut butter (NOT natural).  You can stir in additional peanut butter once the chocolate has melted for even more “peanut butter” taste if desired.
  • Mexican Chocolate Fondue:  add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and  ancho chili pepper.
  • Toffee Chocolate Fondue:  add ¼ cup toffee bits (Heath Bits O’Brickel) to the chocolate fondue.
  • Peppermint Chocolate Fondue:  stir in 1 teaspoon peppermint extract to the chocolate fondue once it has melted.  Add more to taste if you want a stronger peppermint flavor.
showing how to make crockpot Chocolate Fondue by adding chocolate, heavy cream and butter to slow cooker

Can I make chocolate fondue ahead of time?

Yes!   You can either make the Chocolate Fondue in the slow cooker and then keep it on the warm setting for several hours OR make the Chocolate Fondue up to 3-4 days ahead and refrigerate.

HOW DO I REHEAT CHOCOLATE FONDUE?

If you make your Chocolate Fondue in Advance or need to reheat leftovers, you can reheat it gently at 50% power in the microwave, stirring frequently until warmed through. You can also reheat Chocolate Fondue in a slow cooker on LOW, stirring frequently until warmed through then turn crockpot to the WARM setting.

stirring creamy crockpot chocolate fondue with a wooden spoon


Can I freeze Chocolate Fondue?

Yes!  Our Chocolate Fondue is made with heavy cream and not just melted chocolate so it freezes well.  The cream helps to stabilize the chocolate and prevent it from seizing.  If you are freezing your Chocolate Fondue, then the corn syrup is not optional but essential to prevent it from becoming grainy.To freeze Chocolate Fondue:

  1. Pour chocolate into an airtight, freezer safe container.
  2. Let chocolate cool completely.
  3. Freeze for up to 1 month.
  4. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. Reheat Chocolate Fondue gently in the microwave at 50% power, stirring frequently or heat in a slow cooker on LOW, stirring frequently until warmed through then turn to WARM setting.
top view of classic Chocolate Fondue recipe in a bowl surrounded by pretzels, pound cake, marshmallows and strawberries


What Should I Do with Leftover Chocolate Fondue?

If you want to mix up your leftover Chocolate Fondue and don’t want to just lick the bowl, here are a few ideas:

  • Ice Cream Topping:  Thin the Chocolate Fondue out with some additional heavy cream to create a decadent hot fudge sauce!
  • Cake or Cheesecake Topping:  Warm Chocolate Fondue (thin if needed with heavy cream) and serve over your favorite dessert.
  • Fudge Swirl:  Swirl some Chocolate Fondue into some of your favorite brownies, cheesecake or sweet bread.
  • Hot Chocolate:  Whisk Chocolate Fondue into hot milk for the most insanely delicious hot chocolate.
  • Truffles:  Refrigerate Chocolate fondue so it firms up enough to roll the chocolate into small balls.  You can roll these balls in cocoa powder or nuts.
  • Fudge:  Warm up the Chocolate Fondue (see section above), stir in some nuts then pour it into a pan to set.  You can also add dried fruit, marshmallows, etc.
  • Tarts:  Warm up the Chocolate Fondue (see section above), and pour into tart cups.
  • Frosting:  Chocolate Fondue is essentially a ganache so slather it all over cakes, cupcakes or brownies!
  • Chocolate Cream Filling:  Mix Chocolate Fondue with equal parts mascarpone for instant filling for cookies, crepes, etc.
  • Chocolate Covered Cookies:  Dunk cookies of your choice in the Chocolate Fondue and let set. You can even freeze individually wrapped cookies once set in an airtight plastic bag.
  • S’mores: Warm up the Chocolate Fondue and slather on graham crackers then top with toasted marshmallows.


Tips to make the BEST Chocolate Fondue

  • Grease slow cooker:  Don’t forget to lightly spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.  Alternatively, you can use a crockpot liner but it doesn’t quite fit the “gourmet'” looking party bill unless you are transferring the Chocolate  Fondue to a pot.
  • Quality chocolate:  As previously noted, use ONLY Guittard or Ghirardelli or a baking chocolate bar.
  • Stir often:  Stirring helps the chocolate to melt evenly.  I stirred my chocolate every 20 minutes.  Unlike my Chocolate Peanut Clusters, you don’t have to worry about removing the lid too often or dripping water into the chocolate when stirring because the fondue has heavy cream which helps to stabilize it.
  • Pay attention:  Every single crockpot is different, so make sure you are paying attention to your Chocolate Fondue because you don’t want it to overcook and start to burn/scald.  My fondue was done in exactly one hour but it could take more or less depending on your crockpot.
  • Turn to warm/off:  As soon as your chocolate is smooth ad completely melted, turn your crockpot to WARM or off completely if it seems too hot.  If you’r crockpot has been on warm and you’re worried your melted Chocolate Fondue is burning, simply turn off the heat.  It is better to rewarm the fondue than to burn it.
  • Double or Triple recipe:  You can double or triple this Chocolate Fondue recipe in a 6 quart slow cooker.  You will need to stir more often, about every 10-15 minutes, to ensure the ingredients melt evenly and the chocolate doesn’t burn around the edges.  Depending on your slow cooker, plan on the chocolate taking an additional 20 or so minutes to melt.
up close of dipping a marshmallow in dark Chocolate Fondue recipe

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue - EASY, velvety chocolate is the perfect make ahead party or special occasion appetizer or dessert. Perfect for Valentine's Day or baby/bridal showers!

Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue

This Chocolate Fondue is rich, creamy and decadently delicious and 100% fool proof made in the crockpot! It makes the perfect make ahead party or special occasion appetizer or dessert for Valentine’s Day, baby/bridal showers, movie night or just because!  See post for tons of ideas of what to do with leftover Chocolate Fondue.
Servings: 6 servings
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr

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Ingredients

  • nonstick cooking spray

Chocolate Fondue

  • 12 oz. quality semisweet chocolate chips or coarsely chopped bakers chocolate*
  • 4 oz. quality bittersweet chocolate chips or coarsely chopped bakers chocolate*
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup (optional but recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Dipper Ideas

  • strawberries
  • bananas
  • pound cake
  • angel food cake
  • pretzels
  • marshmallows
  • brownies
  • potato chips
  • donuts
  • graham crackers
  • oreos

Instructions

  • Lightly grease slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add all of the Chocolate Fondue ingredients and gently stir. Cover and cook on LOW for 1 hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes.
  • Fondue is ready when chocolate is completely melted and smooth after whisking. Mine took exactly one hour.
  • Turn slow cooker to warm and serve with assorted dippers.

Notes

*Use ONLY Guittard or Ghirardelli chocolate for best results

Chocolate Fondue Variations

Dark Chocolate Fondue:  swap the 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate with the 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue:  eliminate bittersweet chocolate and add ½ cup creamy peanut butter (NOT natural).  You can stir in additional peanut butter once the chocolate has melted for even more “peanut butter” taste if desired.
Mexican Chocolate Fondue:  add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and  ancho chili pepper.
Toffee Chocolate Fondue:  add ¼ cup toffee bits (Heath Bits O’Brickel) to the chocolate fondue.
Peppermint Chocolate Fondue:  stir in 1 teaspoon peppermint extract to the chocolate fondue once it has melted.  Add more to taste if you want a stronger peppermint flavor.

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22 Comments

  1. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Jen! This would not last a hot minute around my chocolate devouring sisters in law! If I want anything chocolate around them I have to get to it first and hide a portion for me! My favorite cookies are pecan shortbread (Ina Garten’s) so I would be dipping them, and then of course there are pears and pound cake (and fingers)! 🙂 I wish you and Patrick a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  2. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says

    Congratulations and I am so happy that you are here and that you are doing well and that I found you!! You are an inspiration as well as your wonderful recipes. Thank you for being such an inspiration. Happy Valentines Day to you and your Hubby!!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Marisa, you are such a sweetheart! Thank you for being a constant ray of sunshine! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day as well! xo

  3. Erin says

    Rice Krispie treats are SO GOOD dipped in fondue!!

    • Jen says

      Oh my goodness – sheer brilliance! I am so excited to try that one!!

  4. Suzi says

    I made this for Valentine’s Day for my boyfriend and we both loved it! I could drink the chocolate but best of all it was so fun and easy! I highly recommend this recipe!

    • Jen says

      Hi Suzi, what a fun Valentines Day treat! I am so happy you both enjoyed it – and I am right there with you – I could drink the chocolate 🙂 Thank you!

  5. Amber says

    I am a huge MILK chocolate fan. Does adding the other ingredients ‘soften’ the darkness at all or should I just use milk chocolate? This will be our family valentine treat! Can’t wait!

    • Jen says

      Hi Amber! If you “LOVE” milk chocolate and want it to taste all of milk chocolate – then you can certainly use milk chocolate instead of the other chocolates. Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. SandyToes says

    I’ve been stalking, er, following your blog for a long time (Hi!) and have had great success with several of your recipes, which I just realized this morning are ALL Mexican. Maybe because I grew up in Huntington Beach and spent most of my adult life in Sandy Eggo and Ventura, your Mexican recipes really speak to me. Whatever the connection is, you had me at Chili Lime Chicken. Now I’ve decided to embrace the slow cooker life, so I snagged a new boatload of recipes today. I’m so pleased to see that you don’t add unnecessary prep time, but you’re not averse to extra steps when they deliver big flavor boosts. Please keep them coming. The first one I’m making is Beef Tips and Gravy, because holy cow, actual GRAVY!

    This fondue looks especially drool-worthy, and I can’t wait to make it (it’s CHOCOLATE!). I have 2 small-ish slow cookers, a 3.5qt oval and a 2qt round. Which would you recommend for this recipe?

    SandyToes
    Tampa, FL

    • Jen says

      Hi stalker Sandy 🙂 I love hearing from you! I’m so happy you have been enjoying my Mexican recipes and I’m so excited for you to start trying the slow cooker recipes! They are so easy and so good at the same time! For this recipe, I would recommend the 3.5 qt. slow cooker. Enjoy!!

    • Jen says

      Not if it is kept warm in the crockpot 🙂

  7. Jill says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I am planning to use it for my daughter’s 2nd grade class Valentine party, so excited! I am curious about the serving size… How many pieces of goodies do you allow for each serving? I have under 30 kiddos and am trying to decide if I need to double or triple the recipe. I saw in a previous post that you had recommended the three and a half quart size instead of the to quart pot. Does this recipe make more than what I am thinking?

    • Jen says

      Hi Jill, what a fun idea for a Valentine’s party! I honestly don’t remember how much I allotted per serving so I would triple the recipe just to be safe. I am so sorry I can’t be more helpful but it is always better to have MORE chocolate than not enough 🙂

  8. Sarah says

    So for 80 women, would you suggest quadruple the recipe?

    • Jen says

      Hi Sarah, that is so hard to say because it’s hard to know exactly how much women will eat! I would think each recipe would serve 10 woman comfortably. If they are just having a few tastes then you could get away with less.

  9. Sheila Greenwood says

    Hi, This looks really yummy. Have you tried using your recipe in a chocolate fountain. I wanted to heat my chocolate in a crockpot and wanted to use a chocolate fountain for an event. So I was curious. Thanks for your help.

    • Jen says

      Hi Sheila, I’m sorry but I don’t have a chocolate fountain so I don’t know if it would work or not. I would try it first before your event. Good luck!

  10. Vanessa says

    I would like to add alcohol, would an ounce or tablespoon effect the consistency?

    • Jen says

      Nope, that will be just fine.

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