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Dreamy Dark Chocolate Fondue

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I was completely convinced Kate Middleton would have a girl.

There’s a recipe called “Pink Princess Cake” going in my cookbook that I decided to take out and post today… or really last week because I guessed the baby would be born July 14th. Obviously I have no future as a psychic.

Or a gambler.

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Luckily, no special skills in divination are required to make a rich chocolate fondue perfect for celebrating any occasion. All you need is chocolate. And luckily, I just so happen to have a very large supply of chocolate!

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This is a lightened-up recipe for traditional chocolate fondue.

The heavy cream, margarine, and corn syrup called for in many versions of the recipe have been omitted, and I’ve combined three different types of chocolate, just enough milk, and a pinch of salt and vanilla extract in such a way that the final product maintains the same richness and creaminess of the original.

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Lightened-Up Chocolate Fondue

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (180g)
  • 2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder (10g)
  • 5 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 5 oz chopped dark chocolate (or 5oz more chocolate chips)
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 1/2 tbsp amaretto (omit the vanilla extract if using)

Whisk milk of choice, cocoa, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to boil. Once it boils, lower to LOW and add all of the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts and is completely creamy, with no lumps (about 2-3 minutes). Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract or amaretto. Transfer to a fondue pot or serving dish. Serve with sliced fruit, graham crackers, or anything you think would taste better with a coating of chocolate. (Read: everything!)

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Now about that royal baby name…

Seeing as I’m already 0 for 2, I’m not even going to try! According to UK betting agents, George and James are frontrunners, with Henry and Alexander close behind. Scarily enough, some people actually put money down on the names Voldemort and Snape. 😕

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Melissa says:

    Yum! I have a package of strawberries in the fridge just waiting to be dipped in this! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Think I’ll try making this with a bit of my favorite chocolate PB2 and use it as a dip for animal crackers!

  3. I thought the royal baby was going to be a girl too. I’m going to guess he will be named Henry. What an adorable name! I love how light and easy this recipe is. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  4. Have to admit that Voldemort would be the most hillarious royal baby name, ever. This fondue sounds tasty! I normally stay away from chocolate fondues and fountains at parties because A. unhealthy and B. I have an irrational fear of childen dipping their fingers in it! Glad to be able to make it at home with no fear of dirty finger dipping :) (just my clean fingers!)

  5. Kathy says:

    Oh yum, chocolate fondue. This will be on my to do list!! I really thought Kate would have a girl also, but I was probably led by the media suggesting it might be a girl. I am hoping she will include the name Frances for one of the baby’s middle names, as that was William’s mother’s middle name. I think that would be a nice gesture. Can’t wait to get a glimpse of the little guy!

  6. Ashley says:

    I thought it was going to be a girl too! Thanks for the fondu recipe! I love your stuff. I made the PB protein bars and they are AMAZING!
    I’m following you – can you return the favor?

    ~Ashley (A Cute Angle)

    1. I will definitely check out your blog! :)

  7. Lisa says:

    I totally thought Kate was going to have a girl too.
    For some reason I was just convinced she would.
    This chocolate fondue looks amazing! Perfect for entertaining.

  8. Lauwchen says:

    I love chocolate fondue! When I get lazy, I simply microwave some dark chocolate and dip strawberries in it before the chocolate cools down and sets 😀

  9. Anne-Marie says:

    Your first sentence was so recognizable! There must be a relationship between thinking about Royal Baby Girls and loving Chocolate. Anyway, this recipe sounds gorgeous like the very most of your recipes! I’m always looking forward to your blogs! Thanks a lot!

  10. Chocolate fondue is just heaven to me!!!! Especially dark chocolate…

  11. Only from Katie would we get 3 kinds of dark chocolate in one recipe. I love it! I’ve been experimenting with chocolatey fudge sauces a lot lately and this looks great. Forget fruit – I think eating this by the spoonful would be perfectly acceptable :)

  12. Laura Miller says:

    I was convinced that the royal baby was a girl too! Even when I first saw the announcement of the baby being a boy, I thought they were lying.

    Whatever the royal baby is, this sounds like the perfect dessert to celebrate any life moment.

  13. Erica says:

    wheres the question of the day?

  14. Brittany Winn says:

    This has nothing to do with your post (which looks great) besides the fact that that beautiful strawberry made me think of a question for you. I was just wondering if you have experimented with chia seed jam? I was thinking about trying it with your single lady jelly roll but thought I would ask you if you have played with the idea yet?
    I am really excited about the idea and am going to try it out today…and perhaps smear it on a single lady jelly roll after all.
    Love your creative, consistent posts!

    1. Sarah the official CCK Drooler says:

      I don’t know whether Katie has done a chia jam but I have tried these, and like them very much!
      Hope it helps!

      1. Brittany says:

        Oh goodness! Thank you, those links took me to exactly the kind of thing I’d like to try to create! How did you become the official drooler? I’d like to be the CCK official taste tester!
        Cheers Sarah

    2. I do have my own recipe (not yet posted)… but it looks like the links Sarah provided are pretty similar to mine, so I’d try some of those. Angela is a great cook, so I’d bet they turn out well.

  15. How funny, I was just pondering a healthier fondue last night.

  16. Krithi says:

    Somehow I too thought Kate would have a girl :). Glad I didn’t bet anywhere… A bowl full of chocolate for dipping.. bring it on… I would just dig in and lick the spoon.. :)

  17. Tiffany says:

    I totally thought she would have a girl too :)

    Love the idea of this fondue!

    I dont have a scale…so how much would you estimate 5oz of chocolate chips to be if I were to use measuring cups? Thank you so much!

    1. I would look at your bag of chips. It will usually say on there. Look and see how many ounces the package is and then how many servings. :)

  18. Amy McCann says:

    You know what would be fun?! To see what people have tried chocolate on and loved!! I homeschool and when doing Kindergarten with my 1st born (many moons ago) we had to do a graph. The graph ended up being the like or dislike of foods in applesauce. Note to self: Don’t let the Kinder make up the terms:) We put 6-7 different things in applesauce and everyone tasted it with an up or down vote. The kids all liked ketchup with applesauce, I didn’t even try it!!!! P.S.: I had no idea that fondue was full of junk, but then again I don’t buy it. Now that I know, I will make it! THANK YOU!!!

  19. Tammela says:

    Katie, you kill me with these chocolate recipes! (In the best possible way.) Yet another thing to go on my “to-make” list… :)

  20. DragonTat2 says:

    Oh, I do like Henry.

    And just scored a few varieties of some awesome quality chocolate.
    Timing is everything~ and, yeah. I thought girl, too

  21. Allison says:

    This looks so simple and easy – and yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Oh this sounds amazing! I love amaretto so I would for sure add it! Chocolate dip with fresh fruit is always a winning combination.

  23. Hailey says:

    I could have sworn it was going to be a girl too! Oh well, this looks delicious enough to squash all of my royal baby disappointment :)

  24. I have never had fondue before in my life. Ever. Not really sure why, but when I was younger I was very picky when it comes to the food that I eat. Unfortunately, now I cannot eat any fondue because I am lactose intolerant. :(

    1. Michelle says:

      This recipe would be perfect for you then! Just use a lactose-free milk such as almond or soy milk and vegan chocolate chips. Katie is a vegan, so her recipes are generally free of lactose.

  25. Grace says:

    This looks delicious! Everything tastes better dipped in chocolate, yeah? 😀

    I just want to say that I’ve recently found your stockpile of deliciously not-so-naughty recipes, and I love it! Ever since I’ve discovered how much I love baking, about a year ago, I’ve devoured dessert & food blogs. But then, a couple months later, my family decided to try to eat healthier. More like my mom and I, but the others *sometimes* will try something I bake. (Though a s’mores pop tart still trumps cookie dough baked oatmeal in their eyes!) We’ve gone mostly paleo/primal, basically eating like I’m vegan with some meat allowed. Hey, but when is there chicken in cookies?
    I thought thought I’d be confined to plain ol’ fruit and bitter hunks of unsweetened chocolate (did I mention the major major refined sugar restriction?) Until I found your blog! (Hey, I’m in highschool. I should be allowed to wait until I’m at least 30 to be strict on stuff like that!)

    From one chocolate-addicted, peanut-butter loving, healthy-eating girl to another , I would like to say thank you!

    – Grace

  26. Megan E. says:

    Interesting idea, sounds easy, but I’m surprised you don’t use a double boiler for the chocolate so it doesn’t burn. Do you stir constantly instead?

    I thought girl too, guess I was influenced by friends having female babies! I like James…

    1. I guess it’s because of all the extra liquid in the recipe. I’ve never had a problem with this… Normally I DO use the double broiler method (or I microwave the chips until not-quite-fully-melted and then stir to fully melt), but in this recipe it’s not needed.

  27. His royal highness, Snape!! That would be funny… And terrifying hahaa

    The fondue, however, sounds lovely. Give me some vegan marshmallows to go with and I’d be a happy girl :)

  28. Madeleine says:

    Yumm That fondue looks delicious! There are a lot of fondues that are either too heavy or too sweet, but this one sounds perfect. For the royal baby name, I’m betting on Henry. I already know two little boys that are named that, so I think the name is having a comeback.

  29. Oh my! This fondue looks so good! I don’t think it could be a dip in my house though…it would be more like a pudding – to be eaten by the bowlful! Dangerous!

  30. Wendy says:

    Love, love your recipes! I need chocolate to be free of soy and dairy, so I just melt Enjoy Life chocolate chips with canned coconut milk. It is a easy way to get my chocolate fix!

  31. Oh…. my…. goodness…. that looks heavenly! I’m totally going to need to make sure I have all of the ingredients on my next shopping list. YUM!

  32. Candice says:

    I was convinced she’d have a girl too!

  33. Jennifer says:

    What a lovely idea! I want to use this to dip pretzels and gummi bears in! Thanks for sharing.

  34. Dreamy chocolate fondue…yup, the name sold me before I even looked! Who doesn’t love fondue, seriously? In my mind it’s more than worth it because it encourages you to have more fruit haha – bananas and strawberries are my absolute favourite with chocolate. I’m obsessed with sea salt chocolate right now too, so I would totally sprinkle some salt over the top!

  35. carolyn says:

    how many servings does the recipe make? (103 grams is a little hard to visualize!)

  36. Lily says:

    Hi, I love your blog. I started searching for recipes where I could enjoy the good antioxidant parts of chocolates. I found your site and loved it. On top of that this particular recipe is of interest as I am vegetarian. I wish you had a +1 or facebook like button which I could share this with some of my vegetarian friends. I guess I will have to do it the long way. Anyways liked your page on facebook- keep up the good work. Cheers!

  37. carolyn says:

    LOL at the baby names, but if I were British I’d name my kid Severus or Draco, totally.

  38. Claire says:

    Hello!! I just wanted to say that I have tried almost all of your recipes and they are delishious!! I was hoping that maybe you could post somemore pancake recipes maybe?! That would be great! Thanks for everything you do!

  39. I thought Kate would have a girl too! I just felt like it was so natural for her to have a girl because she is so beautiful and fashionable that she couldn’t possibly have a boy. Anyways, enough about the baby because this chocolate fondue looks incredible! Thanks for the healthier version to a normally very unhealthy recipe. Love your website!

  40. Omg. Does this look gorgeous or WHAT?! Just thinking about all the possible dippers into this fudgy-looking fondu is making me hungry!

  41. Nicole says:

    This looks divine Katie! I love how your recipes are always simple, healthy and delicious. I’ll definitely be gather up some fresh fruit this weekend to try this out for dessert on Sunday.

  42. Key says:

    Katie you are so then you look like a skeleton. Many you should start counting your calories to make sure your getting enough. Just some good advice.

  43. Hello! My name is Jess, and I run a food blog called Floptimism where every week I write a post called “Weekend Wrap Up.” Basically, it’s where I highlight some of my favorite web finds from the past week to share with my readers. (I’ve included your posts before so I know I’ve commented, but I’m also sure you get tons of comments and may not remember.) Anyway, I loved this fondue recipe so much that I featured it on this week’s wrap-up, and wanted to let you know. Thank you for such a great idea and blog post! I’ve included the link below in case you’re interested. I hope you had a great weekend!

  44. Tayla says:

    You know, your fondue recipe makes an amazing filling for truffles once you let it cool and sit for a while! Delicious!

  45. Nessa says:

    This looks so good!

  46. Lucy says:

    I made the chocolate fondue in a triple batch, too much,,, how can I store at least 2 cups left over…

  47. shanti says:

    Thanks for sharing! This was a hit with our guests and with my 9-year old son who now is following a gf/df/egg-free diet. Woo-hoo!

  48. georgia says:

    Whats your favourite recipe/s on your site?

    1. Too many to choose just one :). But the peanut butter pie, pb cookie dough cookies, and chocolate bar pie are among them.

  49. Anisha says:

    Hi Katie, am quite keen to try this recipe, we have some guest coming over fo dinner next week, hence a query, if I exactly take the same measurements as you, how many serves does it makes?