Simple yet divine chocolate fondue

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Is there a more appropriate dessert to serve on Valentine’s Day? I’m not sure, but I will admit that I serve this to my friends year round. Not only does it give you something to “do” while you are chatting after a meal, but it’s also very easy and customizable for each person.

Don’t like cream puffs? Just eat the strawberries! I love that I can be pretty confident that my guests will enjoy at least some part of this dessert, or all the components of it!

This has been Justin’s favorite dessert ever since my mom first served it when we were dating. In fact, in my handwritten cookbook from my mom, it says “Justin’s favorite” next to the fondue recipe!

Chocolate Fondue // serves 6-8 people


  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream (or roughly 2 scoops)

In a medium pot over medium/low heat, melt butter. Add chocolate chips and sugar, stirring frequently. Allow the sugar to break down and ingredients to come together for about 3-4 minutes. Add vanilla and ice cream, stir together until heated through and well combined.

Serve in a fondue pot with bananas, pound cake, brownies, marshmallows, strawberries, cream puffs, pineapple, or anything else that sounds delicious with chocolate.


I’ve found this to refrigerate well for a few days, just reheat it in the fondue pot when you are ready to serve! Add more ice cream to the recipe if you want a “lighter” chocolate too!


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 02.12.18

Oh my, you just gave me the idea to do this for Valentine’s Day, since it’s on a working weekday! 🙂 This would make such a cute date in idea with my boyfriend after work. Thank you so much, the setup of your fondue looks so lovely! ❤️❤️

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Stephanie says · 02.12.18

I’m sorry, there’s ice cream in this? That’s awesome. I’ve never heard of fondue having ice cream in it before (or maybe I just never knew there was ice cream in it?)

Nadine says · 02.12.18

I have never heard of ice cream in fondue either.

Emily says · 02.12.18

I think it’s just a substitute for heavy cream, which is in most other chocolate fondue recipes! Sounds yummy!

Mallory says · 02.12.18

I made this a few years ago when you first posted about it! It’s still my husband and I’s favorite dessert we’ve done for our cook-at-home-together Valentine’s Day tradition. We usually switch up the dessert each year. But now you’ve got me wanting to try this again! Delish!

Lisa says · 02.12.18

Do you think the chocolate stays hot and lose just in a bowl like that without any heat underneath?

Every time i’ve ever tried it this way without heat the chocolate or cheese seems to thicken up too much to really coat the piece evenly.

Felicity says · 02.12.18

The vanilla ice cream sounds amazing in it! I’m not a huge chocolate fan so I’m definitely going to try this!

Christina says · 02.12.18

Yum! I was just thinking about making a chocolate fondue soon. My son’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day so we usually have cake that night. He is a big fan of chocolate fondue so maybe we will switch it up this year! Thanks for the recipe. I never thought to put ice cream in it, but it sounds delightful!

Amanda says · 02.12.18

Do you mind if I ask: It looks like you have the chocolate in a regular serving dish; is this sometimes how you serve it? Or was this just for a pic? My kids will love this and I’d love it even more if I can forego our fondue pot that stays packed away and will require a ton of work to pull out 😉 #lazymom

Kate says · 02.13.18

It’s best in a fondue pot for sure, it will stay a lot warmer that way!

Sarah Lillian says · 02.12.18

This looks absolutely AMAZING! I will have to make this sweet treat on Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing!

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Meghan Dillon says · 02.12.18

Love how easy this looks – butter, sugar, and chocolate is a combo that I’ll never pass up. Thanks for sharing your mom’s recipe <3!

keellie says · 02.12.18

You had a random “meeting” come up in NYC on the same weekend your sister was going to be there? and on your sons birthday? …. wow. How incredibly selfish.

Kate says · 02.13.18

Your accusatory tone is not welcome in the comments of this post.

Beth says · 02.13.18

Not accusatory when it’s true

Kate says · 02.13.18

Beth, kindly, I’m not interested in engaging in a comment that starts with questioning whether or not I had a meeting by putting it in quotation marks. This person also included an accusation about me being “selfish” despite this person knowing absolutely nothing about the circumstances of this weekend.

Anna says · 02.13.18

Why even respond then Kate if you aren’t interested in engaging? Seems about the only time you ARE interested in engaging is when someone calls you out on something. Several people have asked legit questions about this post yet you can’t seem to find the time to answer them. This happens quite frequently, it’s really telling about what kind of person you truly are.

Jessica says · 02.13.18

Accusatory means “indicating or suggesting that one believes a person has done something wrong.” This is indeed accusatory. People are choosing to come here, to her blog, and call her selfish or imply that she is a bad person. If Kate’s comment are “telling about what kind of person” she is, what on earth does it say about the type of person you are if you take time out of your day to come online and insult someone. Honestly, I think it is human nature to want to defend oneself. And it seems like she can’t do anything without being attacked or harshly judged, so I can hardly blame her for wanting to comment when people attack and degrade her character.

Jessica says · 02.12.18

This recipe is over 2000 kcal. Even for a 6-8 person serving that is a crazy amount of calories.

Kate says · 02.13.18

it’s a dessert

Eva says · 02.13.18

Chocolate fondu is the best!! I like cheese as well. I went easy this year and picked up some chocolate covered strawberries at Godiva as a surprise for my husband the other day. He loves sweets!

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Erika says · 02.14.18

I am shocked at some of these nasty comments! I guess I’m naive when it comes to blog comments. Kate…you’re beautiful, smart, and a great mom. The chocolate fondue looks delicious, and frankly, I can’t figure out how you manage all that you do. Keep it up and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kate says · 02.14.18

Thank you very much for the support!

chichi says · 02.15.18

This will be prefect for a party this weekend, love the idea of having something to do while chatting after meals!

Lindsay says · 02.15.18

Kate! I made your fondue last night and it is amazing! I’m not quite sure what my husband mumbled because his mouth was full, but I could tell it was a compliment. We’ll be adding this to our favorite recipes. Thank you for sharing!

Stephanie says · 02.16.18

My 2nd Fondue pot cracked years ago, SO, I thought of a microwave bowl, & an electric candle warmer, should work well. Can’t wait to try, love Choc & Ice Cream too. Yes, heavy cream is not always in our fridge. Fondue was a “fav” in the 1960’s, still is great. Why worry about calories when you plan dessert? Thank you for sharing. Good Luck. And “when you can’t say something nice, then ZIP IT!” Some people never learned that. Why is the world so anxious to reach out & hurt others??? Do your best, we appreciate it. Blessings for a fabulous Lenten season & a Beautiful Easter!

Arianne says · 02.19.18

that looks so delicious <3 I love your setup!

Jess says · 12.30.19

Some of these comments are insane. It’s a fondue recipe. Get a grip folks.

Do you think I could put this in a tiny crock pot on “warm”?

Kate says · 12.30.19

I would make it in the stove first to make sure the sugar breaks down enough, but after it has come together I’d definitely say you can keep it warm in a small crock pot!

Jess says · 12.31.19

Ok! I’m going to give it a try for this evening! If the crockpot is a fail I will report back. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Meg says · 01.04.20

My sugar didn’t devolve… it was my first time making it but does anyone know what I did wrong? Maybe my heat was up too high because I was worried about burning it. Help!

It was still delicious though! Thank you Kate!!

Kate says · 01.05.20

Definitely try turning the heat down when you melt the butter with the sugar!