This past weekend I decided to throw my first fondue party after being inspired by FoodNetwork’s Snapchat story, weeks ago.
First rule of throwing a fondue party-
- It’s ALWAYS a potluck style party. If you don’t know what potluck means, it means each person brings a dish or some type of food to share with everyone else. This ends up saving a lot of money because when you throw a fondue party, you need dippers to dip in whatever fondue you have (duh.) and buying 10 separate items can get a little costly so spreading the wealth among friends makes life a whole lot easier. Whatever they bring doesn’t have to be big, a box of Oreos or a bag of marshmallows will suffice.
- Second rule, always BORROW a fondue pot. I asked my grandma for one, I said, “Grandma, do you happen to have a fondue pot I could borrow for this weekend, pretty please?”. She said, “Yes, I think I have one in the basement.” My lovely grandmother proceeds to pull out a TOTE BIN of 8+ fondue pots. I didn’t expect her to have one, let alone enough to feed a small village. Just ask a friend or two (or your grandma) if they have one for you to borrow for the night, and if not, they have cheap ones at retailers like Target or Walmart.
I decided to throw a solely chocolate fondue party, just because the variety of dippers I’d have to have to accommodate chocolate AND cheese fondue was too much. Pizza bites and taquitos sufficed for appetizers, and surprisingly it wasn’t a problem I didn’t have “real food”.
For dippers I went with:
- Pineapple chunks (from a can, this isn’t the White House)
- Apples (Green? I don’t know how specific you want this)
- Pretzel Rods
- Angel Food Cake
- Wafer Sticks
- Vanilla Wafers
- Cape Cod Kettle Chips
- Rice Krispie Treats
- Chips Ahoy! Chewy
- Donut Holes
I hosted a party of about 9 people and it was PLENTY food. I had to bag the leftover cookies for our neighbors (p.s. GREAT way to get rid of food you don’t want!) Here’s the recipe for the Chocolate Fondue
Total Time: 25 min
Makes: 3 or 3.5 cups
2 cups heavy whipping cream
16 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
Melt chocolate in double boiler. (If you don’t know what a double boiler is, it’s when you put a pot of water on the stove and put a bowl that’s BIGGER than the rim of the pot and you melt the chocolate in the bowl over the steam coming from the boiling water. It helps to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn.) If you didn’t understand my description, Google it.
Once chocolate is melted, slowly stir in the cream. Not all at once. Slowly. Keep stirring until all the chocolate and cream is combined. BOOM! You’re done!
For hosting the actual party, I suggest making your fondue about an hour to an hour and a half before the party and prepping all the food before hand. I set the table up the night before and since the guests brought most the ingredients, just set out bowls for them once they got there. I got almost all my dishes and bowls at DollarTree except the Santa Belt bowls which I got at Michaels. I set up two fondue pots on opposite sides of the table just to avoid spills and people reaching over the table, and it seemed to work out fantastic. ***Number one recommended tip: Use a table cloth!!! All of your friends could live in palaces or the White House or something fancy but SPILLS always happen. Always. Just use a cheap plastic cloth from the Dollar Store, it might not look the best but at the end of the day you can just scoop up the trash and throw it away. Throwing a fondue party is one of the easiest parties you can throw and this guide makes it so much easier.