Thought Leader Series: Delectable Desserts with Fondue

Erin Pennings is a marketer by trade who serves up tasty treats and fun feats at SalmonAtSeven.com. Fondue, how do we love you? Let us count the ways. Seriously, can any of us count that high? Fondue started as...

Delectable desserts

Erin Pennings is a marketer by trade who serves up tasty treats and fun feats at SalmonAtSeven.com.

Fondue, how do we love you? Let us count the ways. Seriously, can any of us count that high? Fondue started as a simple melted cheese dish thousands of years ago (read more about it here). In recent decades, restaurants the world over have elevated fondue to an art form. With options for every course, fondue will sate your taste buds' quest for flavor.

Fondue adds an extra panache to a dessert with friends.Where cheese fondue is perfect for an appetizer course and broth-, wine-, or oil-based fondues are great for main courses, dessert may prove to be the most popular yet. There's something intrinsically fun about watching your dinner prepped in front of you - it's the reason hibachi grills and sushi bars often have long wait lists each night. Fondue takes the concept and adds a unique element - you. It's a brilliant restaurant concept, people will pay top dollar to come in and cook their own food at their tables. And keep coming back.

But why let the restaurants have all the fun?

Fondue sets are the ultimate in kitchen gadgets. They're so easy to set up and use, and provide hours of paced entertainment, regardless of fondue type. But, while all fondues are fun, dessert really takes the cake (pun intended!). In fact, dessert fondue can be summed up in a single word - CHOCOLATE! While there are certainly other ways to enjoy a fondue dessert than chocolate, the choices within the chocolate spectrum are nearly endless. And nearly everyone loves chocolate.

Chocolate fondue is the most popular, possibly since it has the widest appeal.There's something about sharing a chocolate fondue with someone that creates an instant bond. Whether it's the chocolate itself, or the sweet sensations, flavors and textures, or the act of sharing a dessert, we're not sure. But there is no better option for a girl's night or a romantic evening than dessert fondue.

And there are so many options!

What will satisfy your sweet tooth?

We've listed some of our favorite dessert fondue recipes, and we've even included a few non-chocolate options for you! As you'll see, if you can dream it, you can build it! Enjoy our favorites or engineer some of your own. There are no rules!

Almond Custard Fondue

Caramel Apple Fondue

Classic Chocolate Fondue

Lemon Fondue

Mexican Hot Chocolate Fondue

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue

Raspberry White Chocolate Fondue

Make beautiful bites as you go with fruit, great toppings, and chocolate fondue. Dippers Make the Dessert

Looking for ideas for what to dip? Well there's no end in sight to all the delicious flavors in front of you! What you choose as dippers may be entirely dependent on what dessert fondue recipe you're serving. Popular dippers in the snack food category are angel food cake, pretzels, marshmallows, cookies, and brownies. But also think about fruits - pineapple, coconut, bananas, apples, grapes. Remember you can't go wrong here! Want to double dip? That is, dip in chocolate and then coat in something else delicious as well? Consider cocoa powder, colored sugar crystals, chopped peanuts or almonds, sprinkles ... and more.

Let's do this!

Ready to host the ultimate girls night or romantic evening? You have the recipes and the ideas, so now all you need is a fondue set! Check out our options and other bakeware here! Fun will be had by all, and you'll already be planning your next fondue event as your guests leave.