Keep cheese and dessert fondues at a low temperature – about 120 degrees – using a tea light.
When heating oil or broth for entrée fondues, keep the pot at about 375 degrees. To test the temperature, dip in a cube of bread. It should brown evenly in about 30 seconds.
Cheese Fondue Cooking Tips:
When making cheese fondue, cheese should be shredded and tossed with flour to aid in thickening and to improve the viscosity of the fondue. The cheese fondue should be the consistency of warm honey when completed.
Monitor the cheese carefully as it is being added. Not all of the cheese may be needed, and, in some cases, more cheese may be needed to reach the perfect consistency.
Do not add water to cheese fondue. If it is too thick, add more of the liquid you used for the base. If it is too thin, add more cheese.
Keep the heat as low as possible so that the cheese doesn’t become rubbery.
Wondering what to drink with your cheese fondue? Try more of the wine or beer you used as the base in the recipe!
Chocolate Fondue Cooking Tips:Dark chocolate: The strong, bitter flavor of dark chocolate fondue provides a unique contrast when paired with sweet dippers such as pineapple and marshmallows. If your chocolate fondue comes out too bitter, stir in a little confectioners’ sugar until it reaches the desired level of sweetness.
Milk chocolate melts fairly evenly and its milder taste makes it a great base for mixing with sweet liquors and other additives, such as peanut butter or marshmallow creme. Of course, milk chocolate is also just as delicious in its purest form – with nothing added!
White chocolate has the same consistency as milk chocolate, but has a less intense flavor, which allows white chocolate fondue to take on more of the flavors of liqueurs, nuts, or any other mix-ins.
The Melting Pot’s Chocolate Fondue Bars provide a quick and easy way to make dessert fondue at home and a portion of the cost goes to charity. The bars melt down quickly and can be mixed with flavored liqueurs, candy or cookies to make your own chocolate fondue creations. The bars can be purchased at Melting Pot locations or online at http://shop.meltingpot.com/category/58-chocolate-bars.aspx. And $1 from each fondue chocolate bar sold is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.