Spiced Chocolate Fondue


This spiced chocolate fondue recipe is fragrant with warm spices. Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips

Spiced chocolate fondue with dippers like apples, bananas, and marshmallows
Photo: Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
makes one gift, or 4 to 6 servings

Chocolate fondue is a fantastic dessert to serve at the end of a dinner or cocktail party, especially when you want to offer something interactive for your guests. It's also a nice option for guests who want to decide exactly what they dip in the chocolate — fruit, cake, marshmallows, or cookies. Caroline Yeh, the owner of Temper Chocolates in Boston, sells extraordinary candies from small European and American producers. She's also an excellent home cook and baker with a passion for chocolate. She created this spiced chocolate fondue recipe, which is fragrant with cinnamon, clove, cardamom and ginger. Yeh simmers the spices in cream, then strains the spiced-scented cream and uses it to make chocolate ganache. The chocolate holds its silky texture at room temperature, which makes it great for parties; you can make it before the party and bring it out when you are ready for something sweet. Serve this fondue with pieces of pound cake, gingerbread, apples, pears, strawberries, bananas, and/or marshmallows, for dunking. If you like, offer a few pretzels or salt-topped cookies for a sweet-salty dessert experience.  

This fondue also makes an excellent gift. For each gift, measure out the spices above into a small glass jar and give with 1/2 pound of chocolate and this recipe. Or prepare the fondue and pour into a small glass jar: It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat it gently in the microwave before serving.


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup whole milk

  • Eight 4-inch cinnamon sticks, crushed

  • 2 teaspoons cardamom pods

  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the heavy cream with the milk and all of the spices and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let steep for 20 minutes.

  2. Strain the cream into a bowl and wipe out the saucepan. Return the cream to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Put the chocolate in the bowl and pour the hot cream over it. Let stand for 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Transfer the fondue to a bowl and serve.

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