The best fondue pot and recipes to get you started.

By Kaitlyn Yarborough
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Fondue with red wines
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Pull out your old roller skates, bell bottoms, and everything colored in avocado or mustard—because we’re taking dinnertime back to the groovy 1970s, if only for the night. We can all recall that fondue pots were at the height of their popularity in the 70s, when folks would fill them up with melty cheese, smooth chocolate, and piping-hot oil for cooking small hunks of mystery meat. Yum! And even though the last one might make you shudder, the other two were quite the fun dinner delicacy to enjoy with loved ones at home. 

With all of us trying to make the most of staying in, we’re ready to bring back the nostalgic fondue pot. Not only does it provide a communal meal experience for a family who got tired of eating takeout around the TV every Friday night, like, weeks ago, but it also provides a totally unique menu that you’ll likely not see on the average night. So, how to dive back into this retro kitchen item? We’re glad you asked.

For most, it will do best to invest in a reliable electric fondue pot with temperature control settings to ensure your cheese or chocolate doesn’t burn nor congeal for the entire duration of your spontaneous fondue night. This top-selling affordable one from Amazon more than does the trick, with a 6-cup capacity, dishwasher-safe materials, and color-coded forks to let everyone enjoy without sharing saliva. If you’re looking to splurge a bit more, shoppers sing high praise for the classic Cuisinart 3-Quart Electric Fondue Set, too. 

From there, pick your poison: cheese or chocolate. For cheese fondue, Swiss and Gruyére cheeses make a traditional duo; but we’re partial to our festive Beer-Cheese Fondue recipe. Serve with crusty bread hunks, charcuterie meats, apples, and vegetables. For chocolate fondue, this four-ingredient recipe can be perfectly paired with fruit, marshmallows, pretzel rods, and cubes of our Million Dollar Pound Cake.

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So, what are you waiting for? You don’t know heaven until you’ve eaten a full meal of melted cheese. That much we know.