Fondue Before the I-“due”

10 Dec

If you’re trying to plan the perfect bachelorette party for a mellow bride-to-be, and strip clubs, drinking games, and wild nights aren’t quite up her alley, we’ve got a deliciously fun idea for you—throw a fondue party! What could be better for a low-key girl’s night then sitting around chatting and dipping your favorite foods in cheese and melting chocolate?

Fondue restaurants like The Melting Pot are always an option but can be on the expensive side, and aren’t nearly as personal as cooking and serving at home. If no one in the bridal party already owns a fondue set, split the cost and purchase one as a bachelorette party/early wedding gift for the bride-to-be. A decent set comes with a heating pot and fondue forks and ranges between $30 and $70–Cuisinart has tons of options to choose from, like THIS electric fondue set or THIS cast iron set with an adjustable burner. If you don’t want to purchase a fondue set, you can always just heat a pot on the stove or portable burner, just make sure to keep the cheese or chocolate continually heating.

For the main meal, you’ll be dipping your favorite foods in melted cheese—and there are TONS of recipes to choose from! If you want to go traditional, try THIS Swiss-based cheese dip from Simply Recipes. If you’re feeling adventurous, try THIS cream cheese and crabmeat fondue—it’s delicious!

For desert time—which, when having a fondue party, really should be called MEAL time—delicious melted chocolate takes center stage. We’re turning to Rachel Ray for THIS amazing chocolate fondue recipe, but browse around recipe books and the internet (The Food Network is a great place to start) until you find the chocolate brew that makes the bride-to-be’s mouth water.

The possibilities for what to dip in the melted cheese and chocolate are endless, but here are a few tried and true winners:

  • Bread (French is a great option, but incorporate your personal favorites!)
  • Apple slices
  • Strawberries
  • Banana slices
  • Pretzels
  • Pineapple
  • Chopped raw veggies
  • Cooked meat

My personal favorite thing to dip? Banana slices topped with a bit of peanut butter in a pot of chocolate—YUM! Share your favorites with us, how do you fondue?

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