You had us at “chocolate.” But chocolate fondue is even better. Just in case you needed an excuse to indulge in some melted chocolate, you’ve got it with this holiday. National Chocolate Fondue Day is a day to get creative with your favorite sweets, and decide whether you want to share it with someone else, or keep it all to yourself. Strawberries, bananas, marshmallows — everything tastes better with chocolate. There’s only one question on February 5: What will YOU dip?
National Chocolate Fondue Day - History
American fondue restaurant The Melting Pot opened
Americans knew fondue was a hit when a full-blown fondue restaurant opened in 1975. The Melting Pot serves up all types of fondue, including of course, chocolate.
When chocolate met fondue
Though fondue had been around for quite some time, it wasn't until the '60s that fondue in the form of chocolate came into existence.
Cheese fondue came first
You can thank the Swiss for the invention of fondue. Though theirs was primarily cheese, they came up with the concept of fondue in the 1800s — thus paving the way for chocolate fondue to come later.
National Chocolate Fondue Day Activities
1. Have a chocolate fondue party
Gather a group of friends together and have each one bring something to contribute. Bonus points if you have multiple fondue pots going!
2. Have a romantic fondue night at home
Fondue can be quite romantic, especially when we are talking chocolate-dipped strawberries. Light some candles, get the ingredients, and have a romantic fondue night with your special someone.
3. Have a fondue recipe cook-off
Turn this holiday into a competition and have friends and/or family compete for the best fondue recipes and dipping fun.
4 Most Popular Things To Dip In Chocolate Fondue
Strawberries and chocolate go hand in hand, so it's no surprise strawberries won the top spot.
2. Rice Krispy treats
Melted marshmallows glued to cereal — all blended together and dipped in chocolate? It's decadence on a budget.
Feel free to spice things up a bit by trying coconut marshmallows.
Chocolate-covered bananas are a hit on their own, but when dipped in chocolate fondue, they are even better.
Why We Love National Chocolate Fondue Day
A. Chocolate is a great source of antioxidants
We are going to ignore the sugar in chocolate and instead focus on the fact that it's packed full of antioxidants. This is especially true for dark chocolate, or anything above 70% cocoa. So basically, you're doing your body a favor by eating chocolate fondue.
B. Chocolate can help lower cholesterol
Yes, you read that right. Studies have shown that consuming chocolate can help lower your levels of bad cholesterol (LDL). And that's with regular consumption. So go ahead and buy a couple of chocolate bars next time you're at the store.
C. Fondue anything is fabulous
You can dip strawberries, marshmallows, other forms of chocolate. Anything goes to make this day extra sweet.