We tried our mocha fondue recipe for dessert after the sun had set on our Memorial Day yakiniku party. My mother-in-law’s biggest weakness is chocolate, so we often serve a chocolate fondue when we have the opportunity to entertain her.
The mocha fondue was delicious: the bitterness of the dark chocolate and coffee was perfectly balanced by a little sugar and cream. It's one of my new favorite chocolate fondue recipes.
Salty bacon in rich mocha fondue; also notice the adorable vintage plates and matching cups my mother-in-law gave us!
Do you want to know the dirty truth about how we made this fondue? We had some leftover dark chocolate fondue in the fridge, so we warmed it up in 30-second increments in the microwave, added some instant coffee powder, and voila! You couldn't get anything better at Starbucks.
I didn't tell you that to make you curl up your nose as much as let you know that leftover chocolate fondue can be refrigerated for a few days and reheated without any substantial change, and that's pretty cool. Don't feel like you have to eat the whole pot!
We used our usual biscotti, strawberries, and cookies for dippers, and also tested out some crispy strips of bacon and some plain, salty potato chips. Of course, I was most enthusiastic about the bacon. Covered in chocolate and coffee, it was basically an unbeatable trifecta of my favorite foods. If I could put mocha-covered bacon on a cheese pizza, well, I wouldn't be typing up fondue recipes for a living...
Normally, if I weren't using leftovers, I would have prepared this fondue in a double boiler on the stove and then poured it into my ceramic fondue pot. As you can see here, we switched out my regular pot for an oversized coffee mug, just to keep things interesting. It worked great, too. Of course, you can also easily prepare this mocha fondue recipe right in your electric fondue pot, but the chocolate might not be as deep and you’ll be at a disadvantage when it comes to dipping.
Suggestions for mocha fondue dippers
Check out this page for even more chocolate fondue dipper ideas.
Find some great fondue chocolate in The Tabletop Food Shop
I usually make my chocolate fondue in a double boiler on the stove. However, you can also make this mocha fondue recipe in the microwave. Just check out my easy chocolate fondue page for directions.
If you don’t have a double boiler pan insert, you just put a smaller pan inside a larger one with some water inside, or even use a thick ceramic bowl inside a large pot with about an inch or two of water inside. Just be extremely careful when handling the hot bowl or pot, whatever you do!
You can also make chocolate fondue in an electric fondue pot. Just be sure to keep it on very low heat so as not to scald the chocolate. I would avoid using a metal pot heated by an alcohol or gel burner for chocolate fondue of any kind, as it's difficult to control the temperature and the chocolate will easily burn.
Some of my favorite online stores might have just what you need for your next tabletop meal!
Asian Food Grocer has a great selection of essential ingredients and many hard-to-find items.
Cilantro Cook Shop has a great selection of quality raclette and fondue sets.
For The Gourmet has an amazing selection of cheeses and chocolates.
Sephra specializes in chocolate, caramel and fruit fondues... and fountains.