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.
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.
Mocha Fondue Recipe
- 1 bag (2 cups) of your favorite chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 3 teaspoons instant coffee powder
- Optional: 1-3 tablespoons of brandy, kahlua, or Tia Maria liqueur
Suggestions for mocha fondue dippers
- cold pound cake cubes
- banana chunks
- pretzel rods
- pitted cherries
- crispy bacon
- 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.
- Put about an inch or two of water inside the large pot and put the double boiler insert inside. Heat the water over medium-high to high heat until it’s boiling.
- Add the chocolate, half and half, and coffee powder to the double boiler. Stir gently with a wooden spoon until it’s melted.
- Serve the fondue in a ceramic pot heated by a tea light with a selection of fresh fruit, cookies, and other dippers. Each guest should have their own fondue fork and a plate.
- Talk, laugh, eat, and enjoy!