Chocolate fondue

February 5, 2011  •  Category:


I tend to mentally divide people into two categories: The pack rats and the minimalists. I belong to the second category, I like to get rid of stuff, especially if I see that it has been taken up space and not been used. One friend, the owner of 200 pairs of flip-flops, once quipped: “So, Joumana, are you getting rid of your beds now?”.

The problem is I end up regretting  giving away  some things, like the fondue pot I had on a shelf for years and decided I needed this week-end.

What about you? Are you a pack rat or a minimalist?


  • 6 ounces of whipping cream
  • 12 ounces of chocolate of your choice (I used dark)
  • 1 small chili pepper or a dash of hot Aleppo pepper
  • fruits for the sticks: prunes, kumquats, bananas

If I was watching the Super Bowl, that is exactly what I would want to munch on after eating the savory stuff; especially if my team was losing!


  1. Place the cream in a saucepan and bring to boil; place a chili pepper (if dried, let the seeds out into the cream) in the cream as well. If using hot Aleppo pepper, sprinkle on the cream.
  2. When the cream is near boiling, remove from the heat and strain.
  3. Place all the chocolate, cut into small pieces, into the cream. Stir to melt the chocolate and combine the cream and chocolate. When the chocolate and cream are smooth, pour into (preferably) a fondue pot set over a small flame.
  4. Arrange sticks of fruits all around. Serve.


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  1. Anita says:

    Minimalist for sure, cant stand extra useless stuff. Yummy for the fondue!

  2. TS of eatingclub says:

    Pack rat, I guess. Good thing it’s only for a select few categories of items. There are lots of things I don’t care much about, so I don’t have a problem getting rid of those!

  3. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Super decadent! I love the addition of chile pepper, so nice!

  4. Christine @ Fresh says:

    This is perfect for Valentine’s Day! There’s nothing more romantic than fondue.

  5. Chiara says:

    It’s perfect for a romantic tete a tete,brava Joumana ! kisses…

  6. JourneyKitchen says:

    Wow! I was planning to do choc fondue post as well 🙂 How awesome does this look. And oh I’m exactly like you – minimalist who regrets later. But I’m minimalist only about food and clothes. Not so much about kitchen accessories. I’m way too attached to them.

  7. oum mouncifrayan says:

    c’est marrant cette version de chocolat!!! une découverte en tout cas..

  8. Cherine says:

    Who can say no for chocolate?!
    This chocolate fondue looks awesome!

  9. Katerina says:

    I am a little bit of both. Somethings I get rid very easily and others I keep for ever. I love fondue both types the savory and the sweet. This looks totally decadent!

  10. Caffettiera says:

    By nature pack rat, forced by moving to be minimalist, and I am not looking back.

    Your fondue looks great as is, and actually since you have no fondue pot, you’ll have excuses to eat the whole thing quickly.

  11. Sandra says:

    So simple and neat! And the pictures – I could eat my monitor :-)!

  12. Magdalena says:

    Hello! My husband is a chocolate lover – he eats chocolate everyday. Two years ago he was offered chocolate fondue bowl, but so fas he has never used that. However, I would try your fondue with pleasure.

  13. Jojo says:

    This looks divine and perfect for today’s Superbowl celebration!

  14. Louise says:

    I’m somewhere in the middle:)

    Happy Chocolate Fondue Day, Joumana! I did a chocolate fondue post too:) Yours looks delectable.

    Thanks for sharing…

  15. Grapefruit says:

    Love fondues. Yours looks gorgeous. I would try this with a bit of chipotle – I am hooked on chipotle pepper in every form!

  16. peter says:

    200 PAIRS OF FLIP-FLOPS???? lol

    You have a way with minimalist recipes and making them ab-fab!

  17. Mary says:

    I’m definitely a minimalist who enjoys your fondue :-). It sounds wonderful. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  18. Julie says:

    Hummm c’est terrible ça ! J’adore tremper des fruits dedans, surtout des fraises !

  19. SYLVIA says:

    The aphrodisiac chocolate. This pepper kissed fondue is the perfect finale for a romantic evening. Studies show that dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain which improves attention span, and mood.
    Joumana, I too belong to minimalist category, when It comes to my collection of Christian Louboutin, I lean a little towards the pack rats.

  20. Azita says:

    minimalist but my husband is a real pack rat! this fondue looks absolutely delicious! lovely recipe!

  21. Ivy says:

    My children bought me a chocolate fondue fountain for a Christmas present a couple of years ago and took it back to exchange it with something more useful 🙂 I don’t think I would make a fondue more than once every year but I do tend to keep things that have sentimental value.

  22. Barbara says:

    I am a minimilist…my kids are furious with me. One of them said I dumped a fortune in baseball cards (and BTW, he adds, where are my tennis trophies?) another said I dumped all her old school sweaters (but she did take all my old evening gowns). I live in an apt now. Not enough space, although I saved all their 45’s , cassettes and LP’s. I also gave away my slow cooker. A mistake. A fondue pot, I have. How odd it that? My son’s favorite thing to eat used to be beef fondue.

  23. fimère says:

    un chocolat fondu des plus gourmands, j’adore
    bonne soirée

  24. Priya says:

    Omg, cant take my eyes from the click..seriously u r killing me..

  25. Claudia says:

    I could dive into that chocolate – love the spicy pepper to add depth. That dark mass beckons. And I keep the fondue pot around for just such chocolate or cheese emergencies. I tend to be a minimalist who lives with pack rats. Sigh.

  26. Susan says:

    I’m trying to go from Rat Pack to Minimalist but I have a long way to go 🙂

    This looks wonderful and what a great idea to add some heat to the chocolate with red pepper!

  27. Conor @ HoldtheBeef says:

    Hmmm, I guess I lean slightly more towards the hoarder state of living, although as I move house every couple of years this is a good opportunity to throw away a lot of things, and then I have no mercy!

    Looks delicious, though somehow I’ve never owned a fondue set. I a not sure how I’ve managed to get this far through life without receiving one (probably regifted).

  28. Jessica says:

    Love the photos! Look at all that chocolate!

  29. honeybeecooksjackfru says:

    I guess I am a little of both. I try hard not to buy/accumulate things, but the things I do get, I tend to hang on to. Part of it is that I don’t want it going to a landfill! I would rather give things away than throw them.

    Love the addition of aleppo to the fondue! What is better than melted chocolate?

  30. My Carolina Kitchen says:

    I admire people that can be minimalist, but I’m most definitely a pack rat. I inherited it from my mother’s side of the family.

    It’s interesting that fondue pots are making a comeback. When we got married 40 something years ago we received three as wedding presents. Of course they’ve all gone the ways of garage sales. Now I wish I had them back.

  31. Diane says:

    Guess I am a pack rat; I hate getting rid of things. I am glad you have reminded me that I have a fondue set, I must get it out and this recipe sounds fantastic. Diane

  32. Eve@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    pack rat, but I don’t have 200 of anything lol. Love a spicy touch to chocolate.

  33. Hélène (Cannes) says:

    C’est juste à mourir … ;o) ET tellement joli, avec les petites brochettes …

  34. Juliana says:

    I go through phases…now I am minimalist, but sometimes I tend to keep stuff for too long 🙂 Chocolate fondue…so yummie, perfect for the Valentine’s Day 🙂

  35. Faith says:

    I am absolutely a minimalist in every aspect except my kitchen tools…I can’t help my hoarding obession with utensils/gadgets/plates/etc. 🙂 Love the chocolate fondue, it would be an especially fantastic dessert for upcoming Valentine’s!

  36. Erica says:

    I am both 🙂 MY MOUTH IS WATERING!!!!

  37. Maria says:

    I love the pepper you’ve added. It’s been a long while since we made fondue here … this sweet/spicy version is really making me want some.

  38. Oui, Chef says:

    I tend to be a pack rat, but every spring go through a major purge of junk I no longer need. I have almost given away my fondue pot MANY times, thank goodness I still have it so that I can make this delicious recipe! – S

  39. Dana says:

    A mixture of both, I think. In certain areas of life, I can take having things that I use twice a year. Others, I get anxious to declutter often.

  40. Banana Wonder says:

    So exotic! Love the pepper and how you’re dipping kumquats. Yum!

  41. Murasaki Shikibu says:

    This looks decadently delicious. Everything I’ve tried from your blog has been really delicious so far. 🙂

  42. FOODESSA says:

    Stunning photos Joumana ;o)

    I’m certainly not one to ever refuse a great set up like your fondue dish and unique fruits.
    I’m actually due to make one soon also.

    Btw…I consider myself a semi-minimalist…however, Hubby doesn’t seem to agree.

    Flavourful wishes,

  43. Magic of Spice says:

    I am in between,but only because I forget about things that are stored somewhere 🙂 That opening shot is just luscious and purely evil to any chocolate lover….Love the aleppo pepper and fruit selection, just wonderful 🙂

  44. Lentil Breakdown says:

    I am a pack rat and trying to clear out my second bedroom, and I just can’t get the job done! I tell you it’s an affliction! Making this fondue sounds like a good excuse to avoid working on the room!

  45. Sharon@ Fun and Life says:

    Desserts are my favourite category :D. I can’t believe your friend owns 200 pairs of flipflops! I thought I was a pack rat but I’m not quite as bad! Fondue looks like pure indulgence! Love it with strawberries.

  46. domi says:

    Moi je suis complètement fondu de ce dessert, bisous

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