The fondue pot was a quick hit in the 70s, but there is a resurgence of this kitchen device today. There are many methods to enjoy fondue but the most preferred one will always be the traditional way. Having a fondue party is a great means to bond with friends, family and get to know new people in your life as well.
Today’s fondue pots are the subject of this post today. Know more about this classic plus the latest in fondue pot models.
- Where did fondue originate?
Answer: Fondue was first created in Switzerland. It is a communal dish which was heated on top of a tiny burner. A partially-melted chocolate or cheese sauce, which is called the fondue, serves as a dip for chunks of food. People take turns dipping their choice food into the pot.
- What are the different kinds of fondue?
Answer: The most common kind of fondue is the cheese fondue. Chocolate is also another popular option but it is treated more as a dessert. Food that goes well with cheese fondue include crusty bread, vegetables like bell peppers, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, roasted potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, tart fruits like apples and pears, meatballs, bits of steak, ham, cured meats tempura and shrimp. Chocolate fondue is best paired with fruits like strawberries, pineapples, cherries, bananas, pears, dried fruits, graham crackers, shortbread cookies, angel food cake, pretzels, wafers and marshmallows.
- What should I look for in a fondue pot?
Answer: If you plan on making fondue for a small group of people, you can choose a smaller pot. Cheese fondue needs to be heated constantly so pots made for this dish typically feature a wide and flat bottom and made from ceramic. Thick pots are great for both chocolate and cheese fondue. If you are going to make a fondue with meat, choose one that can endure high heat; ones that are made from iron and stainless steel are recommended.
Our Top Picks
Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker
- Stainless-steel bowl
- Non-stick interior
- Removable temperature control
The Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker is great for both cheese and chocolate fondue. It includes the essentials like the base, temperature probe, bowl, 8 fondue forks and a fork rack for it. To prevent food from sticking on the bowl, it has non-stick coating. The unit heats up well and changing the temperature setting can be done by rotating the dial. The whole setup looks easy on the eyes as well due to its variety of finishes which suits every component of the set.
Nostalgia FPS200 Electric Fondue Pot
You can have variety in fondue sauces using the Nostalgia FPS200 Electric Fondue Pot. Create cheese, chocolate fondues or even sauces from barbecue, ranch and buffalo sauce and the dipping broth of your choice. This is a nice choice if you want a fondue pot that can accommodate several people—it can make 3 lbs. of fondue or sauce. Another advantage of this pot is its convenient temperature control. The Cool-Touch handles on the sides also make handling the pot safer for users.
VonShef Swiss Fondue Set
- Durable cast iron construction
- Includes flame burner
- Has 6 color-coded, long-stemmed forks
- Has splash guard
The VonShef Swiss Fondue Set is one long-lasting fondue pot which can withstand many uses. Cast iron is known for its excellent heat retention so works well for cheese and meat-based fondue recipes. The set is gorgeous—it features a red exterior coupled with cream interiors plus a single handle on its side. The appearance of this pot was inspired by classic Swiss fondue pots. Not messy to use since it has a splash guard which captures drips and its enameled coating prevents cooking odors and food from sticking on the inside.
Oster Titanium Infused DuraCeramic Fondue Pot
The Oster Titanium Infused DuraCeramic Fondue Pot has a reliable, long-lasting built that withstands heat perfectly for faster cooking. Its construction is also free from harmful elements like PTFE and PFOA. The set comes with 8 forks plus a fork holder ring, nice for an intimate party with friends. Due to its non-stick properties, food and odors will not cling on its interiors. Safety features for this model include a magnetic breakaway cable and adjustable temperature control.
Trudeau Alto 3-in-1 Electric Fondue Set
The Trudeau Alto 3-in-1 Electric Fondue Set is tough enough to handle cooking meats, but it’s designed in a way that it will not burn your chocolate or cheese fondue too. The pot accommodates 84 oz. to make your meat dish but it also features a double boiler made of ceramic for chocolate and cheese fondues. The double boiler method guarantees that excess heat will not reach the pot and make for balanced heating. Since it is designed to accommodate meats, it features an electric base with a thermostat for controlling 1500 watts.
Swissmar Lugano 9 Piece Cheese Fondue Set (Cherry Red)
- Cast iron pot with enamel
- Includes paste burner
- Has 6 fondue forks
The classic look of the Swissmar Lugano 9 Piece Cheese Fondue Set will turn foodies who have never tried the dish instant fans. It is crafted from durable cast iron material with an enameled finish. The design of the unit is also reminiscent of original fondue pots from its country of origin. The strong pot is capable of retaining heat effectively and it can be used directly on the stove. The pot includes 6 fondue forks with unique features—it comes with 3 tines instead of two so your food will stay secure on the fork at all times during dips on the pot.
Have an cozy gathering with friends over a fondue pot. As soon as you buy one, be adventurous when it comes to different fondue types and dipping foods.