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Date Night Cheese Fondue

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If you’re looking for an elegant dinner experience from the comfort of your home, look no further than Date Night Cheese Fondue. Making fondue is an unforgettable dining experience that should be shared with loved ones and just feels elaborate. Serve it up for your next special occasion, holiday, or when you’re looking to jazz up your routine.

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Cheese fondue

Foray Into Fondue

Making fondue can be an unforgettable experience. 

If you’re fortunate enough to experience it in a restaurant, do it!! I would definitely recommend experiencing it firsthand for a date night out once it’s safe. That way you can get comfortable with the process and have the guidance of the staff.

If not, then don’t be alarmed! Making a classic cheese fondue at home is extremely simple and you can learn as you go 🙂 

Have you ever made a cheese sauce at home? Just imagine it as a much thicker sauce without the cream.

Cheese fondue

What to dip in cheese fondue?

Dipping food into warm, melted cheese is only half the fun. Being creative and deciding what food you want to prep as dippers is what I enjoy most!

  • Bread – Easily the most common option and very foolproof! Use any bread you have available and tear into bite size pieces. Fresh bread with a thick crust works best and can soak in the cheese longer, so just be mindful of sogginess when using lesser quality bread. Bread absorbs the cheese so fast and won’t leave you waiting around for it to cook!

  • FruitApples, blueberries, and grapes pair great with savory cheeses. Think of fruit you may place on a charcuterie board and start there. Softer fruits like bananas or oranges are more tricky to keep on the fork and don’t taste the best with rich cheese. If using a chocolate fondue, strawberries and pineapples are the way to go!

  • Vegetables – Broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes, squash, asparagus, potatoes, the list goes on and on! Basically, if you can pierce a veggie with a fork, it can be soaked in cheese. Just like with fruit, when selecting vegetables think about which ones would pair well with cheese and make your mouth water most.

  • Meat – In my experience, raw meat is cooked in a brothy fondue rather than a cheese fondue to ensure it is cooked thoroughly. However, precooked or cured meats are perfect for cheese fondue! Prosciutto, cooked shrimp, pepperoni, cooked sausage, and bacon are favorites when drizzled with cheese. The fun part here is trying to keep them on the forks! 
Cheese fondue

How to: make date night Cheese fondue

It takes just a couple ingredients and few quick steps to have ooey-gooey cheese fondue to enjoy.

Begin by cutting a garlic clove in half and rubbing it around the inside of the pot. Next, pour in the wine and lemon juice and bring to a simmer.

Cheese fondue step by step

Toss the cheese in cornstarch and set aside. Once the wine and lemon juice is simmering, add in the cheese a handful at a time. Stirring constantly, the cheese will begin to slowly melt in.

Cheese fondue step by step

After all the cheese has melted in, mix in nutmeg and pepper and serve hot. Enjoy with your favorite dipping food!

Ingredients Needed

Cheese fondue

Materials Needed

***Okay let’s be real, a fondue pot and all its accessories are not exactly commonplace in the American kitchen. Luckily, this can still be done with a pot on the stove.  believe my fondue pot came from a thrift store or yard sale, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re looking for one!

Cheese fondue

Date Night Cheese Fondue

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  • 1 lb gourmet cheese (gruyere, gouda, white cheddar)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Shred the cheese into a large bowl. Add the cornstarch and toss. Set aside.
  • Cut the garlic clove in half and rub it along the entire inside of the fondue pot. Over medium heat, add the white wine and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer.
  • Gradually add in the shredded cheese, stirring constantly. The cheese should melt until smooth. Mix in the pepper and nutmeg. Serve with an assortment of dippers with fondue forks or skewers!
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Now that we’ve conquered cheese fondue, who’s ready for some chocolate?? Top off the evening with fruit pieces and cake bites dipped in dreamy milk chocolate. YUM!

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93 thoughts on “Date Night Cheese Fondue”

  1. It’s been forever since I have had fondue and I have never made it myself. Now you have me craving it and it doesn’t look all that hard to make. I will have to give this a try soon.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never actually had a cheese fondue! I’d love to try one. Although I’m not sure about putting fruit with it. Although I suppose I have pineapple on pizza so there’s not much difference!

    1. I was kinda turned off to the idea at first too even though I snack on pieces of cheese and fruit together normally! lol it surprised me how well they went together!

  3. Cheese Fondue looks delicious, fun, and romantic. I will like to try this. You have described the do”s and don’t pretty well. Thanks for sharing this wonderful appetizer. Happy new year, Kalin:)

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing the recipe of Fondue.
    I am a cheese lover and this recipe has already made me crave for it.
    No more time wasting…
    Will immediately try it…

  5. 5 stars
    perfect to have on movie nights! I like to have it with friends they’ll be surprise how this looks fancy and delicious at the same time. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Carrie Pankratz

    I love this idea. For Valentine’s Day, we have a family tradition of chocolate fondue. I hadn’t thought of doing cheese. This looks like a delicious and fun dinner activity. Thanks.

  7. 5 stars
    I am excited about this recipe. I would love to make fondue for my family so we can have a great family time together! Thanks a lot for the detailed recipe!

  8. Love to do this. I remember “ back in the day when my mom would have Fondue Parties”
    Looking forward to trying out this recipe, Thanks for sharing!

  9. 5 stars
    Yummy!!!!!!! I love cheese fondue! I like the idea of dipping fruits and berries in cheese fondue. Thank you for sharing your ideas on how to enjoy this elegant meal and also the recipe.

  10. 4 stars
    I’m not a great fan of cheese, but I always remember as a kid we’d have the odd fondue and I enjoyed it. I’d have never of thought using fruit though? Interesting. My wife loves cheese so she’s enjoy this. Funnily enough.. when people can’t pronounce my surname correctly I get called Mr Foundue.

  11. Oh wow! After reading your post, I realized it has been years since I’ve gone out for fondue! It was what my girlfriends and I would do for monthly meetups! I love the idea of doing it at home. Thanks for sharing! Will be trying out your cheese sauce recipe in the near future 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    Hi, Kalin! I’m a big fan of cheese and also making simple small dishes like these! I’d love to try these some other time, I’m excited to to try it with bacon, bec I love bacon too. 😂🙈 Thanks for sharing this! Pinned to my pinterest board! xx

  13. Fondues are great fun! I think we have a pot sitting around somewhere but we’ve not used in in years! Thanks for reminding me to get it out and use it ☺️

  14. 5 stars
    Love this! The addition of nutmeg is awesome! We did fondue for Valentine’s Day our first year of marriage because our wedding cake was actually rounds of cheese decorated to look like a cake so we had an abundance in our freezer. That was 5 years ago so maybe it’s time to do it this year again!

  15. I had a Swiss friend at university who made us cheese fondue regularly and I haven’t had it since! I’ve always wanted to make it myself so I’ve saved your brilliant recipe as I’m definitely making it very soon! So glad I read this post!

    1. Ahh that sounds like a dream! I was supposed to travel to Switzerland before COVID and was so sad when I had to cancel and miss out on all that fondue!

  16. Ok this is silly but it never occurred to me that I could make cheese fondue from scratch!!! Thanks for sharing, I’m definitely going to try that! <3

  17. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious. I’ve never tried a cheese fondue before but as a massive cheese lover, I know its something I would enjoy. You’ve included some great ideas of what to dip in too.

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