The Easiest Boozy Chocolate Hazelnut Fondue. All you need for this recipe is 5 ingredients and a microwave. It doesn’t get easier than that for date night!
Alright friends, I’ll be honest with you: I’m low on time today so I’m going to be quick. Not because it’s Valentine’s Day and I’ve got something fancy up my sleeves, but because this recipe was a very last second decision to whip up and share with you and I’m scrambling to get it out there before the day’s over. Luckily, this recipe for The Easiest Boozy Chocolate Hazelnut Fondue really is the easiest (as in make-it-in-5-minutes-using-the-microwave-and-just-a-few-ingredients easy), so neither of us need to stress.
HOW TO MAKE THE EASIEST BOOZY CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT FONDUE
Here’s how it works. First, take semisweet chocolate chips and place them in a large, microwave safe container. I like to use a big measuring cup because it has a spout, which makes it easier to pour into your serving bowl or fondue pot at the end. However, you can prepare it right in the bowl you’re serving the chocolate fondue out of, if you prefer, as long as it’s microwave safe and leaves you space to stir.
Then, pour over the heavy cream and add the butter. These will make your melted chocolate thinner, richer, and smoother, and will prevent it from completely solidifying as it cools.
Next microwave it all for 2 minutes, which should be just enough time to begin the melting process without scorching the ingredients. It might seem weird to melt chocolate in the microwave, but the heavy cream will prevent the chocolate from burning and going grainy, and you won’t have to fuss with a double boiler.
Once the mixture has been microwaved, whisk until everything is smooth and well-combined. It will take a minute or two. If your chocolate doesn’t fully melt as you whisk, add it back to the microwave in 15 second intervals until it does, being careful not to overcook.
Now we get to the boozy part of this Boozy Chocolate Hazelnut Fondue! Mix in hazelnut liqueur (such as Frangelico) to taste. This will make the fondue taste sort of like a thin, spiked version of nutella.
Pour the mixture into your serving vessel (either a large bowl or a fondue pot to keep warm) and sprinkle over some chopped toasted hazelnuts, if you’d like. It’s totally optional but I like the added flavor they bring, as well as the crunch and garnish.
And all that’s left to do is serve the chocolate fondue warm with strawberries, biscotti, pound cake, pretzels, and bananas, for dipping!
CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE LIQUEUR?
If you don’t have hazelnut liqueur or would prefer to use a different type of alcohol, feel free to get creative. Coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur, almond liqueur, or raspberry liqueur would all be delicious options.
If you’d like to skip the booze all together, no problem! Leave it out and instead use a couple of teaspoons of vanilla extract, almond extract, or hazelnut extract for added flavor.
There’s plenty of room to experiment here, so don’t be afraid to try.
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped, toasted hazelnuts.
- Pound cake, strawberries, biscotti, pretzels, and/or bananas, for dipping
- In a large measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chip, heavy cream, and butter. Microwave for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the microwave and whisk until completely smooth. Add in hazelnut liqueur, to taste, and continue stirring until well-combined.
- Pour into a bowl or fondue pot. Top with toasted hazelnuts. Serve warm with pound cake, stawberries, biscotti, pretzels, and/or bananas. Can be refrigerated for up to a week and reheated in the microwave.