I can clearly remember my first fondue party. My mother was quite the hostess, especially around the holidays. My parents must have been entertaining someone, and she got out several fondue pots, and some sternos, and all those adorable little forks, and she set up an awesome smorgasbord of pots and stuff to dip in them. Meats, and cheeses, and breads – and I felt all grown up and sophisticated participating in something so FRENCH. (It is actually Swiss!)
Many years later, when we were grown up and our huge family Christmas Eve party was no more, a few of us had fondue on a Christmas Eve and we really liked it…something different on a night that needs to be celebrated. It was slow food at its very best.
Now, the Instant Pot makes sterno and fussy little pots a thing of the past. By heating the dips in the IP, and using the sauté function to both create and then keep them warm, you can have a sweet little fondue party with very little effort or stress.
One Pro Tip: use good chocolate and very good cheese. You get what you pay for with these kind of dips, and you will be glad for the extra good quality. You CAN taste the difference!