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Best Fondue Set - Gift Ideas

Updated on December 17, 2012

Give the Gift of Fondue to your Favorite Host / Hostess!

Thinking of a gift for that host or hostess who's always super nice? Give a fondue set, the ultimate party companion! They'd surely find it useful for the next party they host, and as a bonus, they'll definitely invite you to their next fondue party, where you can enjoy some delicious dips and good interactive fun - the fruits of your labor, so to speak.

Aside from the fondue maker, I also give suggestions for a complete fondue kit, which includes recipe books, unique skewers / forks, and dips. If your friend loves Japanese food, I also give shabu shabu gift ideas.

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The Perfect Fondue Kit - From Maker to Dips - Everything you need for a Fondue Party!

A Soup-Based Savory Fondue
A Soup-Based Savory Fondue

What makes the perfect fondue kit?

1. You start off with the fondue maker of course, where all the magic, bubbling, and brewing happens! You can get an electric maker, a non-electric fuel burner, or a non-electric tea light fondue maker.

2. You gotta have forks! Don't want to burn the guests' hands when they start dipping and cooking their food

3. Speaking of food... what good is a fondue without the dippers you'll skewer and cook? Make sure they are laid out in an orderly manner

4. Decorative serving dishes can hold your food to add more flair to the whole presentation

5. Dips! The fondue mixture is a dip in itself, but you can also offer several other extra dips, especially when you plan on cooking a shabu shabu (which is a Japanese soup-based fondue)

6. Guests who come and enjoy cooking, dipping, and eating! Satisfied guests make a host/hostess very, very happy

The Best Fondue Makers - From Colorful, Fun Pieces to Simple, Elegant Ones

The host / hostess will want a fondue maker that's functional, easy to use, and appealing to the eye! The maker will be the very focus of all the guests who will be dipping treats throughout the whole party, so it has to be good! Check out some great fondue makers below.

Some things to consider: electric, tea light, or gas burner? Modern or rustic?

Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker
Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker

An electric maker is very practical and can be used to better cook raw meat. This fondue maker comes in a very sleek, modern look and is pretty affordable

 
Swissmar Lugano Cheese Fondue, 9-Piece, Black
Swissmar Lugano Cheese Fondue, 9-Piece, Black

This rustic-looking cheese fondue will definitely add a Swiss ambiance to the party

 
Bella Tavola BT4601 Fondue/Chafing Burner
Bella Tavola BT4601 Fondue/Chafing Burner

This is a fuel burner type of fondue

 
Mastrad Chocolate Fondue Set, Spots
Mastrad Chocolate Fondue Set, Spots

A tea light fondue maker with very cheerful, colorful, yet still tasteful polka dots!

 
Mastrad Chocolate Fondue Set, Blue
Mastrad Chocolate Fondue Set, Blue

This shade is very cool to the eye

 

Chocolate Fondue Makers

If your friend is a sweet tooth, then you might want to give him/her a specialty maker for chocolate fondue! You can buy a chocolate fountain - consider a fountain constantly flowing with delicious chocolate... drool! Or, you can buy this cute dessert maker in the shape of a Hersheys Kiss - a recognizable staple in ever chocolate lover's diet!

Sephra Premium Milk Chocolate (4 lb box)
Sephra Premium Milk Chocolate (4 lb box)

A chocolate fondue relies on delicious chocolate for melting!

 

Unique Fondue Forks - Fashionable Forks and Cute Skewers

A great host / hostess always loves to entertain their guests' sense of sight. Aside from a spic and span home and a lovely table centerpiece, fondue forks can also serve as functional decoration pieces. Consider these colorful, fun, and budget-friendly suggestions to help make the host's future parties stand out even more.

Trudeau Flower Chocolate Fondue Forks, Set of 4
Trudeau Flower Chocolate Fondue Forks, Set of 4

This is a very tasteful decorative set of fondue forks. I love the whimsical yet subtle floral shapes. They're pretty affordable too!

 
Fondue Forks, Set of 4 Service Ware
Fondue Forks, Set of 4 Service Ware

This one is another great piece with just a hint of fun at the bottom of the forks. Both men and women would like this for sure!

 

The Fondue Bible - 200 Fondue Recipes!

You can consider giving some food along with the fondue kit gift set, but before heading to the grocery, consider what kind of recipe you'd like them to make on their first fondue adventure. The recipe book below will guide you on your hunt, and afterwards, package this along with the fondue set so that your recipient has all he/she needs!

The Fondue Bible: The 200 Best Recipes
The Fondue Bible: The 200 Best Recipes

This recipe book has 200 recipes! 200! Oil-based, cheese-based, sweet dessert fondues, soup-based recipes, recipes with a hint of beer... the book has got it all. Just think of all the fondue party possibilities!

 

Your Dipper Food Shopping Guide

There is a WHOLE LOT of food you can buy for fondue, but here's a simple guide to steer you in the right direction.

  1. For Desserts:

    Fruits (like strawberries, apples, bananas), marshmallows, wafers

  2. For Broth-based:

    Cubes of meat (ham, beef, pork, lamb, chicken), bacon slices, potatoes, brocolli

  3. For Shabu Shabu:

    Pork or Beef Sukiyaki (especially for Shabu Shabu!), Japanese mushrooms (like shimeji)

  4. For Cheese-based:

    Veggies (like asparagus and brocolli), crusty bread (like sourdough or ciabatta),

  5. For Oil-based:

    Seafood (prawns, fish fillet), Meat balls

Shabu Shabu - Japanese Fondue Dips and Cookware

Let's talk Shabu Shabu! It's a broth based kind of fondue, but instead of using forks you use spoons and chopsticks. The broth is usually just water boiled with konbu (this is a dried seaweed). Ingredients you put in include pork and beef sukiyaki, bokchoy, glass noodles, mushrooms, and fish fillet.

The dip is as big a highlight as the broth and the ingredients! Dips include sesame sauce and ponzu (lemon / soy sauce)

Mizkan Dipping Sauce for Shabu-shabu Soy Sauce Flavor - Pon Shabu
Mizkan Dipping Sauce for Shabu-shabu Soy Sauce Flavor - Pon Shabu

Salty and sour - perfect for adding a zing to your dishes!

 
Mizkan Dipping Sauce For Shabu-Shabu Sesame Flavor - Goma Shabu
Mizkan Dipping Sauce For Shabu-Shabu Sesame Flavor - Goma Shabu

This has a sweet, almost peanut butter-like taste to it

 

My Shabu Shabu Spread!

My Shabu Shabu Spread!
My Shabu Shabu Spread!

Your Dream Fondue!

Strawberry dipped in Chocolate Fondue
Strawberry dipped in Chocolate Fondue

There are HUNDREDS of fondue recipes out there. Which one truly knocks your socks off?

What's your Favorite Kind of Fondue?

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Decorative Serving Dishes

Depending on the recipient's style and taste, you can give the simple, basic white serving dishes - classic and elegant; or, you can give colorful dishes or even those with prints. You know your recipient best!

Norpro 4oz/120ml Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 6
Norpro 4oz/120ml Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 6

These are your classic ramekin sets that look very professional

 
Clay Art Wine and Cheese Condiment Server
Clay Art Wine and Cheese Condiment Server

Wine and cheese-printed servers to go with a cheese fondue. Perfect combination, no?

 
Manual 4-Piece Flora and Fauna Ceramic Divided Tray Set
Manual 4-Piece Flora and Fauna Ceramic Divided Tray Set

A festive flora and fauna design, perfect especially for harvest seasons

 

What kind of Fondue Maker Suits you Best?

There are three kinds of fondue makers - electric, gas burner powered, and tea light. They all have their pros and cons. Electric would be quick to use (just a plug and you're good to go!) although there is the limitation of making sure it is always near a power outlet. Also, the designs are limited. Gas burner can be situated anywhere but you will have to refill the gas from time to time. Tea lights are super light and handy, but will not be advisable to use for cooking meats, etc.

With those in mind (and maybe you have some other points), which fondue maker would you like to receive?

Electric or Non-electric?

The Ultimate Complete Fondue Package - If you're in a Hurry

If you're in a hurry and you want to buy a complete package, consider this piece, which contains the maker, forks, and dishes! The Lazy Susan feature is great for making sure all the guests can access all the dippers.

Comments? Suggestions? Care to share your Fondue Party Experience?

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      alvinyeoh lm 4 years ago

      Never had the chance to try fondue when I was in Switzerland. These Fondue Makers would make up for that.

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      kcsantos 4 years ago

      Thank you for this. Perfect for any occasion!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I don't make my own fondue--I go to the Melting Pot and pay them to make my fondue :) But I love this stuff!

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      KarenCookieJar 4 years ago

      I've made fondue several times in the pot I received as a gift!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses. Thanks for the great gift ideas.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Such a cool idea to give a fondue set as a gift!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now I'm starving for fondue! Thx!

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      Benjamynn 5 years ago

      Great gift idea

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      Edwardjames81 5 years ago

      I love a meat fondue with fillet steak and loads of spicy dips. Nice lens.

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      Eleni Bat 5 years ago from Greece

      I love fondue and now I am hungry!

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      yayas 5 years ago

      I think that a simple cheese fondue with chips would actually be my favorite. I have not had the opportunity to eat fondue very often and would truly enjoy owning a nice fondue set.

      Outstanding job! Congratulations on being on the Front Page!

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      awesome lens. i can never resist fondue *blessed*

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      Bob 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Fondues are so under used... they are simple and a lot of fun! Great lens!

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      chocolate fondue is the best!! :D sugar rush!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Made me hungry ;) Blessed!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Love fondue!!!! I need to totally make fondue ... I would use Xocai dark... because that is the only dark that actually tastes good :)

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      costumesngifts 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: I highly recommend it. Great fun... and delicious too!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Reminds me of the 70's; my mom had a Fondue Pot, I found it recently (still haven't figured out how to use it yet). Cool Lens!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      You know, I've never fondue'd... I should rectify that!

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      costumesngifts 5 years ago

      @ladyyummy: oooh yes that's a great idea! Thanks for that suggestion :)

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      ladyyummy 5 years ago

      Cut rice krispies and dip them in chocolate. :) yum

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      sybil watson 5 years ago

      I love fondue! This lens brought back a lot of fond memories of sukiyaki and even the Mongolian Hot Pot my mom used to make. Delicious!

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      Tom 5 years ago

      Nice lens, I love fondue!

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Fondue is yummy and great fun at parties - can make things a little different from just a regular dinner party- nice lens!