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Best Fondue Set - Gift Ideas
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!
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?
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
This rustic-looking cheese fondue will definitely add a Swiss ambiance to the party
This is a fuel burner type of fondue
A tea light fondue maker with very cheerful, colorful, yet still tasteful polka dots!
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!
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.
This is a very tasteful decorative set of fondue forks. I love the whimsical yet subtle floral shapes. They're pretty affordable too!
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!
This one's a pricey set but its seasonal toppers (Santa hat, cupcake, tree and lollipop) make it a great Christmas entertainment piece
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!
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.
- For Desserts:
Fruits (like strawberries, apples, bananas), marshmallows, wafers
- For Broth-based:
Cubes of meat (ham, beef, pork, lamb, chicken), bacon slices, potatoes, brocolli
- For Shabu Shabu:
Pork or Beef Sukiyaki (especially for Shabu Shabu!), Japanese mushrooms (like shimeji)
- For Cheese-based:
Veggies (like asparagus and brocolli), crusty bread (like sourdough or ciabatta),
- 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)
Salty and sour - perfect for adding a zing to your dishes!
This has a sweet, almost peanut butter-like taste to it
My Shabu Shabu Spread!
Your Dream Fondue!
There are HUNDREDS of fondue recipes out there. Which one truly knocks your socks off?
What's your Favorite Kind of Fondue?
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!
These are your classic ramekin sets that look very professional
For just a hint of decor, check out these curved bowls
A burst of color will add warmth to your table
Wine and cheese-printed servers to go with a cheese fondue. Perfect combination, no?
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.