Staying In: A Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Fondue Recipe

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With Valentine's Day coming up, it's the perfect occasion to indulge in our favorite food group – chocolate. For an easy but special dish you can make at home, we asked Katzie Guy-Hamilton, founder of Cassata Bakery and author of cookbook "Clean Enough" to share her delicious, but-not-too-gluttonous chocolate fondue recipe. The secret? Swoon simple syrup, which adds a satisfying dose of sweetness with no sugar (the natural sweetness comes from monk fruit). You can also swap out half and half for a non-dairy option, and unsweetened baking chips instead of regular dark chocolate.

Katzie led a cooking demo of this fondue for Related residents; check out the video recording of the event, below.




∙ 1 ½ cups (285 g) of dark chocolate chips or chunks. If going for a no-sugar-added option, Lily's Dark Chocolate Unsweetened Baking Chips works nicely.

∙ ¼ cup (2 ounces) Swoon Simple Syrup

∙ ¾ cup (6 ounces) half and half. Unsweetened, non-dairy will work (Forager’s and Nutpods are two favorite brands)

∙ Pinch, Sea Salt (Maldon or your preference)




1) In a small saucepan, warm simple syrup with half and half until hot.

2)  Pour the mixture over chocolate chips in a small glass bowl.

3) Allow to sit for one minute to melt the chocolate*. Whisk well until smooth.

*if the chocolate has not melted after one minute, place bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds and then whisk. Do not overheat or the chocolate will burn!

To Assemble


1) Place the warm chocolate fondue in your favorite bowl or place the glass bowl of fondue on top of a small sauce pan of boiling water to keep hot. Sprinkle sea salt on top.

2) Use chopsticks from takeout or skewers for dipping.

3) Arrange dippable snacks around the fondue and enjoy!

Great Dip Ideas


∙ Emmy’s Coconut Macaroons
∙ Warm Madeleines
∙ Belgian Waffles
∙ Mini Rice Cakes
∙ Gluten Free Pretzels
∙ Mango Chunks
∙ Fresh Strawberries
∙ Apple Slices
∙ Kiwi Slices
∙ Fresh Bananas
∙ Pound Cake
∙ Mini Brownies
∙ Fresh Pears
∙ Marshmallows
∙ Bacon
∙ Fresh Berries

Watch Katzie make the chocolate fondue, below.

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