Caramel Fondue Recipe

caramel fondue

This caramel fondue recipe is a rich, gooey caramel sauce for dipping all of your favorite treats!

It’s perfect for the holidays or as a fall dessert. 

It’s a fun activity for the family or an intimate dessert for two.

Heck, eat it by the spoonful! 

I’m not here to judge.

It’s easy to make and the smooth, rich, velvety caramel pairs with so many wonderful foods.

Serve with Ladyfingers, chocolate cupcake pieces, pound cake, fresh fruit, apple wedges, nectarine wedges, marshmallows, or whatever your imagination leads you to!

I’m here for the combination of cold creamy cheesecake and this warm homemade caramel fondue packed into one bite!

Fondue is a fun dessert.

It’s good stuff.

Don’t get stuck thinking fondue is only cheesy recipes!

It can also be a rich fondue served with a dessert plate.

In this instance, caramel that is a beautiful medium amber color.

Don’t save it only for special occasions.

It’s perfect for serving on New Year’s Eve when the ball drop awaits, but also for every night dessert.

Small kids will love the finger food and dipping!

Before you start your own tradition of fondue night, you may want to learn about the history of fondue on gourmetsleuth.com and use it as conversation as the family gathers to dip into the communal pot for this rich, delicious caramel fondue.

If you want more of a savory fondue try a Emmentaler-Gruyere Fondue with Roasted Garlic Recipe.

You’ll find more caramel recipes on our Pinterest Dessert Board.

What to Serve with this Caramel Fondue:

Apples

Marshmallows

Strawberries

Pretzels

Crackers

Ice cream

Ladyfingers

Pound Cake

chocolate cupcake pieces

cake pieces

Fresh Fruit

apple wedges

nectarine wedges

Tip: if you have leftovers: 

Reheat in the microwave to enjoy again with dippers, or pour over ice cream or bread pudding.

Make caramel brownies or serve as a caramel apple dip.

It makes a delicious banana split sauce or sundae syrup.

Drizzle over coffee, like this caramel mocha, or over a dessert such as grilled pound cake or sweet potato custard pie.

Dip remaining fruit slices in caramel fondue, then refrigerate on a cookie sheet.

caramel fondue

Caramel Fondue Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp rum

1 cup milk, warmed

2 egg yolks, beaten

1/4 cup boiling water

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

How to Make Caramel Fondue:

In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, melt sugar for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally at first, then constantly, until sugar is completely liquefied and browned. Use a wet pastry brush to remove any sugar crystals that form at the edge of sugar water during cooking. 

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and rum until a slurry forms.

In the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water, combine the milk, egg yolks, and cornstarch-rum mixture.

Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes or until a smooth sauce forms.

When the sugar has caramelized, remove the skillet from heat.

Carefully stir in boiling water. (Mixture will bubble and spatter.)

Immediately pour caramel into a warm milk mixture on top of a double boiler.

Caramel will solidify again, but keep stirring over low heat for about 20 minutes until melted.

Remove double boiler from the heat add in vanilla.

Transfer immediately to dessert fondue pot over a flame.

Spear a piece of fruit, cake, or whatever food you’ve chosen, with a fondue fork, or tines of a fork and dip in fondue.

Presentation Tip:

Before serving drizzle up to two cups of heavy whipping cream on top of the caramel sauce and lightly swirl with a fork or skewer to create a beautiful design.

You can also sprinkle with a pinch of flake sea salt for that true salted caramel best experience.

caramel fondue

Easy Caramel Fondue

Yield: 1 communal pot
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Caramel Fondue-Perfect for fall, this caramel fondue recipe is sure to please. Serve with Ladyfingers, chocolate cupcake pieces, apple wedges, nectarine wedges, marshmallows, or whatever your imagination leads you to!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp rum
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, melt sugar for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally at first, then constantly, until sugar is completely liquefied and browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and rum.
  3. n the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water, combine the milk, egg yolks and cornstarch-rum mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth.
  4. When the sugar has caramelized, remove the skillet from heat. Carefully stir in boiling water. (Mixture will bubble and spatter.) Immediately pour caramel into warm milk mixture in top of double boiler. Caramel will solidify again, but keep stirring over low heat for about 20 minutes until melted.
  5. Remove double boiler from the heat in vanilla.
  6. Transfer immediately to dessert fondue pot over a flame.
  7. Spear a piece of fruit, cake, or whatever food you’ve chosen, with a fondue fork and dip in fondue.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 33Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g

Nutritional Information may not be accurate.

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