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Chocolate Dip

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This fun and easy chocolate dip is perfect to dip a side of strawberries, homemade churros, and so much more.

A mix between chocolate fondue and chocolate ganache,  chocolate dip can be whipped up in minutes and provides an easy, creamy, and delicious dip to enjoy at parties and beyond.

dipping strawberrie in chocolate ganache.

Why you should make Chocolate for Dipping

QUICK: The prep time for this dessert dip is just so quick! This creamy chocolate fruit dip is the perfect appetizer at a party. As long as you have the ingredients, it’s a couple of minutes until serving. 

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Kids love this one! From licking excess chocolate from spoons to melting and dipping in large berries and vanilla wafers, my kids think it’s like going to The Melting Pot, but at home (and a LOT less expensive).

CHARCUTERIE BOARD IDEA: The biggest trend of last year included amazing charcuterie boards full of cheeses, fruits, and even candies! This dip displays and works great for all those goodies at your next event. Caramel apple cheesecake dip makes a great partner for displays.


  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips—Good-quality chocolate is the basis of all chocolate recipes, whether you are talking about fudge or dip. In this case, semi-sweet chocolate chips are the most common, but the chocolate chips can also vary from white to dark. 
  • Heavy whipping cream—Heavy cream is less liquid than milk and is typically found in the same place as coffee creamers in the grocery store. It also has a nice, rich flavor. 
  • Vanilla extract—To balance this sweet treat, add a bit of vanilla to the bowl.
  • Dipping items include pretzel crisps, pound or angel food cake, fresh strawberries, large marshmallows, and pineapple chunks.
chocolate chips in a pan.

How to make Easy Dipping Chocolate

  1. Add milk chocolate chips to a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, constantly stirring until melted.
  2. Pour in heavy whipping cream and vanilla, and constantly whisk until smooth and glossy. The mixture may get a little clumpy since the cream is cold and the chocolate is warm.
  3. Continue to whisk melted chocolate, and it will all incorporate and become smooth. 
  4. Serve immediately with desired dippers. 

Tips: As noted, high-quality chocolate is the key here. Personally, I go for the Ghirardelli first and the Tollhouse second. Also, remember that working with chocolate requires a bit of patience. Do not rush melting chocolate, or it seizes.

how to melt chocolate for dip.

What should I dip in chocolate dipping sauce?

Of course, the most common way to enjoy 3-ingredient chocolate fruit dip is with fruit.

  • Hands down, strawberries in chocolate are the most common, but dipping chocolate can be enjoyed with lots of delicious things—pineapples, chocolate-covered cherries, cookies, caramels, and even walnuts taste great with a chocolate shell!
  • Drizzle chocolate sauce over dippers like squares of pound cake, bits of brownies, Rice Krispie treats delicious berries, and cut-up bananas.
pile of fruit for chocolate dip.

Does the chocolate harden? 

It won’t harden at room temperature, but it’s similar to spreadable butter at room temperature. You can still scoop the chocolate out of the bowl, but note that it won’t be drippy like when you first make it.

How to reheat Dipping Chocolate.

You can reheat it slowly in the microwave (in a microwave-safe bowl) to restore it to its original softer chocolate mixture state—I’d start with 60 seconds on 50% power and then stir, stir, stir! Repeat as many times as necessary. 

Is this dip recipe like the hot chocolate dip? 

The hot chocolate dip recipe isn’t the same type of dip.

Hot chocolate dip is a viral recipe that mixes hot chocolate mix (hot chocolate powder), cool whip, and marshmallow creme. It’s meant to be served cold, like peanut butter apple dip or cherry cheesecake dip

This dipping chocolate recipe, however, is more of dipping fondue chocolate and uses simple ingredients and fresh fruit for a more chocolate drizzle experience. 

dipping pretzel into chocolate sauce.

5 from 3 votes

Chocolate Dip (Great for Fondue!)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
3 Ingredient Chocolate Dip perfect for fresh fruit, bits of cake, cookies or brownies – delicious on a charcuterie board as an appetizer dessert dip and thick enough for great chocolate fondue. Done in minutes!



  • Add semi-sweet chocolate chips to a saucepan.
  • Heat chocolate chips over medium heat, stirring constantly until chocolateeis fully melted.
  • Pour in heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract, whisking constantly until smooth and glossy. Chocoalte mixture may get a little clumpy since the cream is cold and the chocolate is warm.
  • Continue to whisk and it will all incorporate and become smooth in a few minutes. Serve chocolate dip immediately with desired dippers like strawberries or vanilla wafers. 


Does this chocolate dip harden? 
It won’t harden at room temp, but it’s similar to spreadable butter at room temp. Still can scoop the chocolate out of the bowl, but note it won’t be drippy like when you first make it.
How to reheat Easy Chocolate Dip 
You can reheat slowly in the microwave (in a microwave-safe bowl) to get it back to the original softer chocolate mixture state – I’d start with 60 seconds on 50% power and then stir stir stir! Repeat as many times as necessary. 


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 116mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1749IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. To make life easier, heat the cream and add it to the chips to melt. Less risk of burning the chocolate.

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