Make Your Own Inexpensive Easy Cheesy Fondue [Video]

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This easy cheese fondue is becoming one of our favorite suppers. It comes together really quickly if you start your wine base on the stove top until it’s boiling and then move it to the fondue pot flame. My kids love it, and they’re even eating vegetables!

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This works great for us when everyone gets in late from a track meet or other sporting event. Most of the items to be dipped can be prepared in advance and left in the refrigerator. The sausages cook quickly on the grill, and the cheese melts in no time at all.

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I’ve been cheating the last few times we’ve eaten this by buying the bagged vegetables from the grocery. I buy the pack that has cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. It saves so much time and effort on clean up over cutting them ourselves. I know it’s probably not as healthy because they probably spray the veggies with something toxic. Just don’t tell me! I don’t want to know. Sometimes real life gets in the way, and I have to buy the precut vegetables.

I love The Melting Pot, but it’s so expensive. We only get a chance to go there if they offer a good Groupon. If you haven’t already signed up for Groupon, you need to do it now! You’re missing great dining and attraction deals.

Making this easy cheese fondue recipe at home is a nice alternative to spending a small fortune on a night out at The Melting Pot. A night out is a great way to splurge every once in a while as a special treat though. You can check out our review of The Melting Pot.


Easy Cheese Fondue Recipe

The cheese fondue recipe we used came from The Coupon Project’s post How to Host a Frugal Fondue Party.


  • 1 1/4 cup white cooking wine
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 2 cups shredded swiss
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • a dash of garlic powder (We prefer a lot more than a dash!)

For dipping, we like bakery loaf bread, sausages, vegetables, Granny Smith apples, and mushrooms. And by the way, cooking wine can be found near the vinegar, in case you have no idea where to find it. I had to ask.

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Fondue Instructions

We have several of the fuel cans left from the disposable serving sets we used for the wedding and graduation party last year (Yes, both in the same few months because My Daughter Was Married in High School), so we used those leftover cans to keep our fondue pot warm instead of the burner that came with it. You could probably use a regular saucepan on the stove, but it would be difficult to keep the cheese warm while you’re eating without something like a fondue pot.

Our fondue pot is pretty old. This is the most similar one to our fondue pot that I could find online. Also, check at yard sales and thrift stores. Fondue pots show up a lot when people start decluttering.

Watch our video to see how easily this recipe comes together!


We’re hoping to try some other cheese combinations soon! What’s your favorite type of cheese fondue?


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30 thoughts on “Make Your Own Inexpensive Easy Cheesy Fondue [Video]”

  1. I love fondue. We went to the Melting Point by our house many years ago and it’s crazy how much they charge you for cheese fondue, bread, and some meats. love the idea of doing at home for so much cheaper.

    1. I can’t even imagine how much we’ve saved by making this ourselves. We’ve been having cheese fondue nearly every week, and we could never afford to go to the Melting Pot weekly.

  2. My kids are cheese crazy. They’re going to love fondue night. Knowing how easy and inexpensive it is to make, I’m going to love it even more.

    1. It acts as a thickener. Some people use cornstarch instead. I forgot to coat the cheese with the flour and tried adding it later, and my fondue that time was grainier, so definitely coat the cheese with it.

  3. I love making our own fondue!! We usually do a swiss recipe, but this cheddar one sounds really good also! The Melting Pot is definitely my favorite restaurant!

  4. This is interesting. I’ve never used a fondue pot but I do love cheese! I’ll keep an eye on the garage sales this summer and see what I can find.

    1. Check thrift shops too because fondue pots are just one of those things a lot of people don’t end up using. We’ve been using ours about once a week lately.

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