Growing up, my husband and his family fondued. It is one of his very few good memories. We decided we'd try it and if we liked it, we would fondue for Christmas Eve next year and for whoever wants it for special occasions, like birthdays or whatever.
My husband went and bought this pot this past weekend and we tried it last night. We had an array of different foods: Mozzarella and cheddar cheese chunks, onion rings, chicken, steak, mushrooms, pineapple, grapes, strawberries and bananas. We had a beer batter (made with water), a onion ring batter and a Italian bread crumb/egg coating. Oh, and of course a chocolate fondue. (for the fruit) We also had numerous dips, sweet and sour, mustard, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, and some spicy stuff only my husband had.
I have never done fondue. I had no idea what it would be like or even taste like. We filled the pot with Canola oil and waited for it to get hot and stood there for the next 2 1/2 hours or so to eat a little at a time, as it got done. We decided in order to feed this many people we'd need another fondue pot with oil and another one for the dessert. We had to wait for the oil to cool, clean everything up and then melt the chocolate. I kept thinking this is just like deep fat frying, isn't it? I could feel my arteries clogging up as I tasted. I just don't like greasy things. I do eat healthy. (I have really really good cholesterol) I love fruit and vegetables and fresh stuff. The chocolate was good, but pretty rich and after trying each piece of fruit in the chocolate, that was about all anyone could handle.
The kids did have a blast though. It was fun to see them try new foods and try to experiment. They can't wait to do it again. We would do less next time, one less batter, the onion ring batter was the best! I could see using this fondue pot for special desserts sometimes too. It was worth it to try it and fun to do something like this together as a family.