Classic fondues may be ooey, gooey, and oh-so-tasty, but calorie-wise, they're kind of scary. Traditional recipes for fondue savoyarde (cheese fondue) recommend preparing the dish with one-third to one-half pound of cheese per person (that's about 800 calories and more than 40 grams of saturated fat without the addition of bread and other dippers). Dessert fondues made with chocolate and heavy cream aren't much better.
It doesn't have to be that way. By lightening up serving sizes (a half-pound is a lot of cheese), cleverly replacing full-fat dairy products, and offering an assortment of dippers that include fruits and veggies, you can serve meltingly delicious fondues that don't overdo it on fat and calories.
Baguette, country bread, or rye bread
Sliced apples or pears
Soft pretzel pieces
Cauliflower and broccoli florets
Cherry or teardrop tomatoes
Angel food or pound cake cubes
Plain or peanut butter-filled pretzels
Strawberries Fresh or dried pineapple cubes
Fresh or frozen (thawed) mango cubes
Candied fruit strips
Clementine, orange, and grapefruit segments
Biscotti or ladyfingers