The easiest way to take an evening from meh to marvelous? A bubbling pot of creamy cheese, of course. Here are 23 fondue ideas to serve at your next party (even if it’s just a party of two!), with inspo that will take you from dinner to dessert.

P.S.: You can totally make fondue in a skillet, in the slow cooker or on the stove—but it couldn’t hurt to invest in a fondue maker anyway. Nostalgia’s stainless-steel fondue pot is a total steal for $30, and Oster’s DuraCeramic fondue pot is only a few bucks more. If you’re looking to splurge, go for the Cuisinart electric fondue maker, complete with a fork rack, temperature probe and eight fondue forks.

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1. Easy Skillet Mushroom and Gouda Fondue

Cooking the fondue in a shallow cast-iron skillet means you can dip away to your heart’s content—no skewers needed.

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2. Bacon, Onion and Asiago Fondue

Bread works, but so do sliced green apples and seed-speckled crackers.

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3. Roasted Garlic and Gruyère Fondue

Starring a whole head of golden-brown roasted garlic.

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4. Skillet Kale and Fontina Fondue

Aka our favorite way to eat our daily greens.

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5. Dairy-Free Butternut Squash “Fondue”

Can you believe it’s totally vegan? Serve it with mini sweet peppers, Brussels sprouts and any crudités you have on hand.

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6. Easy Skillet Beer and Cheddar Fondue

Sharp cheddar meets your favorite Pilsner or IPA.

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7. Irish Cheddar Fondue

With a side of spiced Guinness pretzels? Don’t mind if we do.

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8. Caramelized Shallot and Gruyère

Did we mention it gets a generous glug of dry white wine? Scoop the fondue up with slices of toasted sourdough, broccoli florets or spicy sausage.

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9. Cheese Fondue for Two

Starring Gruyère and Emmental, plus a splash of brandy. You know, in honor of date night.

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10. Cheese Fondue Board

In a word, wow. Pair Swiss and cheddar fondues with fruits and veggies, crackers, bread, nuts and deli meat or thinly sliced grilled steak.

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11. Beer Cheese Dip

BRB, dunking a few dozen Brie-stuffed pretzel bites into a pool of hot deliciousness.

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12. Smoky 3-Cheese Fondue with Toasted Garlic-Buttered Croissants

Put this on your holiday table and everyone will think it was catered by a fancy restaurant.

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13. Classic Cheese Fondue

Fondue is only as good as the cheese, so treat yourself and splurge on the good stuff. You’ll taste the difference.

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14. French Onion Cheese Fondue

Two iconic comfort foods, one ooey-gooey dish. The onions are caramelized for 20 minutes before being bathed in a balsamic-beef broth reduction.

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15. Beef Queso Dip

Think of this 15-minute beauty as cheater’s fondue. It’s just as saucy and dippable but made with nostalgic Velveeta.

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16. Awesomely Easy Swiss Fondue

It only calls for four ingredients—aside from the countless handhelds for dipping, obvi.

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17. Beer Cheese Fondue

Come game day, take a page out of Janica’s book. She serves this garlicky number with mini soft pretzels, homemade potato chips, pigs in a blanket and bacon-wrapped chicken bites.

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18. Jalapeño Popper Cheese Fondue

Complete with cream cheese, mozzarella and crispy bacon. Bonus points for serving it in a bread bowl.

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19. Cheese Fondue

It’s spiked with kirsch, a clear brandy made from double-distilled cherries.

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20. Slow-Cooker Chocolate Fondue

You truly can’t go wrong with a bath of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate for dessert.

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21. Vegan Chocolate Fondue Dessert Party Platter

That’s right, non-dairy chocolate is a thing. And it tastes divine draped over cherries, strawberries, apples, bananas and vegan ice cream.

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22. Chocolate Fondue

Ready to have your mind blown? Use white chocolate instead of dark and finish it with a swirl of raspberry jam.

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23. Toasted Fluffernutters with Cabernet Chocolate Fondue

Sure, you can use store-bought marshmallow fluff in the sandwiches. But you can also make your own with egg whites, sugar and a few pantry staples.

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