Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue Recipe

It’s time to break out that fondue pot that has been sitting in your cupboard. You can make this copycat version of The Melting Pot’s Cheddar Cheese Fondue.

Homemade copycat Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese fondue. with bread and apple slices.

The Melting Pot is a favorite place to enjoy dinner—a dark room, a nice bottle of wine, melted cheese, and hopefully, you are with someone special.

If you have never been to The Melting Pot, imagine a three-course meal with fondue for each course! Imagine cheese basking over your favorite bread, crisp green apples, and more.

What makes this Cheddar cheese fondue so memorable? Sometimes enjoying dinner is especially fun when you get to use your hands.

You must eat this dish in one sitting as it doesn’t reheat well, nor does it do well if you make it in advance to eat later. So this is the fun type of dish you want to make on the spot.

If you are new to fondue it is the ultimate cheese dip. It’s gooey and goes well with French bread, a Baguette, or even some fruit.

Cheddar Cheese Fondue is the Best Tasting Fondue!

This Melting Pot Cheddar cheese fondue is made with medium-aged cheddar and Emmentaler Swiss cheeses, lager beer, and garlic. You can serve it with lots of bread.

I recommend pumpernickel, wheat, or sourdough. I also love this with green apples. You can be creative with this dish, so serve it with bread or vegetables that you enjoy.

Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Coors Light beer
  • Garlic
  • Dry mustard powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Medium-sharp cheddar cheese
  • Emmentaler Swiss cheese
  • Cornstarch
Ingredients needed for the melting pot Cheddar Cheese fondue copycat recipe.

If you do not wish to make this with beer, I cannot give you a suggestion for the beer other than a product like O’Doul’s or a near-beer with less than 3.2 percent alcohol. The beer flavor adds a lot to this dish.

How to Make Cheddar Cheese Fondue

  1. Shred cheese or slice it into small cubes. Coat the cheese with cornstarch.
  2. Place beer, garlic, dry mustard, and Worcestershire in the pot and combine well.
  3. When the beer mixture is warm, add one-third of the cheese and whisk very well until the cheese is melted and incorporated.
  4. Continue to whisk in the cheese until it is all incorporated.
Homemade copycat Melting pot Cheddar cheese fondue in a pot on the stovetop..

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Please do not serve this beer cheese fondue to people who do not drink alcohol. The alcohol doesn’t fully cook out of the food.

So enjoy one of my favorite romantic meals to share with someone. Or break out that fondue set, and have a fun Fondue party!

Making Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue

A fondue pot is a prominent centerpiece for your table. While you don’t need a fondue pot to make fondue, making fondue with an electric fondue pot is a breeze. I recommend the Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker

Don’t miss out on this book by the Melting Pot restaurant, they serve up many of their special dishes in their book Dip Into Something Different: A Collection of Recipes from Our Fondue Pot to Yours

Some copycat Wing Stop parmesan chicken wings would be great to enjoy with the fondue.

Melting pot cheddar cheese fondue served in a bowl.

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Homemade copycat Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese fondue with bread and apple slices.

Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue

Make The Melting Pot cheddar cheese fondue at home with this easy copycat recipe.
4.98 from 34 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Swiss
Keyword: Fondue Recipe, Melting Pot Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 256kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Coors Light beer
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ounces medium-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces Emmentaler Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or all-purpose flour

Instructions

Preparing the cheese

  • Shred the cheeses or slice into small cubes. Coat the cheese with cornstarch.

Preparing the Fondue

  • Turn on the fondue pot to high heat.
  • Place beer, garlic, dry mustard, and Worcestershire in the pot and combine well.
  • When the beer mixture is warm, add one-third of the cheese and whisk very well.
  • Once the cheese has been incorporated well, continue to whisk in the cheese until it is all incorporated. Whisk until the cheese is smooth.

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Notes

If you do not have a Fondue set, you can use wooden skewers to dip bread, and fruit into the fondue. 

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 425mg | Iron: 0.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Debbie Crain

    I just thought I would point out that Melting Pot has released a cook book of their recipes, which is available just about anywhere (amazon, Walmart.com, Barnes and Noble). JS

  2. Ally

    5 stars
    This was great. I made in a double boiler and it didn’t get as hot as I would have liked but that’s on me for not using a fondue pot. I didn’t have mustard powder but it seemed fine without. Thanks for a great copy cat!

  3. Shenika

    5 stars
    Hi, I just wanted to say that my husband and I have made this fondue at least 5 times already and making it again tonight! I LOVE this recipe and I keep it in my favorites. Thank you so much for this. We love it!

  4. Jill

    I worked at Melting pot and this is not recipe….they have their own cheddar blend. There’s no flour at all in the recipe either 🙂 cheese is dusted with corn starch. It’s beer, garlic, dry mustard, worstershire and black pepper.

  5. Phoebe Lostroh

    I love the recipe but I hate trying to clean my fondue pot. I can’t scrub it with anything that might scratch it, and so it takes days and days to scrape the dried on cheese fondue out with fingers/fingernails. I have tried to solubilize the cheese with soap and oil and that helps a bit but still….this is why I wonder about making the fondue on the stove and transferring to a crackpot, which can be seriously scrubbed in order to clean it.

    How do you clean your electric fondue pot? I have a nice model made by Cuisinart.

    Thanks everybody for any suggestions.

    • Kat

      My tip is to cut a clove of garlic in half and rub the pot (regardless of what kind you use) all over. Rub any spot that might come into contact with the cheese. After you’re done enjoying the fondue, soak it for a few minutes and clean as you typically would. Since I started doing this I have never once had to scrub a pot post-fondue or clean a pot more than once. Works like a charm. Hope this helps!

    • Ivy

      Just made this recipe today. We frequent The Melting Pot and this recipe tasted exactly like theirs! It was DELICIOUS!!! My husband and kids agreed. Will probably just use a little less mustard next time. Thanks for this recipe …it was truly a hit!

    • Sandra

      Fill you pot with hot or warm water, add a dryer fabric sheet, push to bottom of pot. Let soak for at least 15 minutes. Cheese should rinse out.

    • Donna Craven

      Put pot in sink with warm water and an unused dryer sheet, let sit overnight, next morning just dump out and wash with dish soap and water!

    • Emily

      I was thinking that. It it didn’t cook out them they would not be able to legally serve it to minors in their restaurants.

      • Danielle

        Of course your not going to get drunk. But to be honest, I know many recovering alcoholics. I used to work at a clinic. Trust me if there is a hint of a taste of alcohol is can cause a person to relapse. This was actually quite thoughtful of the author to put that in.

  6. Sherry

    I thought this was pretty close, but I found the mustard to be overpowering. I plan to cut the amount of mustard in half. Other tips/suggestions: let bread get slightly stale… cut in sluces and let sit for 10-15 minutes before cubing it. If you don’t have a fondue pot… a double boiler is great and keeps it hot on the table. As for the swiss cheese… could not find that high-end swiss… so we used finlandia deli slices… awesome. And Beer… well use whatever you have in the house… we had leftover Amberboch from when my mother-in-law visited!

    • stephaniemanley

      So I don’t think this would reheat well, but this is my own personal opinion and I have no experience for this. I would prepare this in a double boiler, and then keep it on low in a crock pot. Fondues while not difficult, can be tricky to reheat.

      • Brad Barth

        i did a double recipe thinking the two of us would eat it all. we didn’t so two days later i reheated in my double boiler. had to add aboutt 2 oz of beer to thin but it works but using db it thickened rather quickly even with hot water below but we enjoyed it a second time

        Thanks
        chocolate next

  7. Melanie

    I just made this for the first time last night and doubled the ingredients. I needed a little more cheese, about a 1/2 cup more, and it turned out great!! My hubby and my mom loved it!!

    I used the fondue to make a chili con queso similar to a Mexican restaurant in Indianapolis. Next time, I’ll try less beer and add some broth because my son didn’t like the beer taste. Thanks for the recipe Stephanie!!

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