How to Create a Holiday Fondue Party

Fondue parties are not only a fun and delicious way to feed guests for the holidays, but there’s minimal cooking required! Plus, there aren’t many party foods better than a warm pot of melted cheese. Served with a variety of delicious foods for dipping—think bread, veggies, fruit—for a meal that’s sure to please everyone.

Take the stress out of your holiday entertaining by creating a festive fondue spread with our ready-to-serve Original Fondü.

The Fondü

Our ready-made Fondü means you’ve got to do just one thing: pour it straight into a pan. Bring the cheese sauce to a boil, stirring until smooth. Once it’s warmed through, place your pot on the fondue stand above a lit candle. If you don’t have a fondue set, no worries—place your pot over a pan of hot water. It’s important to keep the cheese warm while it’s being served so it maintains a smooth, creamy consistency for dipping.

The Pairings


Fresh vegetables make some of the best dippers and help add a variety of flavors & textures to your fondue spread. We opted for broccolini (raw or blanched in hot water until slightly tender), roasted or steamed potatoes, and raw carrots.


Fruit and cheese is a wonderful pairing. It adds a welcome sweetness to the savory cheese. Grapes, pears, and apples all taste deliciously good with the flavors of our Swiss cheese fondue. Fruit is also a lighter option amongst the heavier pairings of meats and breads, adding levity to the meal.


Arguably the star of the show, nothing beats bread and melted cheese! Make sure your bread has a nice crust to it so it’s easy to dip in the fondue—brioche, sourdough and multigrain loaves all work great. Cubing the bread ahead of time will make it easier for guests to skewer, dip, and devour.


Adding protein to the spread is important if you plan on making this the main meal of your gathering. We included sliced sausage here, but cubed ham, meatballs, and steak tips also make tasty dippers.


Feel free to add any other items to your spread. Nuts and breadsticks are a great option as they give guests something to snack on. Mini holiday decorations, like ornaments and trees, add a festive touch. And of course, no holiday fondue party is complete without some wine! A red Cabernet or Merlot, and white Riesling pair perfectly with the cheesy fondue. For a non-alcoholic option, serve with spiced apple cider or a non-alcoholic hard cider.

Original Fondue

Pair With

Crusty Bread Cubed Ham, Boiled Shrimp, Meatballs Red And Green Bell Peppers


Select Fondue

Pair With

Crusty bread Cubed ham, boiled shrimp, grilled steak Apples, pears, grapes

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6 Cheesy Appetizers for Your Next Holiday Party

Impress your family and friends this holiday season with six of our favorite cheesy appetizers. These snacks, sides, & bites are easy to make, don’t require a crazy number of ingredients, and boast deliciously complex and festive flavors thanks to Emmi’s award-winning cheeses.

Spinach Balls with Gruyère

Spinach Balls with Gruyère

A Midwestern classic, we’ve updated our Spinach Balls by adding nutty Le Gruyère cheese for an extra special holiday treat.

French Onion Cheese Ball

French Onion Cheese Ball

Everyone loves a cheese ball, especially when it’s a French Onion Cheese Ball. With Le Gruyère, wine-glazed caramelized onions, and crispy fried onions.

Mini Le Gruyère Tarts

Wow guests while saving time this holiday season with these super addictive Le Gruyère Tarts! They only take five ingredients and less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Chocolate Gruyère Bark

Our traditional Le Gruyère has a nutty flavor that pairs wonderfully with chocolate. Top these mini cheese barks with caramel corn, crushed pistachios, and candied ginger.

Baked Gruyère Dip

This super simple recipe is a holiday crowd-pleaser. Warm Le Gruyère is melted with cranberries and rosemary, then served with toasted baguette rounds for dipping.

Peach, Caramel, & Gouda Bites

These no-bake bites feature our Kaltbach Gouda cheese, dried peaches, salted caramel sauce, marcona almonds, and rosemary. Completely unique and delicious.



Candied Walnuts, Dried Fruit, Spice

Pair With

Fresh Apples, Pears And Grapes Almonds Figs

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Making the Perfect 4th of July Entertaining Spread

Easy & Delicious

The long 4th of July weekend is almost here and putting together a crowd-pleasing spread can be overwhelming. To take the stress out of your party planning, add our recipe ideas to your spread, or better yet, recreate our whole spread! We have enhanced some easy, classic summer dishes by adding Emmi cheese that will make both cooking a breeze and your guests happy!

Burgers with Shredded Gruyere

The staple of almost any summer party is a burger. By adding some shredded Gruyere, you can liven up this grill out favorite. Emmi Shredded Gruyere melts perfectly on burgers and gives them that extra flavor boost.

Fresh Vegetable Fondue

Emmi Original Fondu works great as a dip for fresh vegetables. All you need to do is heat up the fondue mix and serve with cut veggies for a healthy and summery snack.

Le Cremeux Cracker Bites

Kaltbach Le Crémeux is a tasty addition to these cracker bites which include Granny Smith apples, honey, and thyme. The apple and honey pair perfectly together to highlight the unassuming sweetness of the cheese and balance the taste of the bites.


  • Emmi Kaltbach Le Crémeux cheese
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Honey
  • Thyme
  • Crackers

Pimento Cheese Dip

We created a fun spin on this classic cheese dip by swapping cheddar cheese out for Emmi Le Gruyère. This unexpected twist will both elevate the dip and be a delicious surprise for your guests.


  • 6 ounces Emmi Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar pimento peppers, drained and diced
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  •  1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced chives

Mix everything together well with a spatula, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes prior to serving. 

Emmentaler Pasta Salad

Running short on time but need one more dish? Complete your spread using deli made pasta salad with added cubes of Emmi Emmentaler. All you have to do is cube the cheese and your 4th of July party food is ready!

Emmentaler® AOP


Nutty, Slight Acidity, Hint of Herbs

Pair With

Oaked Chardonnay Cabernet Sauvignon Gin & Tonic


Original Fondue

Pair With

Crusty Bread Cubed Ham, Boiled Shrimp, Meatballs Red And Green Bell Peppers


Shredded Le Gruyère AOP

Pair With


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The Best Game Day Cheese Fondue Dippers

Big celebrations call for great food that’s fit to sit out for 3 hours and feed a crowd. Fondue is the perfect solution. This historically “fancy” appetizer is really just a bowl of melted cheese, so bubble some up and serve it through the whole game!

Cheese Fondue

Fondue can come in a lot of different ways, from homemade to convenient ready-to-serve options, like Emmi Fondu. All you need is a nutty, alpine-style cheese like Gruyère and soft melty cheeses like Swiss Emmentaler and Appenzeller, cornstarch or flour, cloves, white wine and lemon juice. Traditional Swiss fondue is also made with, kirsch, a clear, colorless fruit brandy. Trust us, you’re going to want to use this!

Cheese Fondue

Now on to the dippers. They can make or break a good fondue experience, so choose them carefully to match the event. When you’re having fondue for game day, you have a little more flexibilty to be fun and creative with your dippers. Here are some ideas that will make you want to dip everything in melted cheese:

  • Potato Chips
  • Soft or hard pretzels
  • Ham, Turkey or Beef
  • Tortilla chips
  • Fritos
  • Raw veggies
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Beef Sticks
  • Hot Dogs
  • Kielbasa
  • Pepperoni
  • Meatballs
  • Shrimp
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Pearl onions
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