January 8th—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Accounts vary on the exact origin of fondue, but it was likely invented as a creative way to help villagers work through their winter stores of hard cheese and stale bread. It gained notable fame in the 1960s and '70s for its ability to create a communal culinary climate. After all, there is nothing like a pot of luscious melted cheese to engender a jazzed and joyful audience.
In Switzerland, where ours is made, la fondue means a cheese fondue and nothing else. Crafted for us from a classic Swiss recipe, Trader Joe's Fondue is a ready-to-heat-and-enjoy blend of Swiss Emmental and Gruyère cheeses, white wine, kirsch (dry, clear brandy distilled from cherries) and a selection of savory spices. For the most traditional presentation, we recommend a fondue pot. If you don't have a fondue pot on hand, then you can heat this delicious, creamy blend in the microwave and serve it in an appropriately rounded ceramic dish -- ceramic holds heat well, so the Fondue will remain "dippable" longer. Serve it with crusty cubes of bread, cooked ham, sliced sausage, cut vegetables, cornichons, apple slices or... If you're not in the mood for a melty dip, use it to create gratin potatoes, soufflés, even quesadillas.
Trader Joe's holiday Fondue promises an authentic experience with added convenience at a really great price. We're selling each 14.1 ounce package for $5.99. You'll find it in our cheese case.