Swiss Cheese Fondue

Swiss cheese fondue featuring smoked Gruyère cheese and Norway’s Jarlsberg cheese with white wine and a hint of garlic. The creamy texture is perfectly paired with bread and vegetables for dipping.

Swiss Cheese Fondue

Cheese fondue is one that doesn’t have to be as formal with using fondue forks. You can easily get away with dipping it like any other dip out there. Your guests will appreciate it!

If you are bringing cheese fondue as a dip served at say, a potluck, you can easily put it in a crockpot on low heat.

But keep a watchful eye on it because the cheese can begin to “break” and oil will sit at the surface.

Fondue Origin

I thought fondue was French, because the word itself is French for “to melt,” but it actually originated in Switzerland in the 18th century.

Pot of cheese with fork holding marble rye bread

Ingredients for Swiss Cheese Fondue

  • Smoked Gruyère
  • Jarlsberg
  • Dry White Wine, like Sauvignon Blanc
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cornstarch

Can’t find Gruyère or Jarlsberg? Smoked Gouda and Emmental are also tasty alternatives.

Fun fact: Despite calling this Swiss cheese fondue, Jarlsberg is not a type of Swiss cheese as most of us would think by the holey appearance. It actually originates in Norway.

You can also check out my Classic Beer Cheese Fondue and meat course with Coq au Vin fondue.

Swiss Cheese Fondue

Dippers for Cheese Fondue

  • Marble Rye Bread
  • Pumpernickel Bread
  • Sourdough Bread
  • French Baguette
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Baby Carrots
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Green Apples

Fondue Pots and Forks

I prefer the electric pots over the ones with bunson burners simply because I can control the heat and warm it up faster.

I received a Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker several years back that I lost during a move, but it worked great while I had it. Since then, I’ve adopted an older one my mother had.

The Cuisinart pot comes with 8 forks that are color-coded on the ends to keep track of which one is yours.

It also has a stainless steel fork ring to rest the forks on as they cook food. It’s pretty nice!

Table set up with pots and a tray of vegetables, apples, and bread to dip

Fondue Etiquette

  • Do not eat directly off your fondue fork. Not only will the metal be hot, but the fork is quite sharp.
  • No double-dipping food back into the fondue pot after eating off of it.
  • Keep track of which fondue fork is yours.
  • Most fondue forks come color coated with two forks in each color. Each guest or family member should receive two fondue forks to cook with.
  • If you are serving more than one course of fondue it’s important to give your guests new fondue forks that are clean.
  • Remember to have FUN! Fondue is meant to be an enjoyable experience with your family and friends with everyone participating.
Swiss Cheese Fondue

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Swiss Cheese Fondue

Swiss Cheese Fondue

Swiss cheese fondue featuring smoked Gruyère cheese and Norway's Jarlsberg cheese with white wine and a hint of garlic. The creamy texture is perfectly paired with bread and vegetables for dipping.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Swiss
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 608 kcal


  • 2 cups Smoked Gruyère cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Jarlsberg cheese shredded
  • ½ cup Dry White Wine like Sauvignon Blanc
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch

Dipper Options

  • Rye Bread cut into 1″ cubes
  • Pumpernickel Bread cut into 1″ cubes
  • Sourdough Bread cut into 1″ cubes
  • French Baguette cut into 1″ cubes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Baby Carrots
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Green Apples sliced


  • Coat all shredded cheese with cornstarch. Add to fondue pot at a low-heat with white wine. Stir until blended and cheese is melted.
  • Add in garlic powder and stir to blend. Serve immediately and dip your favorite bread or vegetable!


Calories: 608kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 29gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 807mgFiber: 6gSugar: 10g

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m such a sucker for fondue! I love trying different variations, but we always have to have the classic swiss cheese fondue at our holiday dinners.

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