Kids Can Make: Cheese Fondue

As an appetizer or main dish, this cheese fondue is a fun and interactive meal your little ones can help with. For both little and big kids: Let them help shred the cheese and stir it into the simmering apple juice, and choose and help prep all the dippers.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings (3 cups dip)
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2 cups filtered apple juice

1 pound Gruyere cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1/2 teaspoon country-style Dijon mustard

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Suggested Dippers (choose 3 to 4):

1 baguette, torn into 1/2-inch chunks (about 8 cups)

2 crisp apples, cored and cut into 6 to 8 wedges each

2 cups baked potato tots

2 cups broccoli florets

2 cups cooked penne pasta

1 cup different-colored mixed grape and cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup different-colored mixed grape and cherry tomatoes, halved 

1 cup pretzel-style crisps or crackers

1/2 pound salami, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

1/2 cup cornichons or gherkins


  1. Bring the apple juice to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Toss the Gruyere and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Add to the simmering juice by the scant handful, whisking constantly until smooth and letting the sauce come to a boil between additions, about 30 seconds. Remove the saucepan from the heat, stir in the Parmesan and mustard and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Pour into a serving bowl, and serve with the dippers of your choice.

Cook’s Note

Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen. Limit the child to tasks that are safe and age-appropriate.