Here’s a blast from the past, 70’s vintage fondue pots. I was surprised to find that there is a market for these kitchsy 1970’s relics. In this article we’ll do an overview of these unique cooking pots and some of the reasons behind their new popularity. And we’ll take in a few Vintage Fondue Pot buying tips as well.
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Why have Fondue Pots gained in popularity again? Well, in some ways, they never fully went away. There are even restaurants specializing in fondue that remain popular. Fondue, cheese or chocolate, are always a hit at parties, particularly if you want a retro 70’s feel. And, as Gen-Jones’ers and Gen-X’ers get older they’re reaching out for this bit of 70’s nostalgia.
There are basically two types of Vintage Fondue Pots that you’ll encounter, flame based or electric based.
Flame based Fondue Pots either use small candles or Sterno to heat the pot. Usually you will need to pre-heat the cheese mixture or chocolate prior to putting them in one of these fondue pots. Fortunately, today’s microwaves make this preheating rather easy as compared to the good old days of the 1970’s.
Electric based Fondue Pots have an electric heating element and offer better temperature control and most will do preheating. One important thing to note when buying a Vintage Fondue Pot is electrical safety. Some of these pots were recalled due to electrical defects. Some have become worn due to age. If you’re buying one to use, make sure it’s safe to use.
With either type of Vintage Fondue Pot, make sure that there is no damage that could cause leaks, spills or even fires. Remember even small cracks or excessive wear could be a danger sign. Hot cheese can cause serious burns so you want to make sure that the Fondue Pot is safe to use. Also make sure that you receive all of the accessories that should come with the pot. You may have trouble finding matching avocado bakelite handled fondue forks for your vintage fondue pot. However, it is actually not that hard to find a complete, new in the box, vintage fondue set. You would be surprised to find how many of these pots were long forgotten wedding gifts that have been in storage for 30+ years.
If you want to buy a new Fondue Pot rather than vintage, don’t worry they’re still made by cookware companies like Rival and the price is usually reasonable too. These are modern stainless steel or black, not 70’s style avocado, burnt orange or bicentennial red, white and blue though. But the bubbly cheese fondue is still quite tasty.