kitchen gadgets

Remember fondue?

It’s a delish dish consisting of a heated pot of melted cheese that’s served with a variety of breads, vegetables, and meats. Fondue is eaten with long-stemmed forks, which are used to dip the various foods into that delicious warm cheese.

The Swiss declared fondue one of their “national dishes” in the 1930s, and the fondue trend spread to the United States by the 1960s. It quickly became a national obsession!

Today, specialty restaurants like The Melting Pot offer visitors the chance to partake in a fun and kitschy fondue experience. But you can enjoy a special fondue night right from the comfort of your own home, if you have the right equipment for it.

Here are some of the best fondue sets available.

Crate and Barrel Cast Iron Fondue Set

How cute and vintage-looking! Crate and Barrel’s red version was inspired by the 1970s and features a  cast iron construction, with a red enameled exterior and white enameled interior. $39.95


Cuisinart 3-Quart Electric Fondue Set

This model, available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, gives you the convenience of an electric heating element, encased in a sleek brushed stainless steel housing. This one is perfect for anyone with a modern kitchen. $59.99


Le Creuset Cast Iron 1¾-quart Traditional Fondue Set

Ooh la la! It doesn’t get more kitsch than this Le Creuset fondue set, offered by Cutlery and More. Available in flame (orange) and palm (lime green) colors.  $199.95


Oster Duraceramic 3-Quart Fondue Pot

This electric model offered by Walmart features DuraCeramic non-stick coating for easy cleanup. A bargain at $24.68


Mauviel Copper Fondue Pot with Stand

Leave it to the pros at Williams-Sonoma to offer the Rolls Royce of fondue sets. Mauviel’s Copper Fondue Pot has a steep price tag, but it’s sure gorgeous! Copper is an ideal material for fondue, as it transfers heat quickly, distributes it evenly and cools off rapidly. $770


Put it all together with a cookbook

And of course, you’ll need a fondue cookbook. This one: “Dip Into Something Different: A Collection of Recipes from Our Fondue Pot to Yours,” comes to you direct from the experts at the Melting Pot restaurant chain.


Enjoy your “fundue” night!

Are you a fan of all things retro, but prefer the ease and convenience of brand-new cooking utensils? You’re not alone. Here are five new ways you can give your kitchen a little ’50s flair.

Depression glass salt & pepper shakers


In classic “bottle green,” these salt & pepper shakers are made to resemble Depression glass. You may have used a set like these in your grandparents’ home.

Kitty cat clock


These clocks hold a special appeal with their famous rolling eyes, wagging tails, and sly smiles. They hung on many a diner wall back in the day.

Streamline timer


Ding ding ding! Without the digital displays, this adorable Streamline Kitchen Timer helps brings some tasty nostalgia to your baking.

Cocktail set


A retro kitchen requires a gorgeous cocktail shaker. This one, from Pottery Barn, is about as kitschy-classy as you can get.

Pop, pop


Movie night just got a whole lot more special with this retro-looking popcorn kernel popper. Just add a classic film and you’re set.