Now that you have a plan to rent or buy a chocolate fountain, you need to buy some chocolate and some snacks for dipping. We’ll start with the chocolate. It is best to use chocolate with a high cocoa butter content for a nice consistency that will flow smoothly over the tiers. Many chocolate lovers prefer a Belgian chocolate called Couverture in their chocolate fountain.
You can actually use any type of chocolate that you like, but you may have to add some oil to get a good consistency. Some people like to use a more expensive chocolate like Godiva or Ghirardelli, but others prefer to use the less expensive bars that can be purchased at Wal-mart or Target. You can also add some paraffin wax for a little extra shine.
To prepare your chocolate fountain chocolate, melt the bars or chips slowly using a double boiler. A microwave can also be used, but make sure you do not melt the chocolate too quickly or heat it for too long. Your fountain should come with instructions that include how much chocolate you should melt. Pour your melted chocolate into the fountain at least 30 minutes before your guests arrive to get it flowing and to see if you need to adjust the temperature or add a little oil.
Now that the chocolate is flowing, what should we dip? The most popular items for dipping are strawberries, bananas, marshmallows and pretzels. You can really use anything that does not crumble easily. Here are some more ideas: pineapple, apple slices, cherries, pears, crackers, angel food cake, nuts and dried fruits. One fun idea is to put marshmallows on a pretzel stick.
Make sure you provide your guest with small plates and plenty of napkins since dipping can be a little messy, especially if there are kids involved. You will also want to have toothpicks or small skewers for dipping.
When the party is over it is a good idea to pour the chocolate right into a container for later use. You may want to clean the machine right away or at least start it soaking.
Your guests will be thrilled at the sight and aroma of the waterfall of chocolate. Be aware that kids can get a little over excited and start using fingers for dipping. A little adult supervision should keep things under control. Enjoy your new chocolate fountain ! You can find more tips on chocolatefountainguide.com