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What synonyms in the English language properly describes the meaning of “Perfection”? The only one that comes to mind is “Chocolate”. Yes, I know that some might disagree with that single word defining the ultimate state of something, but hear me out.
What other anything can be naturally sweet, a solid, a liquid, be served frozen, at room temperature or melted (especially melted)?
Any chocolate lover worth their cocoa loves what a chocolate fountain represents: pure, unadulterated chocolate dipping heaven.
But what to dip in all of that melted, flowing chocolate? Read on to discover more about things to dip in a chocolate fountain.
What is a Chocolate Fondue?
The concept of a chocolate fondue came from Konrad Egli, a chef who became the owner of the restaurant Chalet Suisse in New York City sometime during the early 1960s.
When Egli was getting ready to launch the restaurant with new items, he decided on a signature dessert made from heavy cream, at the time a newly launched nougat bar called Toberlone and a Swiss brandy called Kirsch.
To say that chocolate fondue caught on like wildfire is a huge understatement. Egli literally changed the world. The melted chocolate concept that you could dip various things into caught on like crazy and the rest is history.
What is a Chocolate Fountain?
The chocolate fountain is nothing more than a type of fondue device. The fountain is normally anywhere from two feet high and more.
When the chocolate is melted it is pumped through the device to make a beautiful fountain effect, allowing you to dip various items into the fountain.
Fun Chocolate Fountain Fondue Dippers for Kids
Kids love a good chocolate dipping fountain as much as anyone else. But what do kids prefer to mix and dip with chocolate?
- Nothing can beat the saltiness of the chip when combined with the richness of the chocolate
- The fruit goes well with chocolate without being overpowering
- Use the big, spongy size for maximum chocolate pleasure
Anything Made With Peanut Butter
- Peanut butter is simply the perfect pairing with chocolate, as evidenced in stores.
Other Things You Can Dip in Your Chocolate Fountain
- Fruits such as oranges, melons, strawberries, blueberries and so much more
- Nuts of any kind. It’s recommended that you use a basket or bowl for this
- Eclairs and donuts
- Caramels and peanut brittle
What Chocolate to Use For Fondue
When it comes to using a chocolate fountain, you don’t want to skimp on the quality of the chocolate. Check out the list of proper fountain chocolates at Cooking Time Journal for expert choices for enhancing your “Chocolate Nirvana”.
Chocolate Fountain Do’s
- Make sure you use as pure a chocolate as possible
- Check the date of the chocolate, the fresher the better
- Decide on the flavors such as will it be semisweet or bittersweet, etc.
Chocolate Fountain Don’ts
- Never try to use chocolate chips. There are too many impurities in the chips which can lead to the fountain getting blocked up
- Do not attempt to use the fountain outdoors. These fountains do not play well in the wind.
- Stay away from crumbly items such as cake and brownies
Things to Know About Chocolate Fountains
Are chocolate fountains perfect? Yes, yes, and yes they are. We kid, we kid.
You do need to be aware of some things when purchasing or using your chocolate fountain.
- Stay inside when using them. Although they are great to use in certain outdoor settings, chocolate fountains are very sensitive to winds. It’d be best to only use them in an indoor environment. Always be careful.
- Chocolate fountains can be louder than you might think. Well, the pump driving the fountain can be loud depending on the model you are using.
- NEVER just throw chocolate into the fountain heater. Chocolate needs to be smooth and silky BEFORE you put it in the fountain.
- It’s always best to start melting your chocolate in a microwave or even stovetop with a bit of good coconut oil for just a few seconds.
How do I Make My Chocolate Fountain Flow Smoothly?
Prepping the chocolate is key. NEVER forget to add oil to the chocolate when you are melting it. You can use just about any type of oil, but it’s best to stick to a vegetable based oil or rich coconut oils.
Will Candy Melts Work in a Chocolate Fountain?
Yes, you can use a Candy Melts Melting pot with your fondue machine. Just check with your fondue manufacturer for optional accessories that can be used with your appliance.
How Long Can You Run a Chocolate Fountain?
That depends on your needs. A continuous use of three hours is considered normal. Some models can easily run for 24 hrs if needed. Be sure to check the specs for your needs.
Can I Use Normal Chocolate in a Chocolate Fountain?
Yes, you can use any type of chocolate you wish, as long as you work out the viscosity formula.
Very few things in life will keep you and your family happier than a chocolate fountain. Use your fountain wisely and often for the ultimate chocolate experience.