How to Use a Chocolate Fountain to Serve Other Types of Fondue

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Chocolate fountains are all the rage. They were made popular at weddings, but have sense created warm, smooth, silky, delicious chocolate waterfalls at corporate events, trade shows, and other celebrations. While chocolate is clearly the most popular fondue, you can use a chocolate fountain with pretty much anything that will reach the same consistency. A good way to think about it is, if you can fondue it, you can fountain it! Read on for alternative ways to use a chocolate fountain.

  • After chocolate, cheese may be the second most popular option for dipping. That makes a chocolate fountain perfect for cheese lovers. You'll get the best flow by using nacho cheese but you can also use processed cheese like Velveeta. Whichever you use, both need to be prepared in a pot first (and mixed with water or milk to get the right consistency) then transferred to the chocolate fountain. Vegetables such as carrots, celery and broccoli all make good dippers. You can also pair cheese fondue with bread, crackers, pretzel rods, and apples.

  • If you want to take your cheese sauce to the next level, add some salsa to make a queso dip. Before adding the salsa to the cheese sauce run it through the food processor. This will ensure there are no large chunks that could jam the chocolate fountain. Serve queso dip with toasted pita chips, tortilla chips, and veggies.

  • Chocolate fountains are also perfect for carmel lovers. Again, you'll need to get the carmel to a smooth consistency by heating it first with a small amount of water. Then serve in the chocolate fountain with fruit, cookies, and pound cake as fondue dippers.

  • Honey mustard is one of the most popular dipping sauces and who says it can't be run through a chocolate fountain machine. Buy pre-mixed bottles or jars of honey mustard and test the consistency before putting it in the fountain. If it's too thick you can water it down a little. When you run it through the chocolate fountain, there's no need to heat it. Serve honey mustard with pretty much anything from crackers and pretzels to veggies, bread, apples, chicken finger and wings.

  • Who doesn't love ranch dressing? It's perfect for making a ranch dressing fountain to serve at a Super Bowl Party or your ranch-loving son's 10th birthday! Use light ranch dressing. Since it's thinner and will run through the chocolate fountain easier. You probably won't need to mix it with anything (a little water will do, if you feel you need to thin it) and you don't need to heat it. Serve ranch sauce with vegetables, breads, crackers, chips, pretzels, chicken strips, and chicken wings.

  • Barbeque sauce is another alternative dipping sauce that runs nicely through chocolate fountains. This is perfect for an afternoon barbecue or the meat-and-potatoes loving wedding party. Most BBQ sauces will be smooth enough to run through the chocolate fountain, but you should always test it first. It's safe for the chocolate fountain if it runs quickly through a funnel without sticking to the sides. Serve barbeque sauce fountains with wings, meatballs, hot dogs, pork, brisket, and potatoes.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're looking for even more chocolate fountain sauce ideas you can always use fondue recipes.
  • If you want to stick to using your chocolate fountain for chocolate, you can always use variations on chocolate. Again, you can get some great ideas by searching fondue recipes.

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