A chocolate fountain is ideal for parties or celebrations. It provides tasty treats and a stunning centerpiece. Melted chocolate is pumped through the fountain system and falls over the top tier, oozing down. Adults and kids love it, and you can provide dozens of items to dip in the chocolate. Chocolate fountains are less expensive than other centerpieces, such as wedding cake, and it doesn't hurt to keep in mind that chocolate is an antioxidant as well.
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Where to Use a Chocolate Fountain
There are several events you can use a chocolate fountain at. These include birthday parties, bar or bat mitzvahs, weddings, engagement parties, going away parties, welcome home parties, christenings, baby showers, holiday parties (such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, Fourth of July), bachelorette parties, conferences and exhibitions. At events such as these, there are usually food tables already set up buffet-style or with platters. A chocolate fountain is best placed in the middle of these tables as the centerpiece. Decorate around it with greenery, flowers, themed objects or photographs.
Creating the chocolate to put in the fountain is fairly simple. You simmer cream over medium heat, then stir in chopped up pieces of chocolate. When the chocolate begins to melt, you can add in other things that you desire. You can use many of different varieties of chocolate for a chocolate fountain. Besides just white, dark, or milk chocolate, imagine mixing the chocolate with something else, such as caramel, honey or butterscotch. You can also add an exotic twist by adding flavored liquor, such as coffee or orange, or rum. Other ideas include chunks of peanut butter, fruit purees, fruit zests like lemon or orange, espresso powder, spices, or herbs such as mint or hibiscus.
What To Dip Into the Chocolate
You can dip whatever you like into the chocolate fountain, but it is always ideal to have a variety of items ranging from sweet to salty to savory. You can pretty much use any type of fruit, but the most popular include strawberries, cherries, pineapple, banana (raw or grilled), berries, apples, tangerines, oranges, pears, dried fruit, peaches, pomegranate and figs. Other ideal dipping items include marshmallows, biscotti, ladyfingers, gummy candies, gingerbread, sugar cookies, cubed brioche, baklava, fruitcake, chopped nuts (to sprinkle on dipped items) thick cut potato chips, candied ginger, Rice Crispies squares, pretzels, angel food cake, graham crackers, amaretti, brownies, meringue cookies and animal crackers.