This will make a difference to how many people can use the fountain at any one time, and for how long until the whole lot runs out.
Most standard fountains which are suitable for home use will hold around 500g of chocolate, which is seen as the ideal amount for around 5 people.
Ensure you have the perfect spot for the fountain before you buy one. It should be situated on a level surface, away from any air conditioning, fans or open windows, and with plenty of room around it so the whole area is accessible safely.
Melting The Chocolate
In 99% of cases, you’ll have to do this beforehand in the microwave or over hot water. Fountains are usually just for display and can’t usually melt the chocolate too, especially in a decent time frame.
Larger fountains may be able to melt the chocolate however – look for a high power level for quicker times and heating.
No fountain is simple to take care of. There are so many components, and the overall design makes it a little user-unfriendly when the fun has stopped.
If you do want something more easy than not though, look for a model where the fountain part can be disassembled from the main unit and washed on its own in hot water. There are a couple out there which are dishwasher friendly, but this is rare. Always clean the fountain ASAP after use, before the chocolate solidifies again.
Do I Need To Use Oil With The Fountain?
Usually, it can be avoided. But it may depend on a couple of factors. One is the temperature which the unit can reach, and the other is the chocolate used.
Dedicated chocolate is the best form, as it is often mostly unsweetened and comes in smaller segments to increase the likelihood of it melting quicker. Ordinary chocolate from brands such as Cadbury’s or Galaxy which you’d eat on its own may be unsuitable as they often contain sugars which could cause the chocolate to clump if the temperature dips, and this is where the oil needs to come into use. They are often made from a thicker formulation too, to prevent them melting at higher temperatures.
If your machine requires oil to get going, it will tell you in the instructions.
Why Should I Buy A Chocolate Fountain?
They add a lovely touch to any parties or events, especially if there is food being served and a fair few of the guests are chocolate fans. Kids in particular are bound to love the idea. Everybody can help themselves, and a whole range of dipping treats can be used.
Smaller units can also be bought which can add a finishing touch to a film night, or an after barbecue treat. If you own your own model, it can be brought out whenever you wish.
Can I Melt Other Ingredients?
Cheese, caramel, sauces and many other things can often be melted and used in a fountain. However, the majority will not be able to accept these as the consistency will be wrong. Check before you buy if you want something which is adaptable, and if you can’t find anything suitable, an ordinary fondue set may be best.