ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Use A Chocolate Fountain

Updated on October 8, 2014

How To Use A Home Chocolate Fountain And Avoid Making A Mess

Knowing how to use a chocolate fountain can be the difference between a gorgeous chocolate dessert and a big mess in your kitchen.

You might have received a chocolate fondue fountain for Christmas or your birthday and now you want to try it out. Or you might be lusting for such an awesome gadget and want to know in advance just how to use it.

No matter the reason for your interest, you're in the right place. You will learn here how to use it, what type of chocolate goes there, and also how to take care of your fountain.

Shown here is a gorgeous home Chocolate Fondue Fountain that is most popular right now in the shops.

Do You Own A Chocolate Fountain?

See results
chocolate fountain
chocolate fountain

What Is A Chocolate Fountain?

Simply put, a chocolate fondue fountain is an electric gadget with 3 main parts: the top dish, the central column that holds the dish, and the small base at the bottom of the piece that has the engine.

The way the fountain effect is achieved is by filling the bottom part with melted chocolate, which will then be pushed to the top so that it overflows. Then once the chocolate is down, it gets pushed back up again, just like the water is pushed upwards in a real fountain.

You can put various sweet things around it that can be dipped in the chocolate. I love to use fresh strawberries (time of year permitting) to dip in the chocolate. It's really yummie!

(Image public domain courtesy of

Accessories And Ingredients

To use your cooking gadget you need a couple of things. First of all, of course, you need... a chocolate fountain...or two.

Then you also need the right type of chocolate. Afterall not just any chocolate goes in the fountain. So below you will have a few popular fountains to choose from and couverture chocolates to melt.

Nostalgia Electrics CFF-986 3-Tier Chocolate Fondue Fountain, Stainless Steel

This is the very fountain I got last year for Christmas from my friends. Before that I had no idea that such a gadget even existed. But after a few tries I've learned how to use it and now I consider myself a chocolate fountain expert!

Nostalgia CFF986 4-Tier Stainless Steel Chocolate Fondue Fountain
Nostalgia CFF986 4-Tier Stainless Steel Chocolate Fondue Fountain


uger-style fountain - no pump

Plastic tower

Separate heat/motor control buttons on back of unit

Holds up to 3-pound of melted chocolate


Don't buy a commercial one unless you are interested in catering. It will not only take ages to clean but it also consumes more electricity and it's HUGE!

Chocolate Fondue / Couverture

Premium Milk Chocolate Fondue 4lb. Box

This is the box of chocolate fondue that came with the fountain, so I've been buying this ever since. It's great, melts easily and it's a joy to eat (yum!)

Choosing Your Chocolate For The Fountain

When dipping the chocolate, it can get messy, so have paper towels around!

How To Assemble It

To put your chocolate fountain together ready to be used, there are a few steps to follow. It's not difficult, but in case you don't have any instructions (especially if you rented yours and didn't come with instructions), this is how most fountains are assembled together:

  1. Screw the column into the bottom base. The column is what pushes your melted chocolate to the top.
  2. Put together the top dishes. Depending on the fountain type you get, you can have several layers of dishes (mine is with 3 layers). You put the biggest one at the bottom and the smallest in size at the top. Make sure to put the largest dish with the hollow part looking upward. The rest of them will go with the hollow part downward..
  3. In the meantime melt your chocolate. I use my microwave for it as it goes extremely fast.
  4. Once the fountain is assembled, pour the chocolate cream into the base until it almost reaches the top rim of the fountain base.
  5. Now plug it in and switch on the button.
  6. If you did the steps above well, you should hear the fountain engine working and soon you'll see the chocolate climbing to the top of the fountain to be overspiled in the dish.

Transferring Your Melted Chocolate To The Fountain

Starting Your Chocolate Fountain

Do You Like The Idea Of A Chocolate Fountain?

See results


First have the chocolate in the fountain and then start the engine. The auger is designed to work for 2-3 hours before it starts to overheat, so don't have it running before you have your melted chocolate in it already.

How To Clean Your Chocolate Fountain

Cleaning your chocolate fondue fountain is quite easy. You need some really warm or even hot water, but beware! never dip the base of the fountain the water. It has an electrical engine part, and like all electrical objects it should stay clear of water.

* Clean the fountain right after you switched off the machine. Don't let the chocolate harden in it because you'll have a tough time cleaning it afterwards.

* You first need to empty the chocolate from the fountain (take care, it can get messy!). I use a spatula to take out all the chocolate from it by simply scraping it out.

* Take apart every piece from the fountain and clean them (except the base). These parts are usually dishwasher safe, so once the chocolate is out, you can put them in the dishwasher (except the base, of course).

* For the base, you can add water in the bowl for cleaning, but make sure that you don't actually plunge in the entire base in the water.

* As for the discarded chocolate, you can either reuse it for some dessert or simply throw it away.

Don't throw the chocolate down the drain as it will clog it!

When All Is Said And Done... - You might want to avoid...this

Do You Have A Choco-Fountain At Home? - Please leave your comments below

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      How much oil for 2 cups of chocolate?

    • Mistl profile image


      6 years ago

      I love, love, love chocolate and I have been to a couple of parties where we have had one of these. They look awesome and well everything tastes better with chocolate. Really nice collection you have here as well! :)

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      7 years ago

      Awesome overview. I always worried that these would be tricky to operate!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Love that video at the end! Ha ha, but the idea does appeal to me yes - not to dip fruit in though, that's too healthy!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I have never had one, only my little fondue pot, but they look really fun, great lens *blessed

    • Sabre1000 profile image


      7 years ago

      The only thing better than a champagne fountain!

    • Paul Ward profile image


      7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Really useful lens on Chocolate Fountains we didn't know what we were doing when we first hired one and it was, er, interesting :)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)