How To Use A Chocolate Fountain
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.
Do You Own A 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!
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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!
uger-style fountain - no pump
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:
- Screw the column into the bottom base. The column is what pushes your melted chocolate to the top.
- 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..
- In the meantime melt your chocolate. I use my microwave for it as it goes extremely fast.
- Once the fountain is assembled, pour the chocolate cream into the base until it almost reaches the top rim of the fountain base.
- Now plug it in and switch on the button.
- 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?
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!