Every party is different, and every guest has their own party favorites – but we can safely assume they all have a shared love for food! Unique food items can be a party game-changer and make your party one to remember. Whether that's through one-of-a-kind hand-painted chocolate or the forever mesmerizing chocolate fountain is entirely up to you.
Below we provide a delicious and simple chocolate fountain recipe – along with some tips and tricks to help you make the best impression with your melting deliciousness.
Chocolate Fountain Recipe
12 ounces of your favorite dark chocolate
12 ounces of your favorite milk chocolate
¾ cup of vegetable or canola oil (more or less depending on thickness preference)
Pour all the chocolate into a large pot and add the oil. Before we melt the chocolate, it's important to keep in mind chocolate typically doesn't tolerate high temperatures.
Turn the stove on to a low heat and begin to stir as the chocolate starts to melt and continue stirring until the chocolate is liquid and smooth. Alternatively, you could use the microwave and heat the chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring between each time until the chocolate is completely melted.
Once the chocolate is melted and blended into the oil, pour it into the base of the chocolate fountain, making sure the fountain surfaces are clean.
Turn the fountain on for two minutes so the chocolate can run through, and then shut it off for a minute to expel any air within the system.
If the chocolate isn't flowing smoothly, add a little more oil until it flows like a beautiful chocolate waterfall.
Tips and Tricks for Chocolate Fountain Success
Below we discuss some chocolate fountain ideas and tricks that have helped us create successful fountains at our parties.
Once you've created the delicious chocolate for your fountain, the next most important factor is the location of the fountain itself. Consider the area's temperature, the heating, air conditioner ducts, party traffic flow, pet accessibility, wind, and insect proximity when deciding where to place the river of chocolate. An ideal location is somewhere secure, at a reasonable temperature, people won't bump easily, and the electrical cord won't cause a hazard.
Is the Chocolate Fountain Level?
As we know, falling chocolate is governed by the laws of physics, so any angle on the chocolate fountain base will cause all kinds of chocolatey chaos. Before you pour any chocolate into the fountain, make sure the surface it sits on is level, and if not, try leveling the table out with mats or newspaper under the legs.
Clean While It’s Liquid
You'll love us for our final chocolate fountain tip when it takes you a fraction of the time to clean the fountain. As soon as you unplug the appliance, excuse yourself for five minutes to clean the machine while the chocolate is still liquid. When it hardens up, it becomes a whole other story to clean, so make sure to remember this one!
Experiment Dipping a Variety Of Foods
Get a mix of sweet and salty treats to dip in your fountain, some of my favorite foods to dip in chocolate are:
Cookies such as vanilla wafers, biscotti, and Oreos work well
Angel Food Cake
Rice Krispie Treats
Keep Chocolate Fountain Dry & Free Of Water
Water will cause the chocolate to seize up and ruin the fondue, so be sure to completely dry the Chocolate fountain before use and to dry all food that comes in contact with the chocolate.