Chocolate fountains and fondues are one of the best gadgets for entertaining especially with little ones in the family. Ideal for parties, celebrations and all family occasions, there is something fun and exciting watching unless amount of chocolate flow down the different tiers of the fountain.
It is even more exciting when you realise, it is not actually all that expensive to own one too. Two of the chocolate fountain comes with its own serving tray making it a complete chocolate buffet, easy serve and great as a display on the table.
Chocolate Fountains – What You Need to Know
Chocolate Fountains works quite well as a center piece for any occasion or celebration. Simply fill with chocolate and watch as your guests enjoy dipping different foods such as fruit, sweets, biscuits and pastries, sending them to chocolate heaven.
Typical chocolate fountain is designed to heat and hold melted chocolate while pumping it up a tube in the middle and letting it flow down three 2 or 3 different tiers. There is an extra wide and deep drip tray at the bottom of the fountain used for dipping or catching any drips from the top.
Good chocolate fountains are designed with super smooth cascades to improve the flow of the chocolate creating a constant delicious curtain of chocolate allowing a party of people to crowd around the unit with everyone having easy access to the unit.
Tower is made from plastic or stainless steel for durability and easy to clean. Most chocolate fountain have adjustable feet for minor adjustments to make the chocolate flow evenly and ensures a level operation. This means that there will be no gaps on one side of the chocolate fountain.
Finally, some chocolate fountains have single control button or knob while others benefits from having separate controls for the motor and the heat allowing you to control one without having to adjust the other at the same time.
Top 8 Best Chocolate Fountains
- Andrew James Premium Stainless Steel Chocolate Fountain 2lbs (907 grams) – BIG
- JM Posner Mini Chocolate Fountain with Serving Trays 450 grams – SERVING TRAY
- JM Posner Cascade Chocolate Fountain Plus 900ml – CASCADE, BIG
- Elgento E26012 Chocolate Fountain 200ml – SMALL, SERVING TRAY
- JM Posner Classic Three Tier Chocolate Fountain 900ml – BIG
- VonShef Premium Luxury Chocolate Fondue Fountain
- Elgento E26005 Mini Chocolate Fountain – SMALL
- Gourmet Gadgetry Electric Chocolate Fountain 900 grams – BIG
If you live stateside, consider one of the following:
- Sephra Stainless Steel 4-Pound Capacity Select Home Fondue Fountain
- Wilton Chocolate Pro 3-Tier Chocolate Fountain
- Smart Planet SFF1 Peanuts Snoopy Chocolate Fountain
- ClearMax CF-892 Electric 3-Tier Stainless Steel Chocolate Fountain
- Nostalgia CFF986 4-Level Professional Stainless Steel Chocolate Fondue Fountain
- Nostalgia CFF1000 Cascading Chocolate Fondue Fountain – CASCADE
A Closer Look
Andrew James Premium Stainless Steel Chocolate Fountain 2lbs (907 grams) – BIG
The Andrew James Premium Stainless Steel Chocolate Fountain has a deep drip bowl for longer and continuous use. The controls include one for motor and another for heat. The unit is approximately 21.1cm diameter and 38cm high. The three tier chocolate fountain, drip bowl and base is made of stainless steel for ease of cleaning and durablity. It has adjustable feet for manual level operation.
JM Posner Mini Chocolate Fountain with Serving Trays 450 grams – SMALL, SERVING TRAY
This mini chocolate fountain from JM Posner also comes with a serving tray making it a complete chocolate fountain, saving space on the table at the same time. It requires only 450 grams of chocolate to get it going and is perfect for use at home or at a party. The serving tray can be used to hold delicious fruit, sweets, biscuits and mashmallows. The drip tray measures 26cm in diameter and the height of the assembled fountain is 29cm.
JM Posner Cascade Chocolate Fountain Plus 900 grams – CASCADE
A new entry from JM Posner, the Cascade Chocolate Fountain Plus offers a different treatment. Instead of curtains of chocolates, the fountain is made of a series of small cups with spouts pouring from one to another in a cascading fashion. The unit reminds me of champagne pouring on a stacked pyramid glass arrangement. It requires 900 grams of chocolate to run with a stainless steel finished base with single control knob.
Elgento E26012 Chocolate Fountain 200 ml – SMALL, SERVING TRAY
A small chocolate fountain with a big serving tray, the fountain holds up to 200 ml of chocolate. The serving dish is divided into three compartments. The base is made from durable and lightweight plastic, making it easy to move around and clean. The single knob control offers a heat only mode and a heat and motor mode. The unit has built-in heating element so exercise care when cleaning the unit, making sure that water does not go into the base of the unit.
JM Posner Classic Three Tier Chocolate Fountain 900 grams – BIG
The Classic Three Tier Chocolate Fountain from JM Posner shares the same heating base and pump with another JM Posner’s chocolate fountain, the Cascade Chocolate Fountain Plus. It requires 900 grams of chocolate to run and measures. The stainless steel three tier fountain system is easy to wash and durable while the stainless steel finish base wipes clean. Perfect for parties, weddings and other special celebratory occasions.
VonShef Premium Luxury Chocolate Fondue Fountain shares the same heating base and three tier fountain as Andrew James’s Stainless Steel Chocolate Fountain. The fountain is easy to set up and once ready offers an eye-catching center piece for any occassion. With its dual controls, you can set the heat or motor separately. The feet is adjustable for optimum, even and smooth flow.
Elgento E26005 Mini Chocolate Fountain – SMALL, COMPACT
A small entry from Elgento, the E26005 Mini Chocolate Fountain works exactly the same as the bigger versions, just in smaller scale therefore needing less chocolate to start off. Great for small family or group of friends, the small unit also meant you can pack this with you on short trips or to a party. There is neither a big drip tray or an integrated serving bowl which makes it compact for easy of storage.
A full size chocolate fountain from Gourmey Gadgetry, this retro diner style unit features stainless steel 3 stage fountain with stainless steel bowl and dark gray base unit. The tier section is removable for easy storage. The base has adjustable feet to manually set the unit once on the table for a level operation. A smaller bright red or dark gray mini version with 500 gram capacity is also available.
The All Important Ingredient
Once you have the chocolate fountain, do not forget the all important ingredients and skewers. Check out these amazing cook books and recipes for inspiration.