Despite the fancy name, chocolate fountains are nothing more than a stainless steel machine which dispenses chocolate fondue. A motor at the base of the fountain is used for heating the prepared chocolate morsels that are placed in a heating tray. The liquid chocolate is then pushed up a tube by a central corkscrew. After reaching the top, the chocolate flows out, usually through multiple tiers. The chocolate flows into one tray and spills on to the next till it reaches the bottom tier. After the chocolate cascade reaches the base of the fountain, the whole process is repeated again. A microwave or a double boiler are sometimes used to accelerate the first melting. The fountain is conical screw and barrel customarily placed on a table that can hold a minimum of 40 pounds and is near an electrical socket.
Couverture chocolate, which is high in cocoa butter, is the preferred kind many people use in chocolate fountains. The chocolate can be either milk or dark. Chocolate with a low content of cocoa butter must be moistened with vegetable oil which can impact the flavor of the chocolate itself. You can use chocolate fountains at home, and even commercial ones are often used for events such as parties, movie premieres, launches of products and bar mitzvahs. A smaller home fountain can serve on average 25 people. Chocolate fountains are available for rent from catering companies and party supply stores. Catering services, especially, rent out the fountain along with an attendant that will operate the fountain properly, and will keep it protected from curious little ones. Tidbits such as fruit pieces, cheesecakes, marshmallows, etc are kept around the fountain.
These can be skewered on to toothpicks and dipped in the fountain. Most foods that do not easily crumble can be dipped in the fountain.Chocolate fountains are typically rented by the hour, and the fee includes the attendant and the amount of chocolate used. On average, most people only need chocolate fountains for about two hours, either during appetizers or during dessert. They might also be added as an item on a buffet table. Installing a chocolate fountain in the outdoors is not recommended as insects get drawn by the aroma of chocolate and breeze may disrupt the flow.Author bio: Frederick Baker is an expert in cabin living and decorating. This log furniture is some of the most attractive rustic furniture you will find anywhere.