Chocolate fountains have become common for weddings, parties and other large events. They serve as both a decorative and fun centrepiece and a delicious dessert. Setting up a chocolate fountain is fairly simple, especially if you hire one as the company typically sets it up for you. The only thing you really have to think about is what to serve for dipping and how to serve it.
Besides the fountain itself the most important ingredient is the chocolate. Make your own chocolate to save some money. Double boil 710 ml of milk chocolate chips with three chopped unsweetened chocolate squares and 3/4 cup of vegetable oil. Stir until melted, and then pour into the fountain's base and turn on the fountain.
Lay on a variety of foods for guests to dip in the chocolate. For fruit try cherries, strawberries, banana slices, pineapple wedges, apple pieces or mandarin orange wedges. Make it a true dessert with a sweet treat for dipping such as coconut balls, marshmallows, cake cubes, sponge fingers or chocolate brownies. Some people like a mixture of sweet and salty, so provide miniature bagels and crisps. If you have a particular favourite food, consider putting it out as well.
Make sure you provide all the necessary dishes and cutlery so guests aren't just sticking their fingers in the chocolate fountain. Toothpicks, long skewers, napkins, forks and plates are all must-haves. Set all these beside the chocolate fountain so people can help themselves and tuck in.