We know: it's hard to take your eyes - and fingers - away for a moment from that delicious curtain of cascading dipping chocolate that flows so tantalizingly from your chocolate fountain. But if you can spare just a minute or two, you may find that these chocolate fountain recipes will open up tasty new entertainment possibilities for parties, weddings, and other special events. For example, one of the chocolate fountain ideas you may not have considered is using your fountain to serve something other than chocolate, such as caramel or barbecue sauce. Dip into one of these creative recipes at your next chocolate fountain party.
Simple chocolate fountain recipes
The novice fountaineer has to start somewhere, and there's no chocolate fountain recipe more basic than chocolate solitaire. One of the best fountain chocolates is couverture chocolate, which has a higher concentration of cocoa butter; this creates a smoother, more elegant curtain. When purchasing fountain chocolate, estimate about ¼ cup per person:
- 20 guests or fewer: 4 pounds
- 20 to 50 guests: 8 pounds
- 50 to 100 guests: 12 pounds
- 100 to 150 guests: 16 pounds
- 150 to 200 guests: 20 pounds
Ensure adequate pre-party heating time for the chocolate to melt and make sure that the chocolate you use is compatible with chocolate fountains.
• Chocolate Almond
For every 5 pounds of melted chocolate, stir in 1 tablespoon of almond extract and 1 ½ cups of amaretto.
Caramel is a little more difficult to work with than dip chocolate because it tends to form air bubble, and it thickens as it's heated. Purchase as many pounds of caramel as needed for your event and combine with water in a ratio of 5:1. Mix the caramel and water over low heat and transfer to the fountain when melted. To prevent thickening and/or air bubbles, stir occasionally and add water every 45 minutes.
• Nacho cheese
The same 5:1 caramel-to-water ratio can be used with cans of nacho cheese sauce and water (or barbecue sauce). As with caramel, add water periodically to the nacho cheese mix to prevent thickening.
• Ranch dressing
As a buffet supplement or the cascading center of an array of veggie platters, a chocolate fountain with ranch dressing is a great idea for banquets, church socials, or similar events. No heat is necessary in this case. Just add dressing, and turn on the fountain auger. Light ranch dressing will flow better; standard ranch may be thinned with water.
Elaborate chocolate fountain recipes
A chocolate fountain is always a memorable treat, but for one-of-a-kind events like a graduation party or chocolate fountain wedding reception - complete with chocolate fountain wedding cake - you want something extra special. These chocolate fountain recipes will require a little more work and careful preparation, but the results will be worth it. For larger parties, scale up the ingredient amounts accordingly.
• Strawberries and cream
Throwing a Valentine's Day party? This is the perfect chocolate fountain recipe for it, right down to the color. As ingredients, you'll need 1 ½ pounds of cream cheese, 2 cups of milk, 2 cups of plain yogurt, 2 cups of strawberry preserves, and ½ cup of sugar. Mix the cream cheese and sugar to a smooth consistency and then blend in the strawberry preserves - make sure they're well-blended for best fountain results. Blend in the yogurt and then add the milk; you may need less than 2 cups of milk to get the consistency you want.
• Caramel and raspberry
Celebrate love's sweetness with this delectable recipe. It takes 10 cups of sugar, 2 cups of raspberry flavoring, 2 cups of corn syrup, 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, 1 cup of water, and 2 cubes of butter. Using a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water, and stir over 330°F heat until melted (or medium amber in color). Remove the saucepan from heat to allow bubbling to cease, then slowly and carefully stir in cream. Add the butter and raspberry flavoring, and stir until smooth (if the mix has thickened, heating briefly will dilute it). Add water to adjust consistency. If air bubbles appear during fountain use, stirring in some hot water should fix the problem.
The spicy goodness of cinnamon is a tasty treat that could be used at a wide range of parties. For this recipe, you'll need 6 cups of corn syrup (light), 4 cups of sugar, 1 cup of Red Hots, and 1 cup of water. Bring the corn syrup, sugar, and water to a boil in your saucepan before adding the cinnamon candy. Boil this mixture until it reaches a temperature of 220°F. Let the mixture cool slightly before adding it to the fountain and operate the fountain on high heat. As thickness increases, dilute with water as needed.
• Chocolate espresso and rum
Need a chocolate fountain recipe with a little more zip for an adults-only party? This should do the trick. For every pound of dipping chocolate, add 5 cups of espresso, 5 cups of fat-free milk, and 1/3 cup of rum.
• Chocolate hazelnut
Chocolate hazelnut is always a favorite flavor at holiday parties. For every pound of melted chocolate, add 1 pound (16 ounces) of hazelnut spread and 1/8 cup of vegetable oil. Melt the hazelnut spread on medium heat, and slowly stir in the oil until the mix has the same consistency as the melted chocolate. Stir the mix into the melted dip chocolate. If the mix is too thick for adequate flow, dilute with oil. Your chocolate fountain should be operated on high heat with this recipe.