A chocolate fountain is a lovely, elegant addition to any buffet or even a dinner party. It adds a unique touch, and is guaranteed to be a hit with your guests.
Once you've got your fountain, you'll need to purchase the chocolate for it. There are some specific brands that are marketed as chocolate for fountains, and while you technically can use just about any chocolate that you want, you'll need to keep a few things in mind.
First of all, you will want to select a chocolate that has a high cocoa butter content (between 33 to 36 percent would be ideal). A high cocoa butter content in the chocolate will allow it to flow smoothly and silkily over the tiers. Chocoley and Sephra are two prominent brands that are marketed specifically for fountains, and they contain a much higher percentage of cocoa butter than your standard chocolate bar from the supermarket (which is why they work so well). Both of these have a good chocolate flavor and work perfectly in a fountain.
Another good chocolate for fountains is a Belgian chocolate called Couverture. A good milk chocolate that would work well is Callebaut Belgian milk chocolate (at 36 percent cocoa butter, it's ready to use and will melt beautifully in the fountain).
As mentioned in the beginning, you technically can use just about any chocolate for fondue fountains; just keep in mind that if you do select a chocolate with a lower cocoa butter content, you will need to add quite a bit of oil to give it a good consistency in the fountain. Paraffin wax can also be added to chocolate to give it an extra glossy shine. Keep in mind, however, that the oil will change the flavor of the chocolate, so while it may look good, it might not taste very good.
Some people recommend using a more expensive chocolate in a fountain; however, you may want to try out a variety of chocolates to see what you like best. In this area, it is very much a matter of taste. You can spend a lot on a high-quality chocolate, but it's not always necessary. Often an inexpensive chocolate that you buy at your local grocery store will work just as well. Since you'll need a fairly large amount of chocolate, you may even want to check out your local big box store to see if you can grab a big block at a decent price.
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