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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A chocolate fountain is a device for serving chocolate fondue.
Typical examples resemble a stepped cone, standing 2-4 feet tall
with a crown at the top and stacked tiers over a basin at the
bottom. The basin is heated to keep the chocolate in a liquid
state so it can be pulled into a center cylinder then vertically
transported to the top of the fountain by a corkscrew auger.
From there it flows over the tiers creating a chocolate
"waterfall" in which food items like strawberries or
marshmallows can be dipped.
Types of chocolate fountains. Chocolate fountains can be
categorized as commercial-use and personal-use.
Commercial chocolate fountains
Commercial chocolate fountains usually range in size from about
20" to 50" tall and are designed for use in professional
environments such as catering. These fountains are normally
constructed of food-grade stainless steel and, as such, are
quite durable. Depending on the model, commercial chocolate
fountains may hold as much as 35 pounds of chocolate.
Home chocolate fountains
Home chocolate fountains range in size up to about 19" tall.
They are primarily made of plastic and may have some stainless
steel components (although all-stainless models do exist) and
are usually dishwasher safe. Home chocolate fountains normally
hold 6 or fewer pounds of chocolate.
Chocolate fountain - Melted chocolate is very temperamental, so
rich couverture chocolate, which is high in cocoa butter, is
commonly used to ensure consistent flow. If the cocoa butter
content of the chocolate is too low, an additive must be mixed
in to decrease viscosity. (Vegetable oil is most commonly used
to do this.) But even couverture chocolate—unless specifically
designed for fountains—often still requires an additive to make
it flow smoothly. Because of this, it is highly recommended that
chocolate formulated specifically for fountains be used to avoid
the need for the addition of vegetable oil, as the oil gives a
slimy, gritty taste and texture to the chocolate. Few chocolate
fountains are capable of melting chocolate directly in the
basin, so chocolate is typically melted in a microwave or double
boiler before pouring it into the fountain.
The fluid dynamics of home chocolate fountains are particularly
problematic, since the gravitational forces are much lower than
the viscous forces; this means that small chocolate fountains
need a very high proportion of vegetable oil. There is a
trade-off between looks and taste: if perfect smooth flow may be
sacrificed, it's possible to use non-oily chocolate.
A cheaper alternative to couverture chocolate is
chocolate-flavored syrup, also called "chocolate coating".
Chocolate coating is already in liquid form and costs much less
than couverture chocolate - although many would argue that the
extra expense of gourmet Belgian couverture chocolate is more
than worth it. Another alternative is to use dark chocolate,
such as 70% cocoa chocolate. This contains much less sugar, so
it isn't so sticky; a small quantity of hot water may be added
to thin it further.
Chocolate fountain machines were invented by Ben Brisman and
popularized by a Canadian company called Design & Realisation[
the popularity of which was relatively mild until other
companies like Buffet Enhancements and Sephra stepped into the
marketplace and made the product more visible by broadening the
clientele demographic and expanding the customer base.
Originally, the market was entirely commercial, with chocolate
fountains costing thousands of dollars and requiring significant
upkeep. The popularity of chocolate fountains grew to a point of
demand at a consumer retail level as people who had seen
commercial models at catered events inquired about purchasing
their own fountains. Then, at the end of 2004, the Hellmann
Group began marketing the Nostalgia Chocolate Fountain for
personal use. Sephra followed close behind, introducing a line
of high-end home chocolate fountains in 2005. These new
personal-use models were targeted to be priced for everyday
consumers and easy to use.
This expansion into the retail market caused the demand to peak
drastically. Consumers drooled over the new home models and the
idea of chocolate fountains became more commonplace. As a
result, the catering industry saw more requests for chocolate
fountains at events. This also provoked a creative splash in the
fondue world. Flavoring oils such as mint, orange, and
cappuccino were developed to give the chocolate extra taste.
Caterers began adding food coloring to white chocolate to make
it coincide with special holidays or events. Caterers and home
users created special recipes for a variety of fondues that
would flow well in a fountain. Some of the more popular recipes
included caramel, cheese, maple syrup, ranch dressing, and BBQ
sauce. Because of the growing practice of using chocolate
fountains for other types of fondue, chocolate fountains became
interchangeably referred to as "fondue fountains".
Today, commercial chocolate fountains are a common fixture at
well-to-do galas, weddings, and catered parties; while home
chocolate fountains are more commonly seen at birthday parties
and friendly gatherings. The Jean-Philippe Patisserie at the
Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas is home to the world's tallest
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