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Help ! Chocolate Fountain...

i bought a chocy fountain last week and i intend to use it during the christmas holidays...

i need help in selecting what chocolate to use ? i love cadburys, can i just buy a few big bars of this then put it into the machine ? or do you have to pre melt it ?

iv got NO idea =) iv heard you need to use cooking oil ? is that right ? would this make it taste nasty ?

any advice from melting the chocolate to cleaning the fountain would be greatly appreciated, i think others may benifit too as alot of these are selling !!

Cheers

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I used Cadbury's and it was way too thick, clogged up the fountain and the chocolate wouldn't flow. Thornton's do special chocolate for chocolate fountains, otherwise if you add vegetable oil the chocolate will flow, but I worried it'd taste yukky

Yes adding oil tastes minging! I use the thorntons droplets, they are only 3.50 a bag and taste supreme.

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Thanks both for your input
Rep given (hopefully if they havent changed it ! )

bought 10 bars of asdas own chocolate for our one. Worked a treat but had to use a lot of oil to get it runny enough.

Easiest to melt it on the hob above boiling water but dont put the chocolate in all at once as it will take too long to melt.

Hope this helps.

And DON'T use Galaxy...way too thick! I found Co-op Fairtrade lovely although expensive

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Isn't this problem more to do with people buying cheap chocolate fountains that just don't have the same high powered heating elements as the more expensive ones?

If you mix in some high percentage cocoa solid chocolate it cuts down the need for oil and gives it a richer flavour.
I use 2 parts Asda milk chocolate to 1 part Lidl Fin Carre 74% dark chocolate.
Melt it first by putting 900g of the mixture broken up into a big basin and heat in a microwave oven. Heat for 30 seconds then stir. Then another 30 seconds and stir etc etc.
Careful: TOO HOT TOO FAST = Fudge. Did that once. Tasted nice but useless for the fountain.
Pour it into the fountain and keep it going on heat and motor all the time until its finished with. You'll probably need to add a LITTLE BIT of sunflower oil. Pour it slowly straight into the fountain when it's going.
Preparing it this way only takes about 10 minutes.
To clean: DON'T LET IT SET. As soon as you have turned it off and unplugged it scrape as much out as possible into a tub with a lid for storing in the fridge for next time. Then lick all parts for 20 minutes. Then run under the hot tap until the chocolate is washed away. DON'T GET THE ELECTRICS WET. Finish off by washing in soapy water until it's not smeary any more.
I bought mine cheap for £9.99 from Netto a year ago so I don't think expensive=better.

Never tried it but could you not just melt in the microwave & add milk to make more runny instead of oil?

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Never tried it but could you not just melt in the microwave & add milk to … Never tried it but could you not just melt in the microwave & add milk to make more runny instead of oil?


Thats a very valid point..... im pretty sure this will work ? any reasons why it wouldnt ?

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If you mix in some high percentage cocoa solid chocolate it cuts down the … If you mix in some high percentage cocoa solid chocolate it cuts down the need for oil and gives it a richer flavour.I use 2 parts Asda milk chocolate to 1 part Lidl Fin Carre 74% dark chocolate.Melt it first by putting 900g of the mixture broken up into a big basin and heat in a microwave oven. Heat for 30 seconds then stir. Then another 30 seconds and stir etc etc. Careful: TOO HOT TOO FAST = Fudge. Did that once. Tasted nice but useless for the fountain.Pour it into the fountain and keep it going on heat and motor all the time until its finished with. You'll probably need to add a LITTLE BIT of sunflower oil. Pour it slowly straight into the fountain when it's going.Preparing it this way only takes about 10 minutes.To clean: DON'T LET IT SET. As soon as you have turned it off and unplugged it scrape as much out as possible into a tub with a lid for storing in the fridge for next time. Then lick all parts for 20 minutes. Then run under the hot tap until the chocolate is washed away. DON'T GET THE ELECTRICS WET. Finish off by washing in soapy water until it's not smeary any more.I bought mine cheap for £9.99 from Netto a year ago so I don't think expensive=better.


Pretty much sums everything up thanks

Lick all parts for 20 minutes, lol!

Yeah normal chocolate tends to be too thick and just clogs up the fountain. Premelting it first helps a bit but your better off buying chocolate specifically for chocolate fountains.

I'm pretty sure i seen BHS were selling huge bags of chocolate drops especially for chocolate fountains for a tenner a while back when i was in, you could try there if there is a store near you.

I use Thorntons chocolate which is especially for fountains. Also use Olive Oil to make it smoother.

Most chocolate is too thick for fountains, thorntons have the right chocolate made into buttons which melt easily.
Delicious, especially with bananas dipped in it!

If, like me, you think the idea of adding cooking oil sounds gross then you can use cocoa butter powder as an alternative to make normal chocolate flow properly.

This place is the cheapest that I found it for and you add 10g per kilo of chocolate
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If you use a higher concentrate of coca solids choc it will also give a better effect ie anything with 80% or above but you may find it a bit bitter, so mix with milk choc as well.

try these guys chocolatefountainwarehouse.co.uk/acc…tml
last order date is the 21st their prices arent bad and they sell all the accessories, or better still, use cadburys thinned down with baileys mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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