We had a chocolate fountain at our women’s retreat this spring. I’m thinking, if it can be pulled off there, where we had no access to a kitchen, it could be pulled off just about anywhere. Being that we were setting up in a building out in the woods, with running water being about our only kitchen convenience, I streamlined the goodies used- it was easy to rinse strawberries and set out boxes of this and that, and it worked. Minimal fussing, maximum enjoyment!
Previously, I had used another pretty easy approach, letting the oven warm some of the chocolate mix, which helped me to avoid having to babysit the stuff (stirring it regularly in a double boiler and all that). I added the remaining ingredients after 30 minutes, giving it another 30 minutes in the oven. It just took one good stir, and it was ready to pour into the machine.
This most recent time, I used a crockpot to warm the ingredients. No extra stirring really (except at the end). After an hour or so, it was ready to pour into the fountain. And get eaten up. Yum! (See bottom of page for that recipe.)
Chocolate Fountain for 50
Use more or less dark chocolate, according to taste. Serves around 50.
- 1/2 c. + 1 TBS. coconut oil
- 3.6 lb. chocolate chips (part dark, broken into pieces, if desired)
- Optional:.2 TBS. cocoa butter, chopped
Add coconut oil and about half of the chocolate in a big bowl and warm in a 170° oven*for 30 minutes, until melted. .Use: > 1/2 c. + 1 TBS. cocoa butter, chopped> About 5 c. (1.80 lb.) chocolate chips > Optional: 2 TBS.
Stir well. Add the remaining chocolate chips (about 4 1/2 c.) and warm in oven again for another 30 minutes.
Pour into machine, according to directions. Make sure it’s very, very level.
Serve with pineapple, angel food cake, strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows, etc. If using bananas, add lemon juice to protect from browning.
Easy Chocolate Fountain for 70, Crockpot-Style
It’s suggested that 4 lb. should serve 50 or so. For our event, 5 lb. served 70 ladies.
- .62 coconut oil
- 5 lb. chocolate chips (part 70% dark, broken into pieces, if desired)
- Optional: .15 lb. cocoa butter, chopped
- Five 2-lb. pkg. fresh strawberries
- 1 lb. pretzel sticks
- 1 box graham crackers
- 1 bag marshmallows
- 1-2 angel food cakes
Melt all ingredients in crockpot; on high, it may take an hour or so, with some stirring, and supervision to be sure it doesn’t get too hot. On low, it may take two hours. Use: .> .62 coconut oil > 5 lb. chocolate chips (part darker chocolate if desired) >
Pour into machine, according to directions. Make sure it’s very, very level. The machine will hold 4 lb. of chocolate (or a bit more), so leave some of the chocolate in the crockpot, to replenish later, if necessary.
Serve with favorite accompaniments.