Chocolate fountains are a fun addition to any party or celebration! From how to use a chocolate fountain to what kind of chocolate you need, we’ll break down all your FAQ’s about this classic machine!
Chocolate fountains are a great way to bring some fun to your party menu. Plus, who doesn’t love treats covered in chocolate?! They also come in a variety of sizes. Standard fountains usually hold about 4 lbs. of chocolate, but you can also find smaller fountains that hold about 1 lb. of chocolate (great for Valentine’s Day!).
Fun for dipping cookies, strawberries, pretzels and more, a chocolate fountain is sure to stand out on your treats table. And with this helpful 101 guide, you’ll be able to feature your fountain at every gathering from here on out!
How to Use a Chocolate Fountain
Though each chocolate fountain is different, they all have a similar set-up. If you’re using the Wilton Chocolate Pro fountain, all you need to do is preheat your machine by turning the dial on the front.
When your machine is preheating, melt your chocolate in the microwave or on the stovetop, then pour it into the fountain. Turn the dial to “Flow” and start dipping!
How Does a Chocolate Fountain Work?
The workings of a fountain begin in the base, which holds a heating element that keeps your chocolate at a liquid state. The melted chocolate then moves up a large screw auger (sometimes called an Archimedes’ screw), which cycles constantly to move the melted chocolate up to the top of the machine.
From there, the melted chocolate flows over the tiers and back into the base, where it is reheated and used again.
What Kind of Chocolate Can Be Used in a Chocolate Fountain?
If you’re using a Wilton-branded fountain, we suggest using Wilton Chocolate Pro Chocolate Melting Wafers, which are made especially for our chocolate fountains.
These chocolate wafers don’t have to be tempered and are designed to melt easily. Plus, they taste delicious on any treat!
You can also use most milk, dark or white chocolate with your fountain. Just be sure to check the instructions that come with your fountain, as you’ll need to add oil to your chocolate to get it to the right viscosity. For easy reference, here’s a guide if you’re using the Wilton Chocolate Pro Fountain:
|Type of Chocolate||Amount||Vegetable Oil||Maximum Temperature|
|Wilton Chocolate Pro Chocolate||4 lbs. (64 dry oz.)||None||175 degrees F|
|Milk and Semi-Sweet Chocolate||4 lbs. (64 dry oz.)||1 1/2 cups||175 degrees F|
|White Chocolate||4 lbs. (64 dry oz.)||1/2 cup||120 degrees F|
Can You Use Candy Melts in a Chocolate Fountain?
We do not recommend using Candy Melts candy in your chocolate fountain. Candy Melts don’t have the right viscosity to run through the fountain and you don’t want to risk breaking your machine!
If you want to dip treats in melted Candy Melts, try using the Candy Melting Pot instead. It doesn’t flow, but it will keep your candy warm and at the perfect temperature for dipping.
How to Melt Chocolate for a Chocolate Fountain
You can melt your chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove. Just be sure your chocolate is completely melted before adding it to your fountain. If you need to add any oil to your chocolate, make sure that is incorporated as well before pouring it into your fountain.
How to Clean a Chocolate Fountain
Once you’re done using your fountain, turn it off and unplug it from the wall. You want your fountain to cool slightly before cleaning, but don’t wait too long because you don’t want the chocolate to harden, either.
Remove and disassemble the screw auger and center tube pieces. These can be hand-washed or placed in the dishwasher.
Dispose of any chocolate remaining in the bowl while it is still melted and fluid. Allowing the chocolate to harden may damage the fountain, rendering it unusable.
Wipe the inside of the metal bowl with a damp cloth or sponge, repeating until all the food particles are gone.
What to Dip in a Chocolate Fountain
Here are a few tasty treats that you can dip in your chocolate fountain!
- Fresh fruits (strawberries, oranges and pineapple are great!)
- Pretzel sticks
- Brownie bites
- Cheesecake bites
Helpful Hints for Using a Chocolate Fountain
Make sure all the utensils you’re using to melt your chocolate are thoroughly dry before using. Any water can cause your chocolate to seize.
Avoid dipping foods that are dry and crumbly, as solid food pieces can cause the screw auger to jam.
If the flow is uneven or broken, check to make sure the fountain is properly level and the correct amount of melted chocolate is being used. You can also try turning the dial to “Off”, then let it sit for about 30 seconds. Then turn the dial back to “Flow”.
If your fountain stops during operation, turn the unit off, unplug it from the wall and check for any clogs or obstructions.
How to Use a Chocolate Fountain
- Chocolate Pro Fountain
- Preheat your chocolate fountain.
- While your machine preheats, melt your chocolate in a microwave or on the stovetop, then pour it into the fountain.
- Turn the dial to "Flow" and start dipping!
And that’s all there is to it! With this helpful 101 guide, you’ll be able to feature your chocolate fountain at any and every celebration!