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Chocolate Fountains for rental
January 20, 2005
3:52 pm
redroom3011
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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For those of you who are looking for something a bit more indulgent, take at look at the following website: http://www.liquidchocolate.co.uk. They provide chocolate fountains for rental across the UK and are as seen on the Vicar of Dibley!

Fantastic idea!

January 20, 2005
6:39 pm
Masur
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I'm quite happy with my electric chocolate melting pot bought for less than £16. It's a budget chocolate fondue soultion but I can also mould my own chocolate. Up to 4 hours rental of a Chocolate Fountains costs from £337.50. That's a lot more. How much would it cost to buy a Chocolate Fountain?

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January 20, 2005
9:35 pm
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The last one I looked at buying was about 3300 US dollars for the middle of the road version. There's a presentation factor (ohh! ahh!) about a fountain vs a melting pot. I'd heard that the catalog found in the back of every airplane seat around the world now has an inexpensive fountain screw that sits inside your existing meltnig pots, and can be had for about 100 US dollars, but I keep forgetting to look.

January 24, 2005
7:28 pm
JasonBunting
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That fountain looks gross to me . . . I mean, I first off would think this would cause the chocolate to dry out quickly, since the surface area is so huge, and second, just more surface area for the chocolate to attract undesirable stuff from the surrounding air (floating hairs, germs, etc.) . . . call me paranoid.

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January 25, 2005
10:31 pm
vmixr2000
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Small economical chocolate fountains are available at http://www.stacksandstacks.com.....untain.htm for $110.

January 26, 2005
11:17 am
Martin Christy
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Jason, the fountains work very well and don't dry out at all - they do need to be kept clean though.

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January 27, 2005
12:42 am
Hans-Peter Rot
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As long as there's heat caused via movement (friction), there shouldn't be a problem with the chocolate clumping up or hardening. Although, I often wondered about the risk of any kind of contaminants winding up in the chocolate. For example, what if someone accidentally dropped their pound cake in it? But I guess this isn't any serious threat, as long as no one takes a bath in it.

January 27, 2005
12:58 pm
Sebastian
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There's an auger in the center of the fountain that pushes the chocolate up, and it's shielded to protect against large object entry (or even pretty small objects, for that matter). If a pound cake was dropped in, it'd never make it to the auger in the first place - even if it did, it'd just be torn up into itty bitty pieces

June 12, 2005
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chenddyna
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where does one use the fountain, as a centre piece for a buffet or in a chocolate store? I saw images of it, what I did not understand is, if people use it as a fondue pot, then doesn't the residue remain in the chocolate? just wondering.

June 12, 2005
11:27 pm
Hans-Peter Rot
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Chocolate fountains are used for a variety of events, such as birthday parties, weddings, and even corporate meetings. If you can afford to rent one, then there really isn't a designated purpose for it. Usually, certain foods that aren't crumbly, such as certain fruits, marshmallows, and pretzels are used as dipping foods. Pound cake crumbs or fragile berries (blackberries, raspberries, etc.) can manage to sneak their way into the chocolate flow, so these machines require heavy maintenance in order to prevent clogging. Some machines use augers (a big screw-like device) that lift the chocolate inside the machine so that it can cascade down on the outside, while others might use a pump, the latter of which is more prone to clogging and in need of greater maintenance.

June 18, 2005
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chocolatero
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Have to agree with Jason on this
IT IS DISGUSTING , at best a gimmick
3 main reasons
- choco takes taste of air quickly
-in order to make it flow nicely, most people add a lot of oil
-really unhygienic, people's germs etc.
Pierre marcolini had one in one of his shops in Belgium. People were putting their fingers in it etc. had to cage it very quickly!
Beurk!!!
Chocolatero

June 18, 2005
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ellie
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Yes, absolutely. That's a thing which subconsciously turn people of chocolate. I've seen (experienced?) a huge bubling chocolate vat, presented as a modernist sculptural piece - you could smell that cloying aroma few rooms before coming to it. Fontains equally revolting and unclean. What for? Big communal fondue idea?

June 18, 2005
5:40 pm
Hans-Peter Rot
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It's all for show...one large, three-tiered chocolate fondue.

August 19, 2005
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I'm certainly glad to hear that I'm not the only one who's seriously put off by these things. I was at the fancy food show a while back and they were all the rage. Ick. They just look nasty to me...nothing like the real chocolate I know and love.

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August 20, 2005
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Hans-Peter Rot
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Alaska has a giant waterfall, allegedly the largest in the world:

http://www.alaskawildberryprod.....store.html

Not that it provides any consolation to our censure, but it certainly is a sight.

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