Making Chocolate Tastier: Quick reference for Chocolate Fountain Dipping
Chocolate is awesomely delicious on its own, but with the right kinds of dipping, nothing can beat it. Especially when you have a chocolate fountain going on. I am pretty crazy about chocolate and like to get my chocolate fountain going on every occasion.
Over the last two years, I’ve tried eating all kinds of stuff with chocolate, guided by the belief that everything must be dipped in chocolate. But believe me, not everything goes with hot, cascading chocolate! Individual preferences may vary, but I have a go-to lists of dipping that most people seem to enjoy. If you are planning to have a chocolate fountain at your next party or event, and are wondering what dipping items will tickle the taste buds of most of your guests, I’d suggest you go with:
- Fruits: Fresh, crunchy fruits taste delicious with chocolate (I like them best when they are kept chilled over ice). And they look good when arranged in pretty bowls around the fountain. You can go for: Apple wedges, strawberries, cantaloupe, mango slices, kiwis, orange slices, grapes, bananas, pineapples, berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries), and most other fresh fruits. Needless to say, most dry fruits go well with chocolates too.
- Cookies: If you are an irredeemable sweet lover, fruits may not do the trick for you. You will have to plunge cookies in waves of hot chocolate. Try mint, chocolate chip, vanilla wafers, vanilla bean magic shells, cocoa popsicles, shortbreads, chocolate chip coconut macaroons, and any other cookies that capture your fancy.
- All-time Favorites:There’s stuff you could dip in chocolate, and then there’s stuff this is made to be dipped in chocolate. If you don’t want any hassles and want to go for the classic dipping items, you can’t go wrong with macaroons, marshmallows, dry apricot, meringue, small pretzel sticks, sponge cakes, granola bars, frozen Twinkies, sweet potato chips, and peanut butter crackers.
- Offbeat: If you are the more adventurous type and feel that your bunch will enjoy slathering chocolate over foods that may not necessarily be dipping items, you can (at your own risk!) dip cookie dough balls, waffles, nut clusters, ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, donut holes, popcorn, gummy bears, brownie bites, bread puddings, or pie (cherry, apple, pumpkin, peach) pieces.
These are simply suggestions – you can dip almost any food into chocolate and enjoy it. The only criteria is that you must like it.
Quick Note on How to Serve
While it is fun to eat chocolate dirty, you don’t want guests to drop it all over your floor, nor do you want it all over their clothes. So, it is best to place skewers, napkins and plates handy. The best way to eat from a chocolate fountain is to place dipping items (make sure they are not too small) on the plate, and then place the pieces under the running fountain, with their plate close by to avoid spillage on the ground.
But you can bet that not many of the people will end up dripping chocolate on the floor. You can take a tip from the pros and use a chocolate fountain drip guard to minimize the spillage in the fountain. Happy dipping!