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Welcome to our big chocolate fountain test 2021. Here we present all the chocolate fountains we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best chocolate fountain for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a chocolate fountain.

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Summary

  • A chocolate fountain is a small tiered fountain filled with melted chocolate that you can dip fresh fruit into.
  • There is a basic distinction between chocolate fountains with a pump and chocolate fountains with a screw conveyor.
  • Depending on how often and for what occasion you want to use your chocolate fountain, you should consider important criteria such as item size and preparation capacity.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a chocolate fountain

What is a chocolate fountain anyway?

As the name suggests, it is a fountain that is filled with liquid chocolate. It's a device that allows liquid chocolate to flow over several tiers, and you can cover your fruit with chocolate between the tiers, like chocolate fondue. This is where the fountain, especially the Italian style fountain is modelled on and creates an idyllic atmosphere. They are particularly popular at weddings, birthdays, New Year's Eve and restaurant buffets.

How is a chocolate fountain constructed and how does it work?

A typical chocolate fountain usually consists of 4 components:

  1. Gear with collecting basin
  2. Centre tube with cascades
  3. Worm shaft/pump
  4. Crown

In the collecting basin, the chocolate is heated or melted by the gear. Then the worm shaft or pump is switched on, which transports the liquid chocolate up the central pipe and down the individual levels (cascades) to the collecting basin. This creates a perpetual cycle until you switch off the gear. The crown serves as the icing on the cake.

Always melt the chocolate in the water bath beforehand and only then put it into the preheated chocolate fountain. When heating, the motto is: less heat is more. That way the chocolate doesn't burn. In our opinion, couverture chocolate with a little oil is best. This makes the chocolate smoother and prevents it from sticking to the chocolate fountain later. To clean it, run hot water through it.

What is the difference between a chocolate fountain and a chocolate fondue?

The chocolate fountain is a special form of a chocolate fondue. The biggest difference between a fountain and a fondue is the structure of the two devices. In a fountain, the heated chocolate flows down several levels. In a chocolate fondue, the chocolate sits in a small container and is heated either with a tea light or electrically.

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Both a chocolate fountain and a chocolate fondue can be a great treat for children and those with a sweet tooth. (Photo: Vasyl Myroshnychenko / 123RF.com)

A chocolate fountain also needs more chocolate than a chocolate fondue to run properly. Therefore, you are more likely to reach for a chocolate fondue if you are alone or a couple and for a chocolate fountain to satisfy several guests.

What are the advantages of a chocolate fountain?

A chocolate fountain not only looks gorgeous, but also offers a fun factor for both your young and older guests. Because you use more chocolate in a chocolate fountain, unlike a chocolate fondue, several guests can snack on the chocolate fountain at the same time. In addition, the chocolate fountain creates a pleasant atmosphere.

When do I need which chocolate fountain?

Chocolate fountain for home use

If you only need a chocolate fountain for a smaller event, such as a birthday or a party with up to 15 guests, you will find it here. There are:

  • Chocolate fountain with stainless steel components
  • Chocolate fountain with plastic components
  • Chocolate fountain double
  • Chocolate fountain with melting function

The fountains differ in material, performance and functionality. Here you will find something for every price range.

Chocolate fountains with stainless steel components

Stainless steel chocolate fountains not only look beautiful and elegant, they are also of higher quality and last longer. The chocolate runs evenly down the smooth cascades and makes for a beautiful fountain appearance. In addition, the individual parts are easier to clean because they are usually dishwasher safe. However, good quality also has its price and therefore costs a little more.

Chocolate fountains with plastic components

Chocolate fountains made of plastic components can vary greatly in quality. High-quality plastic chocolate fountains can very well compete with the stainless steel chocolate fountain if the components are smooth and of a high quality.

However, if the cascades are rougher, gaps can appear between the individual tiers and a nice, smooth chocolate curtain will not result. Depending on the manufacturer, the plastic individual parts are not dishwasher safe and are often tricky to clean.

Chocolate fountain double

To avoid little arguments about which chocolate is better, there is the chocolate fountain double. The Double is a fountain with separate chambers in the collecting basin and centre tubes. Here you can fill two different types of chocolate into the respective chambers at the same time and there is something for every taste. The Double is especially suitable for a larger group of 6 or more people.

Chocolate fountain with melting function

With the melting function, you can save yourself a step with this chocolate fountain and put the chocolate lentils or the chocolate coating directly into the collecting basin and melt them there. If you use a small amount, this will take a few minutes. However, if you are using a larger quantity, you might be quicker if you pre-melt the chocolate.

Chocolate fountains for commercial use

For larger events such as Christmas, New Year's Eve or in the catering industry, the smaller, household models are no longer sufficient and you need the larger models that are geared for commercial use.

Here, the fountains differ mainly in their size, number of cascades (the different levels) and whether they are operated with a pump or with a screw conveyor. The devices in the professional class are usually made of toast-free stainless steel and can be up to 120 cm tall and have a capacity of 12 kg of chocolate.

These products can serve several hundred guests. Large catering services and banquets that use their chocolate fountains daily have chocolate fountain units that can last up to 10 years.

How much does a chocolate fountain cost?

The cost of a chocolate fountain can vary greatly depending on performance, material, size.

Chocolate fountain price
Mini chocolate fountain from 5€
Small chocolate fountain 40€ - 80€
Medium chocolate fountain 80€ - 300€
Professional chocolate fountain 600€ up to several thousand euros

The cheapest and smallest model can currently be found on amazon.de for almost 5 euros. The professional models can go into the four-digit range.

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Mini chocolate fountains with up to 3 cascades cost between 20 and 50 euros. Here you can have a nice evening with your best friends and snack together. (Photo: Vasyl Myroshnychenko / 123RF.com)

Small chocolate fountains cost between 20 and 50 euros and can serve 10 to 15 people. Mid-range products can be found for 80 to 200 euros, and professional models start at 600 euros and can cost upwards of several thousand euros, where you can also satisfy several, hundreds of people.

Can I rent a chocolate fountain?

Before you decide to buy a chocolate fountain, you can of course rent it to see if it's right for you. Perhaps you need it for larger events with many guests. You will find many providers in large cities.

Here, many other services are offered around the chocolate fountain, such as the chocolate coating, which can be pre-melted for an additional charge. In addition, you can book the installation and cleaning of the fountain. You can also order fruit that has already been cut, small pieces of cake and marshmallows, among other things.

How much does a chocolate fountain weigh?

On average, a mini chocolate fountain weighs 300 to 800 g, a small fountain 1 to 5 kg, a medium chocolate fountain 15 to 18 kg, a large fountain about 40 kg and an XXL chocolate fountain about 45 to 50 kg.

Decision: What types of chocolate fountains are there and which one is right for you?

Do you need a chocolate fountain for a special occasion like a big wedding? Or do you just have a sweet tooth and want to sit around the table at home with friends and family and enjoy a cosy evening? There are chocolate fountains for every occasion and you can always add a unique visual touch to your event. We roughly distinguish between two types:

  • Chocolate fountain with pump
  • Chocolate fountain with screw conveyor

Here we show you in more detail what distinguishes the two types and also what advantages and disadvantages there are in each case.

What distinguishes a chocolate fountain with pump and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With a chocolate fountain, there are two different ways in which the chocolate is transported. With a pump, the liquid chocolate is pumped up through a hose and flows down from the crown via the cascades.

Advantages
  • Alternative to the conveying spiral
  • Can also be used with colour/other liquids
Disadvantages
  • Complicated cleaning of the hose
  • Quick formation of lumps
  • Clogging
  • High volume

Chocolate fountains with a pump can be found in mini chocolate fountains that are smaller than 40 cm. However, you have to make sure that the chocolate is very diluted and liquid, otherwise there will be blockages in the hose.

However, you can also use other liquids for your fountain and, for example, convert your chocolate fountain into a colour fountain or a drinks fountain. In addition, the motor for the pump can also be very loud, which can be very distracting during a meal conversation.

What distinguishes a chocolate fountain with a screw conveyor and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

With a screw conveyor, the liquid chocolate is transported up through the centre tube via a conveyor spiral and then runs over the individual tiers. Here, the worm shaft is set in motion by an electric motor.

Advantages
  • Alternative to the pump
  • Easy cleaning
  • Low lump formation
  • Low noise
Disadvantages
  • Thicker consistency of chocolate required

Chocolate fountains with worm gears, on the other hand, are more common nowadays because they usually run more quietly, which is very important if you want to understand your conversation partner and have a more pleasant ambience. They are also easier to clean than a model with a pump.

Depending on the material, the worm shaft can even be dishwasher-safe and make cleaning more convenient. In addition, the chocolate here can be a little thicker than with a pump model, as lumps do not form as quickly with this model.

The worm gear has an advantage here and is more convenient to use and clean.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate chocolate fountains

In the following, various factors are listed for you that are relevant for the purchase of your chocolate fountain:

  • Preparation capacity
  • Chocolate fountain size
  • Item weight
  • Capacity
  • Heating function
  • Keep warm function
  • Material
  • Cleaning
  • Preparation time

In the next sections we explain why these factors are important.

Preparation capacity

Depending on how many guests you want to serve with your chocolate fountain, the size of the preparation capacity plays a big role. As a rule, you should calculate with 70 to 100 g of chocolate per person. This means that with a mini chocolate fountain with a filling capacity of 300-400 g of chocolate, you can satisfy about 3-4 people.

For a party with 10-15 people, you can manage with a chocolate capacity of 1-1.5 kg. However, if your event is larger, such as a wedding or a large corporate party, you may need to go for a professional machine, which you can either buy or rent. Here you can also make several hundred people happy. It is important that you fill the fountain with the minimum amount of chocolate so that the chocolate can flow steadily.

Size of the chocolate fountain

Since not everyone has an infinite amount of space in their household, it is important for you to know for what occasion you need a chocolate fountain in order to estimate the size you really need. A smaller fountain will give you a lot of mobility, but a larger one will give you more stability, which you need for a large crowd.

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However, with a smaller chocolate fountain, the cascade distance (the distance between each tier) may be too small, making it harder to chocolate your fruit. (Photo: Olga Nurgaleeva / 123RF.com)

If you buy a chocolate fountain that is too small for your needs, you may get a "snack jam" and have to refill it more often, which means more work for you. However, a chocolate fountain that is too big means that you need more storage space than you really need and you use more chocolate coating than necessary.

The bigger your chocolate fountain, the more guests can nibble on it at the same time.

Item weight

The weight of the item depends on its size. The bigger your machine is, the heavier it is. This is a good factor, however, because if you have a larger machine with hot chocolate running through it, you don't want it to tip over, which could injure you. Also, you would then have a huge mess to clean up if the fountain fell over. However, a heavy weight here also limits your mobility.

Power

If you want your chocolate to run liquid over the cascades and form a nice curtain, the motor of your machine needs a certain amount of power to do so. A 60W fountain will not run as smoothly as a 170W unit. However, you will have to dig deeper into your wallet and spend more for better motor power.

The higher your appliance, the more power your chocolate fountain will need.

Heating function

With an integrated heating or melting function, you can save yourself the trouble of pre-melting the chocolate and just pour the chocolate lentils directly into the appliance to melt it. However, it is questionable whether you can save time here.

Despite the melting function, many manufacturers recommend that you pre-melt the chocolates either in the microwave or in a water bath. If you are preparing a large quantity, pre-melting in a bain-marie or microwave is definitely recommended to save time. However, if you are only using a small amount, you can save yourself the work and melt it in the drip tray.

Keep warm

To keep the chocolate flowing smoothly through your chocolate fountain, the keep warm function is essential for your machine. It is important that your fountain reaches a temperature of 45 to 55 °C to maintain a perfect consistency. If it is too cool, the chocolate will solidify too quickly and no longer flow nicely. In the worst case, lumps form and blockages can occur. If the temperature is too warm, the chocolate may burn and become bitter.

Material

The big question here is whether you choose a stainless steel or plastic machine.

Plastic

Advantages
  • Cheaper price
  • Lighter appliances
Disadvantages
  • Not always dishwasher safe
  • Scratch sensitive
  • Usually inferior to stainless steel

Chocolate fountains made of plastic elements are usually cheaper and the appliances are often lighter than those made of stainless steel. However, they are often not dishwasher safe and more difficult to clean. However, it usually depends on whether you have bought a product from the upper or lower price range.

Even a high-quality chocolate fountain made of hard plastic can compete with stainless steel models. An inferior device made of poor, rough plastic can cause gaps in the chocolate curtain and is not a nice overall picture.

Stainless steel

Advantages
  • High quality
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Easy to clean
Disadvantages
  • Expensive price
  • Heavy

A fountain made of stainless steel elements is usually of higher quality than one made of plastic. They often cost more, but you usually have a more beautiful, even overall appearance when the chocolate fountain is running.

Because of the smooth surface of the cascades and the centre tube, these components are also very easy to clean by hand. However, these devices can be heavier. However, these chocolate fountains also last longer.

Cleaning

After your chocolaty pleasure comes the dirty work, namely cleaning. If you have a dishwasher, you can make it easy by putting the detachable components in the dishwasher and only having to clean the drip tray by hand. It is important here that the loose components are also dishwasher safe.

However, if you do not have a dishwasher, it is important that your components have a smooth surface to make cleaning as easy as possible. If the surface is rough, the chocolate will set harder and you will have to soak it in warm water.

Preparation time

Depending on the quantity and size of the fountain, the preparation time can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. If you want to go to the trouble of pre-melting the chocolate in the microwave, after about 10 to 15 minutes you will have liquid couverture that you can tip into the collecting basin and start snacking straight away after 2-3 minutes.

However, if you have a little more time and want to take a more relaxed approach, you can use the heating and melting function of your fountain to melt the chocolate coating in the machine and then get started after 20-30 minutes. Again, it depends on how much chocolate you want to prepare and how strong the heating function of your chocolate fountain is.

Facts worth knowing about chocolate fountains

Who invented the chocolate fountain and when did it first appear on the market?

The first chocolate fountain was invented by Ben Brisman and marketed by the Canadian company "Design & Realization"from 1991. At first, they were only produced for commercial use and offered to hotels or large caterers. At the end of 2004, the US company "the Hellman Group" started selling a chocolate fountain for private use that is small, light and easy to use.

Where is the largest chocolate fountain in the world?

The largest chocolate fountain in the world is currently located in the USA in Las Vegas at the Bellagio. It is an over 8 metre high glass frame and runs with almost a ton of chocolate, in a wide variety of flavours. In German-speaking countries, you can admire the large chocolate fountain in the Imhoff Chocolate Museum in Cologne and also have a nibble.

Which chocolate do I use for a chocolate fountain?

For perfect preparation, it is best to use couverture, which has a higher cocoa butter content (32 to 39%) than normal chocolate and, because of the higher fat content, provides the perfect, liquid consistency that you need for your chocolate fountain. There are many different types of couverture, such as:

  • Milk couverture
  • Dark chocolate coating
  • White couverture
  • Caramel couverture
  • Coffee couverture
  • Coconut couverture
  • Strawberry couverture and many more

How and how much chocolate do I melt for a chocolate fountain?

The couverture can be pre-melted in a water bath or in the microwave for 10 minutes at 650 watts, if the appliance allows it, but also directly in the collecting container. When melting in the microwave, however, you must make sure that you first melt the chocolate lentils for three minutes, then stir them and place them in the microwave again until all the chocolate has melted.

When melting in a bain-marie, you need to keep the chocolate constantly moving and stir the mixture so that it doesn't burn. The ideal melting temperature for couverture is 45-50°C. When the mass is completely liquid, you can pour it into the collecting container, turn on your chocolate fountain and enjoy the chocolate.

If the chocolate is not liquid enough, you can add a little vegetable oil. However, the chocolatier advises you to use cocoa butter, which you can buy in drugstores or pharmacies.

The minimum amount of chocolate you should use for your fountain is stated in the instructions. Otherwise, you should reckon with about 70 g to 100 g of chocolate per person. However, it is better to fill up the chocolate fountain a little more so that the chocolate flows better and there are no gaps in the curtain.

What fruit do I use for a chocolate fountain?

Here you can let your imagination run wild. Typical fruit skewers include grapes, strawberries, chopped bananas and apples. You can also use kiwis, oranges, mangoes, melon, pineapple, etc.

Sprinkle your fruit with lemon juice so that it doesn't turn brown so quickly.

Alternatively, you can also cover various pastries such as biscuits or pieces of cake with chocolate. Marshmallows and freshly made popcorn are also great, or you can just eat the chocolate on its own with a spoon.

How do I clean a chocolate fountain?

  1. Disconnect the machine from the power supply
  2. Remove all parts, such as the cascades, the centre frame and the hose or spiral and place them in warm water
  3. Pour the remaining chocolate into another container while the chocolate is still warm and liquid
  4. Rinse all the parts with soap and warm water or put them in the dishwasher if they are dishwasher safe
  5. Remove the drip tray and clean it as well

If the drip tray is firmly attached to the motor, you must be careful not to get any liquid on the motor when cleaning it, otherwise it will be damaged. If the chocolate has already cooled, simply soak the parts in warm water and then clean them. If there is hard chocolate in the collecting basin, you can switch the motor to heat mode, let the chocolate melt a little and then decant it.

Do not tip away the remaining chocolate. You can reuse it for baking a cake, for example, or melt it again at the next snacking session at the chocolate fountain.

Can I use a chocolate fountain with cheese?

Good news if you like it savoury. Yes, this is possible with some chocolate fountains. The manufacturer will explicitly state whether the product can also be used with cheese. Here, for example, you can mix processed cheese with milk, pre-melt it and add it to the fountain. Voilà, you have a cheese fountain.

Always melt the chocolate in the water bath beforehand and only then add it to the preheated chocolate fountain. When heating, the motto is: less heat is more. This prevents the chocolate from burning. In our opinion, couverture chocolate with a little oil is best. This makes the chocolate smoother and prevents it from sticking to the chocolate fountain later. To clean it, run hot water through it."[/su_expert]

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