For a party, with about 25 people coming? I have never used one before and am helping my friend and we have one of these fountain thingies, thought it would be good to put it on and use it for once.
I know we could get the special chocolate for it but the instructions sa we can use normal chocolate bars, so would really appreciate some help with how much chocolate to buy and whether to add some veg oil to keep it running etc.
We use our chocolate fountain regularly but granted never for that amount of people. I am quite crap with quantities and always over supply. What i did want to say was the shop bought chocolate fountain chocolate I think works out really quite expensive and you would need quite a bit to make sure you dont run out if it (why i always over provide maybe).
I made up my mix and have changed it over the years... and it is always lovely. I tend to use a mix of fresh cream (or condensed milk or evaporated milk..all jsut as good really) and warm it up in a saucepan and add chocolate to it to you get a good running consistency. Probably a good idea to have some made up prior to the event for 25 people..you could warm it up in the microwave before putting in to the fountain.
Another good idea is to empty the fountain as soon as every one is finished as left to harden it would be a nightmare to clean....know this from experience.
Umm..as I say I always over provide )(and never learn). Think I would go for much much more....I was originally thinking of about 3kg..and about 4-5 cartons of cream..I would probably use about 500grms for 5 of us..but do love the leftover stuff as it is like a chocolate fondant type thing.. only nicer...Would love to hear what other peoples quantities are like!!!
I always keep them....not sure if there is guests dipping fingers in (cos some will I am sure) etc etc what i would do though. the leftovers are the best if the cream is used and would love to hear what you think of it too.. Would seem terrible to throw it out if there was loads left. Think I would make up in batches as there will be other desserts and then less out and you can warm some up or make a new batch...takes no time really