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Dec 17, 2010 09:45 PM

Molasses dessert sauce?

We're the not-so-proud owners of one of those tacky motorized chocolate fountains. We got it as a housewarming gift and never use it, but we're in the process of planning a molasses-themed party for next month, and a friend suggested the idea of using the contraption as a molasses fountain instead of a chocolate one.

I'm definitely game, but not sure how to proceed. One friend, who prefers molasses over syrup for pancakes, suggested just using straight molasses in the machine. I'm skeptical, both because I think most people probably won't like that much molasses kick with their dessert, and because I'm not sure that the fairly-pitiful motor in the machine will be able to pump something that viscous; I'd be concerned that it would get jammed. Which, I guess, means we'll need to thin it down. With what, though? My first thought was simple syrup, but I'm wondering what other options there are. Cream? Booze (in small enough quantities not to be a fire hazard when sitting on a heating element)? Suggestions welcome.

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