HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >

Discussion

Chocolate Fountains--Are They Passe on A dessert buffet?

Just wondering if chocolate fountains are passed their expiration date.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. I still see them at weddings, casino buffets, large home parties, fundraising events and I'd take a chocolate fondue pot over a chocolate fountain any day.

    1. I've recently read people referring to them as germ transfer systems.

        1. I'm not one to get squicked out by germ-y things, but chocolate fountains are revolting. Anytime I see them, I avoid them. Jay F has it right- they're germ transfer systems.

          15 Replies
            1. re: forthetrees

              Jay F would rather have the dog lick his plate than eat from a chocolate fountain.

              (He is sick with the flu this week, so he's writing in the third person.)

              1. re: Jay F

                Aren't they only germy if people "double dip?"

                1. re: Sra. Swanky

                  I don't know. I've never eaten from one.

                2. re: Jay F

                  Or is he/you doing a jfood imitation? Not allowed.

                    1. re: iluvcookies

                      Miss him too. Hope jfood is well and I'm missing Sam F (RIP) too. They were so witty & warm and had such great ideas. They really were the ultimate hounds.

                      1. re: Sra. Swanky

                        I understand he's a contributor to a Connecticut based food site. Sam's living magically 'up there' :) and cooking up a storm.

                    2. re: c oliver

                      I'm just so sick, I was delirious when I wrote that. What does the "j" stand for in jfood?

                            1. re: sandylc

                              Mutual

                              I got a warning once for addressing my "reverence"

                  1. Yes. Not only the germ issue, but I've seen too many where the chocolate gets clumped/jammed and doesn't flow properly.

                    Why not just have an assortment of fruit dipped in chocolate.

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: viperlush

                      Yes, and seeing a chocolate fountain clogged with bits of fruit and angel cake crumbs is not very appetizing. Plus, all the ones I have seen used poor quality chocolate. Who wants to eat that?