You’ve got your chocolate fountain set up. Your chocolate is melted to a perfect, smooth, delicious consistency. Hmm, you feel like there’s something missing…*gasp* the ‘dippers.’
Yes, that’s right, you need other foods to actually dip into your chocolate fountain!
And a chocolate fountain is only as tasty as its ‘dippers’ allow it to be.
Sure, you might be offering your guests a rather unique form of hospitality that involves them dipping their fingers in the fountain so they can taste pure chocolate, but there is a much safer and more hygienic way of using your chocolate fountain.
So what should you have on offer for your guests to dip into the chocolate fountain? Let’s find out!
- 1 What To Dip In A Chocolate Fountain
- 2 What Doesn’t Dip Well In A Chocolate Fountain?
- 3 Other Suggestions When Dipping In A Chocolate Fountain
- 4 Finally
What To Dip In A Chocolate Fountain
When it comes to choosing foods to dip in your chocolate fountain, you have plenty of options!
If you like it, both in terms of taste and texture, then you go for it.
This is what I’d say to you if you were just using a chocolate fountain for personal use.
But if you’re setting up a chocolate fountain for your party guests to enjoy, bear in mind that they might not enjoy the same weird ‘dipper’ choices that you would.
You, therefore, need to make sure that you get foods to dip in the chocolate fountain that are tasty and enjoyable concerning texture.
You’ll also want plenty of options so that there’s something for everyone.
If you only supply marshmallows, then you risk the awkward situation where one of your guests, who doesn’t like marshmallows (or cannot eat them for dietary reasons), is unable to enjoy the chocolate fountain.
Imagine it. Everyone is tucking into the chocolate fountain, having a great time! Except for your guests who don’t like (or cannot eat) marshmallows who are sitting in the corner, watching on with misery.
Thankfully there are plenty of diverse options for chocolate fountain dippers. So let’s go through them!
Please note that you don’t have to stick to one of the five categories below. You can pick several out and have them all laid out together!
What’s better than candy? Double candy! Yes, you read me correctly.
I am suggesting that you offer candy to dip into your chocolate fountain.
It makes sense that candy goes well with chocolate.
After all, they are all candy.
And they taste sweet and sugary, so you’re not combining two pieces of food that are too different to work well together.
Marshmallows have already had a mention earlier in this article, and for good reason.
They’re perfect for putting on a skewer, as you campfire dwellers will know.
The taste and texture produced when combined with melted chocolate from a fountain is unbelievably enjoyable.
Fudge and Turkish Delight are also great dippers.
Gummies and sour gummies too.
The truth is we could be here all day listing candies that can be dipped in a fountain.
I’ve given you some of my favorites, but here is a rule of thumb when it comes to choosing others.
If it works, it works.
Taste-wise, texture-wise, as long as it works well with the liquid chocolate, then go for it.
As long as it can be pierced through by a skewer, which is fundamental, of course; otherwise, how else are your guests going to dip into the fountain without contaminating it?
Other Sweet and Savory Goods
There are plenty of other sugary foods that can be dipped into a chocolate fountain.
- Caramelized biscuits
- Other biscuits
There are many great savory goods that work too in the chocolate fountain. These include:
- Tortilla chips
Many more are out there.
You just have to find ones that are compatible with liquid chocolate both in terms of taste and texture. They also need to be dippable in the first place.
Fruit tends to be the go-to when it comes to chocolate fountain ‘dippers.’
Probably because people think that healthy fruit will counter the unhealthy liquid chocolate they can’t wait to devour.
That doesn’t mean fruit doesn’t taste great when dipped into a chocolate fountain. Oh boy, trust me, it does.
Here are some fantastically delicious fruits that you and your guests will have a great time dipping into your chocolate fountain.
- Orange pieces
- Mandarin Pieces
- Apple Slices
- Pear Slices
- Pineapple Chunks
- Kiwi Chunks
- Seedless grapes, both green and red
Just make sure you source fresh fruit.
Otherwise, it may go off and mushy before your guests have had a chance to dip it into the fountain.
Oh, and for some, you are going to want to prepare and chop them up first.
Nobody wants to dip a whole banana (or do they?!)
Yes, that’s right. Cheese makes for great chocolate fountain dipping.
Although I will admit, it’s probably not as popular for as many people as say fruit and candy are.
Cheddar is best as it’s not too complex in its flavor, so it doesn’t make a weird combination with liquid chocolate.
It’s also very dippable. After all, you do see chunks of cheddar on cocktail sticks at parties.
Other cheeses may work.
Fundamentally you don’t want cheese that is too strong in flavor and too gooey as well.
Otherwise, it will be very hard to dip. You don’t want bits of stray gooey cheese floating in the fountain.
What Doesn’t Dip Well In A Chocolate Fountain?
Foods that don’t pair well with liquid chocolate and those that can’t be easily pierced by skewers should be avoided when picking your dippers.
This is a case of trial and error. Which way is fine for anyone who has a chocolate fountain at home as it’s only yourself you will be disappointed.
But if you’re figuring out what food to supply your guests with to dip in the chocolate fountain, the pressure is certainly on.
I would recommend you stick to the foods I listed earlier in the article.
You can’t go wrong with these. They are the conventional chocolate fountain dippers.
If you go for anything else, you are taking a big risk.
However, if you decide to try and pick out something a bit more unconventional, here’s what you need to look out for.
For a start, don’t get anything that will have a weirder taste and texture when combined with the chocolate fountain. You want this to be enjoyable, after all.
You also need foods that can be pierced easily by a skewer. So hard candies don’t work in this way.
Having said that, there is a way around this issue, which I will explain in a moment.
But first, let’s talk about crumbs. Oh, crumbs!
Some of the foods on my recommended list were crumby.
But generally, you should be careful of crumby foods being dipped into chocolate fountains.
This is because the crumbs can get stuck in parts of the fountain and potentially damage it.
However!! There is a solution.
If you supply cups, then your guests can extract some of the chocolate from the fountain. They can then dip any crumby ‘dippers’ into the cup of chocolate.
This is also handy for when you have foods that can’t be pierced by skewers, like hard candy, as you can just dip them into the cup of chocolate as well.
Other Suggestions When Dipping In A Chocolate Fountain
Don’t dip for too long. Pick fresh dipping foods. Level the chocolate fountain. And come prepared!
Let’s delve into these tips, shall we?
Don’t Dip for Too Long
There are a few problems with dipping food into a chocolate fountain for too long.
For a start, the chocolate is going to completely overwhelm the food you have dipped it in. Meaning that its texture is spoiled and its taste is nonexistent.
Dipping for longer also uses up more chocolate quicker.
So if people are dipping for longer, then you won’t get as much use out of the chocolate fountain at your party.
So please, police your chocolate fountain. Any long dippers will be banned!
Pick Fresh Dipping Foods
Pretty self-explanatory this tip. The fresher your dippers, the better they’re going to taste in the chocolate fountain.
They also look more appetizing when laid out for your guests.
If none of your dippers look fresh, then everyone might just help themself to a cup of liquid chocolate.
Some foods are better at staying fresh when left out in a room. For example, marshmallows, strawberries, and pretzels.
Level Your Chocolate Fountain
Before anyone dips into your chocolate fountain, allow it to run for 5 minutes first. Just so the chocolate can flow and adjust to the fountain, it is contained in.
If you see any issues with the flow here, you can easily fix them before allowing your guests to enjoy it.
Have all of your dippers laid out close to the chocolate fountain so that they are easily accessible for your guests.
Also, make sure you have left plenty of time to melt your chocolate. It can take an hour to get the right consistency for the amount of chocolate required for your fountain.
There’s so much food out there just waiting to be dipped into a chocolate fountain.
And there are so many party guests out there waiting to do the dipping.
Just don’t use your guests as guinea pigs for a new chocolate fountain dipper combo you’re testing.
Check out my other chocolate fountain guides:
- What Kind Of Chocolate For Chocolate Fountain?
- Best Chocolate For Chocolate Fountain
- How Much Chocolate For A Chocolate Fountain?
- How Much Is A Chocolate Fountain?
- How Long Can a Chocolate Fountain Run?
- Why Is My Chocolate Fountain Not Flowing?
- Can You Leave Chocolate In A Chocolate Fountain?
Hello, I’m Matthew, a candy expert and enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the candy industry. My passion for candy started at a very young age. Since then, I have worked in numerous, large candy stores, and have been fortunate enough to try out hundreds of brands of candies, different types and flavors. In addition to my work, I enjoy sharing my extensive knowledge with others, and decided to create Sugar Stand in order to do so. My mission is to make the world a sweeter place, one candy at a time.