If you’re like me, you start salivating at the mere presence of anything chocolate coated, chocolate dusted, or chocolate topped. While all this chocolate is appealing, chocolate-lovers will agree with me when I say that it is highly disappointing to bite into a lackluster, bland piece of chocolate. Unfortunately, this situation often occurs at events that have an aesthetically pleasing but tastefully disappointing chocolate fountain. Chocolate fountains grace their presence at many events including weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and Sweet Sixteens, but their actual value to the event is minimal. Chocolate fountains may look beautiful; however, there are many downsides associated with this dessert.
- It’s messy. The treacherous 5 seconds of travel time from the fountain to your mouth or plate leaves many opportunities for you to drip melted chocolate on your party attire or for the table around the fountain to get drenched in sticky chocolate dribbles.
- It’s rather unsanitary. There is no denying that some party-goers will breach chocolate fountain etiquette and double dip a piece of fruit or use their fingers to scoop up a glob of chocolate into their mouths. Let’s be honest: I don’t care how many people you know or are related to at that event, it’s just gross.
- The melted chocolate morsels used in the fountain tend to be low quality chocolate . Although a fountain may be more exciting than regular chocolate, it would be more beneficial to spend money on quality chocolate bars than a mediocre tasting chocolate fountain.
- The chocolate may very well be re-used, yes re-melted and re-used, for different events. We all love to reduce, reuse, recycle, but not in this case.
There are many less messy and just as delicious, if not more delicious, alternatives to a chocolate fountain including the following:
- A tray or party favor of high-quality handcrafted truffles.
- Assorted pastries from a bakery. Think mini éclairs, napoleons, cannolis, and cookies.
- Pre- dipped chocolate covered strawberries. Made with fresh strawberries and high-quality chocolate of course!
I’m not denying that a chocolate fountain can be pulled off at an event; just be wary of the ambiance you want your event to have and understand that the presence of a fountain could alter the aura of the party. In the end, chocolate is always a hit, so you can’t go wrong whether you go with a fountain or stick with other forms of chocolate desserts. Embrace your sweet-tooth!