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Our awesome 85cm high commercial Chocolate Fountain is available for DIY Hire. This can be made smaller by leaving out tiers.
You will need approximately 5 kilos of chocolate to use the machine at full size. This will serve approximately 75 people.
We can give you the details of a Belgium chocolate supplier here on the Coast.
DIY Hire Cost – $125
Size: The dimensions of the machine packed up in a box are: 60cm x 60cm x 60cm.
Extra Services Available
Delivery and Pick up: This depends on your distance from our Shop at Gosford. Please ask for a quote.
Set Up: from $15. You must have booked delivery to use this service.
Midweek or Saturday during business hours: $40 per hour
Nights Mon – Thursday: $50 per hour
Friday/Saturday nights & Sunday daytime: $60 per hour
Sunday nights: $70 per hour
See our FAQ’s below for more chocolatey information!
Chocolate Fountain FAQ’s
What can you dip in the Chocolate Fountain?
You can use anything edible that goes with chocolate. However, we strongly advise against anything crumbly (i.e. cake, brownies, etc.) or that may easily slide off the skewers. Crumbs can clog the holes and block the constant flow of chocolate through the Fountain.
How does the Chocolate Fountain work?
Once the fountain is assembled, turn the switch to the left to activate the heating element, which is controlled by a thermostat and wait 10 minutes for the fountain bowl to heat up. Then, pour the melted chocolate into the base until it is near the top rim. Balance the fountain if needed to allow a smooth and even flow of chocolate from the top of the fountain. Turn the switch to the right. This will turn on the motor, which turns the auger (corkscrew). The chocolate will be pushed up to the top where it will then flow down the fountain tiers and completely `enrobe` the fountain.
Does the Chocolate Fountain melt the solid chocolate?
The Chocolate Fountain will melt the solid chocolate but, because of the low temperature, it would take a much longer time. We recommend melting the chocolate first over a double-boiler or in a microwave and then adding it to the Chocolate Fountain. Be sure that no water gets into the chocolate, as this will taint the chocolate.
How do I know if I melted the chocolate correctly?
The chocolate should not be too warm or too cold, and it should have a nice shine to it. Also, the thickness of the chocolate is very important for proper flow. Chocolate that is too thick will not flow but drop from tier to tier. Chocolate that is too thin will flow but will have gaps in the robing of the tiers.
Can the Chocolate Fountain be used outdoors?
Unfortunately you cannot run our Chocolate Fountains outdoors. Outside air temperature plays an important factor on the flowing consistency of the chocolate, as well as the running temperature of the fountain itself. In addition, even a slight breeze will blow the chocolate outside of the fountain and onto everything around it. Finally, flying critters tend to be very attracted to the chocolate’s sweet aroma.
Is the Chocolate Fountain easy to assemble?
Yes. The Chocolate Fountain comes in a few basic parts: (1) The base, with the motor and electrical cords; (2) the tower, which attaches to the four pegs inside the base bowl; (3) the auger, which goes inside the cylinder; (4) the three tiers, which are screwed onto the tube, and (5) the top hat, which is placed on the top of the fountain.
Is the Chocolate Fountain easy to clean?
Yes. The top part of the fountain will completely dismantle into separate parts, so you can put it into your dishwashing machine. Then dry thoroughly with a towel. The base has the motor and the electrical cords. Make sure not to immerse the base into water. You will have to scoop or pour out all the excess chocolate into an empty container. You can then pour clean water into the base to clean the bowl and then clean the remaining outer base with wet towels. It is quick and easily done straight after the event.
What are the table and electrical requirements for the Chocolate Fountain?
The Chocolate Fountain weighs approximately between 30-50 kilos when full, therefore a level, sturdy table is a must. If it is not level, the chocolate will not flow properly. The Chocolate Fountain requires a standard 10 amp 240V power point.
Chocolate Fountain Machine Instructions
- The machine is quite heavy so make sure that you place it on a sturdy table with a plastic tablecloth under it to catch any chocolate drips. Use safe lifting procedures – preferably using two people.
- Take the spiral piece and mount it in the centre of the machine, making sure that the notches connect to the two lugs in the motor plate.
- Take the long tube and place it over the spiral piece.
- Add the 3 fountain bowls over the long tube, staring with the largest one.
- Plus the machine into the power and turn it on, then turn on the flow button, before adding any chocolate to the machine. Make sure that the spiral piece is turning correctly.
- Turn the machine back off and then add the top piece, ensuring that the lug in the centre of the spiral piece goes in the hole in the centre.
- Melt the chocolate, pour into the large bowl at the bottom, then turn the heater and the flow on.
- Turn on the machine and allow it to heat for ten minutes.
- Melt chocolate in microwave until there are no lumps – 4 minutes per 2.5 litre bucket.
- Pour the chocolate in.
- Turn the motor on.
- Run through for a minute – turn off to allow air bubbles to disperse for a minute then turn back on.
- When the chocolate starts to drip, rather than spill/flow then the chocolate is running out – turn off.
The machine will be provided for hire in a thoroughly clean condition and needs to be returned in the same condition or a cleaning fee (minimum $20.00) will be charged.
Please pay particular attention to the following:
- Remove as much chocolate as possible and pour into buckets, while the chocolate is still liquid and warm.
- Disconnect the pieces in the reverse order of assembly and rinse off all chocolate under warm running water. Then wash them with dish wash liquid and dry, or you can put the machine in a large bin liner and bring home to clean.
- Pour warm water into the large bowl to dissolve as much chocolate as possible. Remove this water and replace with warm dish wash water. Remove this water and dry.
- Put the machine back in its box and wrap the other components in bubble wrap and add them to the box.