A while ago, I had my family graduation party at my house. Since I’m a huge chocoholic, and for food we went with a “my favorite foods” sort of theme, we decided that a chocolate fountain was a must-have.
We purchased the Oster chocolate fountain you can find at Target. We were planning on getting a better one, but due to time limitations (and the fact that every other fountain we looked into required two weeks for shipping) we chose this chocolate fountain. We were wary because the customer reviews warned that the fountain would not pump the chocolate. Luckily for us, the fountain pumped chocolate for about two hours into the party. After that, it had given its all and couldn’t pump chocolate any longer.
We were pretty disappointed about this, naturally, but the guests continued to enjoy it as a fondue pot (it still melted the chocolate, except for a brief period in which it turned itself off entirely! Take it from us – don’t buy this fountain!!).
I had the following food items displayed with my chocolate fountain:
- miniature brownies
- pretzel rods
- fresh strawberries (**a guest favorite)
- fortune cookies (**guest favorite)
- vanilla wafer cookies
- graham crackers (**my favorite! It’s delicious!!)
We also made sure to place little dip cups (about the size of the cups you receive from quick service type restaurants for cheese or sauce dips) at the table, so people would not stick their fingers or food directly into the fountain (this clogs the fountain and breaks it), or double dip directly in the fountain.
We also made sure there were plenty of napkins!!
I strongly encourage you to have a chocolate fountain at your next party, for the following reasons:
- It is multifunctional – it’s a hit at showers, parties of any sort.
- People of all ages go crazy for it – from 4 to 94!!
- Chocolate fountain displays can look very elegant, full, or lavish, which will greatly benefit your party decor/presentation.
- It is a great way for people to break the ice/mingle.
- It tastes delicious!!!!
- Chocolate has been proven to make people happy. Happy guests = good party = good reflection on your party hosting skills.
We also served sub sandwiches, mostacholi, Mickey waffles (I love breakfast, ha!), fruit and vegetable platters, coleslaw, Texas sheetcake, normal cake, and (shown in the picture above) caramel corn, my grandma’s sugar cookies, and my favorite Italian butter cookies with rainbow sprinkles, etc. Everything but the yellow cake, Italian butter cookies, and the chocolate fountain were completely homemade. We used a graduation cap cookie cutter for my grandma’s sugar cookie dough, frosted them with white frosting, and used an M&M candy and pullable strawberry Twizzlers for the tassel.