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Old 29-11-2006, 11:50 AM
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Hi all

I've done a quick search and remember seeing some tips on the best chocolate to use sometime last year but I can't find them. Can anyone point me in the right direction or pass on experience as kids are really excited about trying it and I can't hold them off any longer! It looks quite daunting and I don't want to waste money buying the wrong chocolate.
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Old 29-11-2006, 1:31 PM
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ive heard that galaxy is the best sort... about 400g a time . i hAVENT got a cf yet, santas bringing it..... but ive dun a lil research ready..
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Old 29-11-2006, 3:17 PM
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There's a thread that has a link in it which mentions Belgian Chocolate. That's the closest I could get. Sorry.

Oh... you want the link?

http://www.chocolatedrops.co.uk/productshire.asp


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Old 29-11-2006, 3:34 PM
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Yes it was agreed belgian chocolate was the best. I'm planning on having one at my wedding.
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£10 postage for buying a £9 pack of chocolate!!! Hmmm think I'll try the cheapest chocolate I can find when we test ours out! Ours came with a booklet which told you how much oil to add to the chocolate if you weren't using the "special formula" one.
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Old 29-11-2006, 5:12 PM
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We bought one last year for my daughters B/day party and just used 2 large blocks of Cadbury's and added the stated amount of oil... it tasted fine
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Old 29-11-2006, 5:20 PM
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I have used Cadbury's and it was fine. I have also tried Galaxy and that was fine too. When we first used ours we were a bit wary of putting oil in but you definately can't taste it and we even put a bit extra in to make the chocolate run better.

When we first set ours up it said in the instructions you should use a chocolate high in cocoa solids which we did but it tasted horrible so I reckon just use what you prefer to eat

Have a great time trying it out!
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Old 29-11-2006, 5:21 PM
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Actually (actually!), cheaper chocolate is good......it's because of the chocolate : fat ratios, meaning you add less oil to the cheaper chocolate.

We have used tesco and sainsburys value chocolate (as in literally the 50p / 200gr bars!!).......both YUM!

If you want, I can dig out the booklet that came with mine for amounts of oil that's reccomended?

Ooh, want to dig mine out now........mmmm, can I justify it when it's only me and OH?!

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Old 29-11-2006, 5:48 PM
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In my fountain I used Asda's own brand chocolate & it worked a treat...dont forget to put a little veg oil in it to get it lovely & smooth & shiny!!!
Just a tip thou cause we learnt the hard way.....if you add vodka to it (for the big kids oly!!!)make sure you add it to the melted choc before you put in the fountain. I added vodka staight into the chocloate in the fountain & it became all congealed & horrible & I had to start over!!!
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:53 PM
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Hi All,

I've bought my sis a Chocolate Fountain for chrimbo.... however, due to a voucher code problem it's cost me more than I expected, and doesn't include any chocolate....

I have 2 questions....
1) Anyone know whether the chocolate required for these things is different to just a slab of the normal stuff?

2) Anyone know where I can buy some chocolate that is suitable for the fountain (pretty cheap)?

Thanks in advance you lurvly people!
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You can use just normal chocolate and Tesco's value chocolate is really quite tasty, we use it for chocolate fondue all the time.
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You can use just normal chocolate and Tesco's value chocolate is really quite tasty, we use it for chocolate fondue all the time.
We were at a party last year and were told by the people operating a chocolate fountain that unless you add oil to the chocolate it does not flow.

I seem to remember as well when these first became the "in thing" people were posting here about their difficulties in getting the chocolate to flow.
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Old 12-12-2006, 1:34 PM
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So is there a particular oil to use?!?!
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Old 12-12-2006, 1:43 PM
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we dont use oil and ours flows - strange ............
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Old 12-12-2006, 1:45 PM
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Hello DopeyDylan

There is an existing thread about chocolate fountains in the 'Old Style' board. It's called Chocolate Fountain - any tips!

I'll move your thread to the 'Old Style' board and the Board Guides might want to merge your thread with the existing one.

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Old 12-12-2006, 4:27 PM
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Hi DopeyDylan

I've added your post onto the end of the thread that Nile pointed to (thank you Nile). Since posts are listed in date order you'll need to read from the beginning to catch up.

Good luck
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Old 13-12-2006, 1:21 AM
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I own and operate a chocolate fountain rental company

We only use Barry Callebaut Belgian chocolate in our machines...which is the best you can buy.
Thorntons chocolates are all covered with this chocolate.
If you do not add some oil to your home chocolate fountain, the chances are it will not flow smoothly. Use vegetable oil only and you will not be able to taste it....gauranteed. Just don't add too much!!!

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Old 13-12-2006, 9:47 AM
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Tesco sell a huge bag (1 kg, I think) of belgian chocolate reduced to £12.99 -it's in the christmas aisle - it looks like loads of whole, unwrapped bars stacked up on each other in a cellophane bag. I haven't tasted it, but thought it was worth a mention.
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I had a fantastic idea of adding baileys to the chocolate fountain last night when the kiddies had gone to bed but it all curdles and went very thick and lumps - What did I do wrong I thought this would have been yummy......
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Old 15-12-2006, 10:51 PM
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I do single cream with chocolate melted in. Its yummy!!
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