TIPS & ADVICE ON HIRING A CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN
If you’re planning a wedding, party or special event and you want to really spoil your guests, hire a Chocolate Fountain and give them the ultimate chocolate experience! You will provide moments of pure bliss, and add a taste of luxury to your event.
The look and aroma of delicious, warm, flowing chocolate is guaranteed to get everyone’s taste buds tingling, and when enjoyed with scrumptious dips, such as juicy, fresh strawberries, this is truly a feast for the senses!
IS A CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN RIGHT FOR MY EVENT?
Guests will flock to a chocolate fountain at weddings, birthday parties, Christenings, anniversaries, school proms, reunions, Christmas parties, corporate functions, charity fundraisers, and all kinds of special occasions.
A chocolate fountain is a fun and interactive substitute for desert, and with a choice of delicious dips, including fresh fruit, biscuits and sweets, you can cater for everybody. Your event will be so choc-tastic, no one will want to leave!
Party guests are always hungry, and what better way to create a party atmosphere than with a fountain made of chocolate! There are so many fantastic flavours to choose from, your only problem will be deciding what kind of chocolate and dips to have. Luxury milk, dark or white chocolate is just for starters. You can also choose from toffee, hazelnut, strawberry, lemon and lime, cappuccino, caramel, honey, coffee, and orange-flavoured chocolate.
You can even have your chocolate dyed a specific colour to match your theme. How about shocking pink for a hen party, metallic silver for a disco-themed celebration, or grizzly green for Halloween. Anything’s possible!
Of course, guests will need something tasty and filling to soak up all that chocolatey goodness. Look no further than the amazing array of dips available (we don’t recommend ordering all of these at once)!:
We think that Chocolate Fountains are so fabulous, you could have one instead of a wedding cake. It will make a stunning centrepiece, and as friends and family gather round, admiring the cascading silky chocolate and trying out tantalising dips, it will create an irresistible talking point. You can even have your photo taken as the happy couple holding hands and dipping a big fat strawberry into the fountain!
When it comes to dips, there is a mouth-watering range to choose from, including fresh fruit, fudge, mini doughnuts and profiteroles. For asian weddings, you can choose sweet treats such as Laddu and Gulab jamun.
Guests will love the fun of a chocolate fountain and it makes for great photo opportunities, especially if you go for an LED illuminated base, bathed in blue or pretty in pink, or whatever glowing colour you choose. Your wedding will be sparkling with special, chocolate-speckled memories.
If you want to jazz up your conference, staff party, exhibition or gala dinner, a chocolate fountain is guaranteed to draw a crowd. A great ice-breaker, it will get people talking almost immediately, and bring an element of interactive fun to proceedings.
Hire packages usually include at least one uniformed attendant to run the fountain, top up dips and assist guests, and more if needed. It’s also possible to hire multiple fountains, so you can cater for even very large events.
You want to know that the food you give your guests is prepared according to the highest food hygiene standards. Reputable chocolate fountain hire companies will have Public Liability Insurance included in their price and appropriate certificates in Food Hygiene that they can show you on request.
The minimum legal requirement for anyone preparing, handling or selling food as a professional caterer is a Level 2 Hygiene Certificate in Catering, which should have completed within the last three years. For more information on food health and safety requirements, you can visit the Nationwide Caterers Association website.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
There are many reasons why some people cannot eat certain foods. Some are allergic to specific ingredients such as milk, eggs or nuts. Some have restrictions on the type of food they can eat on religious grounds. As the host of any event, it’s important to be aware of any food allergies or restrictions you need to cater for.
Once you’ve asked your guests about any special requirements they have, make sure you let your chocolate fountain hire company know. They will be accustomed to providing vegetarian, vegan and allergen-free versions of their food, as required.
Some chocolate fountain hire companies specialise in dips such as Halal or Kosher sweets and vegetarian sweets, doughnuts and other dipping foods. Some can provide gluten-free or nut-free chocolate.
If you are keen to make ethical choices when it comes to your chocolate fountain hire, you can ask your chosen company where they source their chocolate and dips, and whether they use fair-trade suppliers.
HOW MUCH WILL A CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN COST?
When you hire a chocolate fountain, the price can vary depending on your location, the number of guests you are catering for, the type of chocolate and dips you choose, the fountain size and number of tiers, how long you hire it for, what hire package you select and what extras it includes.
Price packages usually include unlimited chocolate and a set number of dips and hire for a set number of hours. Also included will be skewers, napkins and plates, at least one fountain attendant, delivery, set up, dismantling and cleaning.
To give you a rough idea, here are some typical price ranges for basic packages. We recommend asking different hire companies for quotes and advise checking exactly what’s included in each hire package, to avoid any disappointment or issues on the day:
- Up to 30 guests: £65 - £150 in the UK ($65 - $150 in the U.S. and €74 - €170 in Europe)
- Up to 50 guests: £150 - £300 in the UK ($150 - $300 in the U.S. and €170 - €340 in Europe)
- Up to 100 guests: £260 - £470 in the UK ( $260 - $470 in the U.S. and €296 - €536 in Europe)
- Up to 200 guests: £360 - £500 in the UK ($360 - $500 in the U.S. and €410 - €570 in Europe)
- Up to 300 guests: £460 - £550 in the UK ($460 - $550 in the U.S. and €524 - €627 in Europe)
- Up to 600 guests: £600 - £700 in the UK ($600 - $700 in the U.S. and €684 - €800 in Europe)
- UP to 1000 guests: £800 - £900 in the UK ($800 - $900 in the U.S. and €912 - €1026 in Europe)
Additional services include illuminated fountains, candy carts, fruit trees, popcorn and candy machines, crepe stands, champagne, themed backdrops, decorative table top presentations, china plates and table linen. Speak to your hire company for more information about what extras they offer.
HOW LONG CAN I HIRE A CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN FOR?
Chocolate fountains tend to be hired for 3 hours which is usually sufficient, but they can be hired for as long as needed for your event. Simply let your hire company know your requirements in advance and they will be happy to cater to your needs. There will usually be a fixed fee per extra hour of hire.
HOW DO I MAKE MY SHORTLIST AND HOW DO I BOOK?
The quickest way to find reputable chocolate fountain hire in your area, to suit your occasion and budget, is to use our simple search function. Just add your location and click search. On their profile pages, you will find details of their experience, plus all-important testimonials, links and contact information.
Once you’ve found your ideal hire company, just contact them direct. Even better, if you would rather they came to you, you can request multiple quotes, and this service is completely free! You should also feel free to ask any hire company you contact whether they have catered for similar events to yours before, and if it’s possible to see testimonials from those clients. We know the ideal chocolate fountain hire is on here and we hope you enjoy your search, but do contact us if you need any help.
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