Chocolate fountain

One of the questions we’re commonly asked here at Sephra is how much chocolate is needed for a chocolate fountain to flow properly at rental events and home fountain parties.

If you work in the rental or catering business, you’ll want to know the answer too – especially if you want to advise your clients.

If you are hosting your own chocolate fountain party at home, knowing the right quantity is just as imperative!

Of course, it depends on the size of your fountain how much it will need to curtain effectively.

Which fountain?

Your Sephra fountain needs a minimum amount of chocolate to create a full curtain of chocolate over each tier.

You will need to take the difference between the maximum amount your fountain will hold and the minimum it needs to flow to deliver the complete chocolate curtain.

This number will be the amount of servable chocolate your guests will eat from before you start to lose the “curtaining” effect of the chocolate flow.

Home fountains typically need at least 4lb of chocolate to avoid any gaps in the flow. They can generally hold up to 6lb of chocolate at any one time.

But, of course, you can top up with melted chocolate as you go.

Commercial fountains need (and can take) more chocolate. Therefore, so it’s best to check which model you have and refer to the user manual.

Or you can contact one of the Sephra team who will happily advise you on chocolate quantities.

A winning formula

Melted chocolate

Photo by Anna Tarazevich

As a general rule of thumb, 1lb of chocolate will ‘feed’ around 10 guests. So, for larger events, a 20lb case of chocolate should be sufficient for around 200 guests.

Here at Sephra, we sell chocolate in microwaveable 2lb bags so you can melt it first to speed up the process.

The video below helps to explain the formula. In the meantime, here are some at-a-glance amounts:

  • Select – Min. 3lb, Max. 4lb
  • Classic – Min. 4lb, Max. 6lb
  • Elite – Min. 4lb, Max. 6lb
  • Legend – Min. 4lb, Max 6lb
  • Cortez – Min. 5lb, Max 7lb
  • Aztec – Min. 6lb, Max. 11lb
  • Montezuma – Min. 12lb, Max. 22lb
  • Convertible – Min. 14lb, Max 22lb
  • Cascade – Min. 14lb, Max 22lb

Deeply dippy

From experience, we estimate each person will dip roughly three items about the size of a large strawberry or marshmallow.

Not everyone will dip in the chocolate fountain and some people will dip more than others.

We recommend you start off with more than the minimum your chocolate fountain needs because once guests start dipping, the flow will not be like the pictures (smooth and perfect).

Instead, you will have gaps in the chocolate curtain. It’s always better to have too much than not enough.