Articles tagged

Choosing the right Commercial Chocolate Fountain for your business

Years of research have gone into perfecting Sephra's Commercial Chocolate Fountains.

Which is the right Home Chocolate Fountain for you?

Congratulations! You've decided to invest in a home chocolate fountain! You're going to have lots of fun. That's the easy part, however. Choosing the right fountain might seem slightly trickier – simply because there are three great options to choose from. Select, Classic or Elite – which is the best one for you?

Things to consider when choosing a home chocolate fountain

Home entertaining is more fun with a chocolate fountain. We all know that! But which features are really important when you are choosing one for the first time? For sure, you want one that is well made, serviceable for years, easy to set up and easy to clean. Those are the most important features that come to mind. But there are other features that should be considered when you shop for a home chocolate fountain. Here are a few common questions: Q: Will it heat the chocolate? Will it flow other fondue foods like cheese, caramel or maybe even hot-wing sauce for a Super Bowl Party? A: When it comes to Sephra home chocolate fountains, the answer is yes. The fountain will heat the chocolate in the bowl, but we generally recommend melting it first. And yes, you can fountain other fondue foods. Q: Will it look lovely and still be solid, well-constructed and run smoothly throughout the whole party without a hiccup? A: Again, it's a resounding yes! If set up and used correctly, your Sephra fountain will be a valued machine you can count on. Q; If you’re hosting an elegant dinner party and the chocolate fountain is the dessert, will it be quiet and unobtrusive? A: All our fountains are kitted out with Whisper-Quiet motors. You won't even know it's there! Q: Will your fountain be high maintenance or will it be pretty much ‘self-sufficient’? A: Our home chocolate fountains are quick and easy to set up and easy to use. They're also The next thing to consider is how many guests you would like the fountain to cater for.

Which fountain is best?

Sephra Select – at a glance

16” tabletop home chocolate fondue fountain
  • Contemporary design
  • Brushed stainless steel finish
  • Easy QuickSet assembly
  • WhisperQuiet motor
  • Removable tier set
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
Perfect for small parties of up to 30 guests The Sephra serves up to 30 people. It stands 16" high and is the smallest of our home fountains. It has a 4lb capacity, but will cascade with 3 lbs of chocolate or fondue.

Sephra Classic

18” tabletop home chocolate fondue fountain
  • Contemporary design
  • Brushed stainless steel finish
  • Easy QuickSet assembly
  • WhisperQuiet motor
  • Removable tier set
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
Perfect for small parties of up to 40 guests The Sephra serves between 30 - 40 people. It stands 18" high. It has a 6 lb capacity, but will cascade with 4 lbs of chocolate or fondue.

Sephra Elite

19” tabletop home chocolate fondue fountain
  • Contemporary design
  • Brushed stainless steel finish
  • Easy QuickSet assembly
  • WhisperQuiet motor
  • Removable tier set
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
Perfect for small parties of up to 40 guests The Sephra serves between 30 - 40 people. It stands 19" high and has a removable basin and temperature control panel. The Elite has a 6lb capacity, but will cascade with 4lb of chocolate or fondue.

Sephra Home Chocolate Fountain features

- Whisper-Quiet motor - Basin that will melt and maintain your fondue temperature - Quality construction - Leveling ability - Ease of Assembly - Easy to Clean (some parts dishwasher safe) - Flows all types of fondue, cheese, caramel, salted caramel, ranch dressing, maple syrup, BBQ sauce...

Which chocolate should I use?

For delicious, cascading, gourmet chocolate, it’s got to be Sephra. Sephra chocolate has been specially developed by master chocolatiers to melt and flow effortlessly in chocolate fountains. Silky smooth and 100% fountain-ready, each variety is made with only the finest quality natural ingredients. Simply pick your favourite! Choose from couverture , which is manufactured in the USA, or imported luxury in Milk, Dark or White. Or you might prefer Sephra’s – designed to harden quickly and perfect for candy making.

How to clean a Sephra Home Chocolate Fountain

Before you invest in a , you'll likely want to know: Is it hard to clean? The answer is "no". Sephra Home Chocolate Fountains are not hard to clean, with a little common sense. We want you to enjoy using your fondue fountain without dreading the clean-up. So, here are some tips and tricks to show you how easy it is to clean your Sephra fountain. The videos are a little dated, but the information is still the same. But, first of all, some of our top tips!

Top tips for cleaning your home chocolate fountain

All our home chocolate fountains are stainless steel, with a plastic tier set. The auger, cylinder, tiers and crown are all dishwasher-safe. However, it's generally best to handwash them in hot, soapy water to maintain their pristine appearance and help them last longer. The parts will become more susceptible to cracking over time if they are frequently washed in the dishwasher. Try not to let the chocolate harden in the fountain before cleaning. It will be much easier if you just scoop and wipe out the molten chocolate. But please never pour chocolate down the sink! The basin should be wiped clean but never submerge in water. Don't get water inside the base unit, or it will damage the heating element. Allow the fountain to dry completely before storing it away in the box.

Cleaning the Sephra Select

Cleaning the Sephra Classic

Cleaning the Sephra Elite

Check out our channel for more how-to videos.

8 great reasons to hire a chocolate fountain for your wedding party

Years from now, as friends and family recall your wedding day or party, they’ll remember your smile, your excitement and some details of your wedding reception.
They’ll recall where you had the reception and have a vague idea of what the decorations looked like.
Maybe they'll remember some details of your gorgeous dress, but have no doubt… they will remember the chocolate fountain!
Here are a few more reasons to hire a chocolate fountain for your wedding reception or party:
  • It makes a great centerpiece and can be decorated to complement your theme
  • It's fun to watch – your younger guests will be smitten!
  • You can use it outdoors with the addition of a
  • It's a great conversation starter
  • You can fondue many things, including chocolate, cheese and even
  • The dipping options are endless – strawberries, apple, banana, pineapple, marshmallows, cream puffs, mini donuts... the list goes on!
  • Some might say a party isn't a party without a chocolate fountain

Hints and tips to help your party go with a swing

  • Makes sure you have plenty of napkins, plates or serving trays to catch any drips. No one wants any fondue on their good frock!
  • are a must (and the most cost effective)! Make sure you order plenty
  • Make sure your caterer has a to save your guests having to go 'fishing' for lost strawberries and marshmallows in the fountain
  • A will help keep your table neat and clean and will be very much appreciated by the clean-up crew! This is even more important if your party is outdoors. Trust us, blowing chocolate is a thing!
Click here to To locate a caterer or fountain rental business near you, visit our  

Chocolate Covered Bacon - Strangest Foods Dipped into Chocolate

Chefs and chocolate lovers are constantly experimenting with chocolate. After all, you never know what might taste great covered in chocolate until someone is brave or creative enough to try it. Although these bizarre chocolate dipped treats might not make it onto traditional dessert menus, they are finding their ways into willing mouths everywhere.


In Mississippi, Quad-City chef Jeff Grunder has been busy creating chocolate-covered bacon treats. In 2009, Grunder collaborated to develop chocolate-covered bacon skewers, of which he sold 30,000 at two local fairs: the Mississippi Valley Fair and the Wisconsin State Fair. He plans to make a splash this year with a take on chocolate-covered bacon with gooey chocolate chip bacon cookies. Grunder says he just wants to give hungry fair-goers something new to snack on. He also offers a fresh take on traditional moon pies by dunking them in fresh, warm chocolate and sprinkling a healthy layer of freshly friend bacon bits and nuts. Grunder claims the vanilla filling complements the smokiness of the bacon and predicts they’ll be best sellers.

Dipping Bacon in the Chocolate Fountain?

Many of the chocolate fountain rental companies who use our fountains and chocolate have had interesting experiences with bacon being served as a dipping item. Typically, you have your strawberries, marshmallows, creams puffs, etc. Every now and again a caterer will bring out a huge tray of bacon (as ordered by the bride, or whoever is hosting event. And BAM! Before you can say chocolate covered strawberry - it's gone! Guests go crazy for the chocolate covered bacon. Even though it may not sound appealing at first, that combo of sweet and savory cannot be beat. So the next time you're racking your brain for something out of the ordinary at a chocolate fountain rental event or family party - break out the bacon!

Julia Roberts Serves Chocolate-Covered Crickets

Well, if Hollywood isn’t completely ready, Julia Roberts is ready to introduce all her friends to this unusual chocolate treat! Roberts hosted a dinner party, where she presented platters of chocolate-covered crickets to her guests. Although a source at the party attributes this gesture as typical Roberts’ style and says she is always trying new things, the source also claims that Roberts was just about the only guest who indulged in this particular chocolate treat. Maybe Hollywood isn’t quite ready for that kind of chocolate decadence just yet.

Chocolate and Chicken Skins?

Although many professed chocoholics might claim that chocolate would taste great on anything, chicken skins might not have been uppermost in their minds at the time. However, Dominique Persoone, a Belgian chef known for his outrageous chocolate combinations and creations, introduced chocolate biscuits encrusted with chicken skins or gribenes – meaning chicken skins fried until crisp. This treat was introduced at the Paris Chocolate Show along with another interesting chocolate treat: chocolate-dipped cheese balls, which are apparently the new pairing for red wine. The world of chocolate is constantly evolving, and those creative enough to try seemingly outrageous chocolate combinations just might discover the next chocolate craze to sweep around the world. You just never know what chocolate-covered delight is right around the next corner.

3 Ways a Commercial Chocolate Fountain Can Increase Your Bottom Line

Commercial chocolate fountains are smart investments with lucrative returns due to the increasing popularity of both chocolate and chocolate fountains at events. People enjoy interacting with the fountain and the variety of food items provided to dip, creating a fun and delicious experience. In fact, there are three reasons why adding a commercial chocolate fountain to your business will increase your bottom line. High Return Potential Sephra commercial chocolate fountains often pay for themselves after a few rentals. This translates to greater profits for you since future chocolate fountain rentals thereafter become almost pure profit. This high return on your investment allows you to build your business more quickly and even expand due to an increased bottom line. Whether you are a caterer or operate a party venue or banquet hall, having Sephra chocolate fountain rentals available to clients will continue to impress and bring in profit. Customer Satisfaction In order to keep clients returning to you, you need to ensure their satisfaction with your services. Sephra's chocolate fountains command a high level of client satisfaction, which continues to help increase your bottom line with word of mouth referrals. In addition, your clients are essentially paying you to advertise your chocolate fountain displayed at their event for all their guests to use and enjoy. Economic, yet Elegant Display Sephra chocolate fountains are an economical way for clients to add elegance and pizzazz to a special event. The chocolate fountain is contemporary and sophisticated with the option for a brushed or polished stainless steel finish that attracts attention through a classy display. You can even offer clients the option of renting two fountains of varying sizes to create an even more eye-catching display and help feed an extra large crowd. Chocolate Fountains Pour Big Profits Sephra's commercial chocolate fountains have the added benefits of being user-friendly and offering a variety of kosher certified chocolate for its chocolate fountains. As more people become health conscious, the ability to offer a chocolate that is made with natural ingredients, instead of using hydrogenated oils, will increase its appeal among a variety of clients. Sephra's chocolate for chocolate fountains delivers all these benefits - and more! The fact that Sephra's chocolate for chocolate fountains is ready to use without adding ingredients will also increase its appeal, and subsequently, your bottom line. Offering a Sephra chocolate fountain will give you an edge over competitors without this asset, and the decadent fountains will continue to attract new business as more people are exposed to your business through clients who rent your chocolate fountain for their events.

Chocolate Gift Basket Ideas from Sephra

Sephra's delicious goodies aren't just ideal for perfecting the chocolate fountain experience! In fact, did you know that Sephra has all of the gourmet delicacies to create the perfect gift baskets for any occasion? Promotional Gift Basket Ideas If you want to promote an event, whether it's related to your chocolate fountain rental business or is designed to promote a client's event, consider raffling away chocolate-themed gift baskets. These gift baskets could include a trio of Sephra's Belgian chocolate mousse mix in dark and white chocolate, as well as the neutral flavor that allows the cook's creativity to shine. Then, add in Sephra's caramel cookies and vanilla crème cookies for the perfect accent for Belgian chocolate mousse. Don't forget a few of Sephra's free recipe cards so the lucky recipient can create decadent Belgian desserts at home. Business Gift Basket Ideas If you're hosting a business event, whether it's a corporate party, an employee achievement celebration or an open house, featuring a chocolate fountain at any of these events will help it be a delicious success. Offering chocolate-inspired gift baskets, either raffled off randomly or given to guest(s) of honor, is the perfect way to end an event. You could include Sephra's crème brulee mix, mini-caramel cookies, Sephra's Belgian dark and white chocolate, and recipe cards to truly whet the appetite. If you know the recipient will be a woman, consider including one of Sephra's chocolate-lovers aprons, such as a sleek black and white apron for the corporate executive or a fun brown and pink polka dot apron that will liven up the kitchen. Get Well Soon Gift Basket Ideas What better way to cheer up the spirits of an injured or sick friend, coworker or family member than by delivering a mouth-watering chocolate gift basket? Inside, there could be Sephra's chocolate-opoly game, which is played similar to Monopoly but will appeal to anyone's chocolate-loving side. Of course, along with the game should be some treats that will inspire a fast recovery, such as Sephra's colorful jammies (marshmallows), Belgian chocolate mousse mix and crème brulee/flan mix, plus mini-caramel cookies. "Just Because" Gift Baskets for Your Spouse Finally, a gift basket can be a fun and delicious excuse to indulge in chocolate for an evening in with your spouse. For your husband, consider including Sephra's crème brulee mix plus the butane culinary torch to get him excited about prepping dessert. For your wife, include Sephra's retro cherries apron and Belgian dark chocolate mousse mix to set a romantic mood. Chocolate-opoly would also make a fun addition to the gift basket because you can enjoy romantic chocolate desserts while playing together by candlelight. A gift basket filled with chocolate treats is always a good idea! Get creative and choose the perfect combination of chocolate and desserts so any recipient will go home happy.

Drinking Chocolate from Sephra Belgain Dark Chocolate

Drinking chocolate is more than just adding powdered chocolate mixture to boiling water or milk, largely because drinking chocolate has been around since Columbus was credited with “discovering” this exotic treat in the New World. Next time you are craving some hot chocolate, try a little homemade hot chocolate that will satisfy your lust for rich chocolate and warm you on a cold day. A Short History of Drinking Chocolate In 1502, Columbus first encountered the Aztecs drinking a strange brew made from cocoa beans, which come from the Theobroma tree native to tropical areas like Mexico, and translates as “Food of the Gods.” Columbus also observed Montezuma drink 50 cups of drinking chocolate each day, which he found incredible, especially since he found the drink too bitter. The Aztecs would roast the cocoa beans before grinding them into a paste. They then added chili peppers, vanilla and water to the chocolate paste. Although Columbus brought a sample of cocoa beans back to Spain, it wasn’t until Hernando Cortez brought cocoa beans back after 1520 that the Spanish started sweetening the paste by adding ingredients like sugar, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, orange flower, hazelnuts or almonds that they began to see the merit of these cocoa beans. Once milk or water was added to this fragrant and sweet chocolate paste, the popularity of drinking chocolate quickly spread throughout Europe.

Drinking Chocolate Like a True Chocolate Lover If you want to experience a truly chocolate drinking chocolate, then you’ll need quality ingredients, beginning with quality chocolate, such as Sephra chocolate. The type of chocolate your choose, such as semisweet, and the type of milk, such as whole vs. skim, makes a tremendous difference in the final taste of the drinking chocolate. For a basic cup of delicious hot drinking chocolate, combine 2 cups of milk, 3 ounces of chopped semisweet Sephra chocolate, 1 ounce of chopped Sephra milk chocolate and 1 teaspoon of white sugar (optional) in a saucepan and whisk until almost boiling. Remove from heat and either whip with an immersion blender for extra foam, or pour immediately into two mugs and top with a dollop of real whipped cream. For an extra kick, stir in a pinch of chili powder to your drinking chocolate, or if you’re a coffee lover as well, replace half the milk with freshly brewed coffee or espresso for a unique mocha flavor. You can also stir in a vanilla bean into your drinking chocolate mixture or stir with a cinnamon stick. That’s the beauty of making your own drinking chocolate using quality ingredients: the final taste is entirely up to you.

Restaurants Take Advantage of Chocolate Fountains to Increase Profits

Chocolate's popularity is undeniable, particularly in the younger and female demographics. To entice patrons, more restaurants are turning to chocolate to strengthen the profitability of their desert menus.

Chocolate Trends in Restaurants

One of the biggest trends in chocolate is mixing different types of chocolate into one dessert, such as juxtaposing white and dark chocolates. A popular restaurant in San Francisco offers a dessert comprised of semi-sweet and milk chocolate mousse to answer this trend, while an Atlanta restaurateur offers a triple chocolate cake. Another popular trend is pairing sweet and spicy, sweet and salty tastes, such as chocolate covered jalapeño peppers or chocolate cake with spiced pecans. To truly stand out from the other restaurants on the block, you can incorporate chocolate into your menu with a creative flair. There is a way to make a profit from offering chocolate desserts, attract attention with a unique spin on chocolate desserts, and incorporate the above trends of mixing tastes and chocolates: the chocolate fountain. How Chocolate Fountains Can Increase Profit Many restaurants worry about the time, labor and rising cost of cocoa, using these as an excuse not to offer a chocolate dessert or to offer small tastes of chocolate incorporated into other desserts, such as chocolate sauce drizzled over cheesecake. One way to eliminate some of these concerns is by having a chocolate fountain dessert table, like a dessert bar, that will entice customers to return again and again. Sephra's commercial chocolate fountains are easy to use, breaking down easily and quickly for storage, but just as easily reassembled. Sephra's chocolate for chocolate fountains is of the highest quality and is made specifically for their chocolate fountains with no additional ingredients necessary. You can easily set up more than one fountain to offer more different types of chocolate, such as dark and milk chocolate, or dark, milk and white chocolate. Then, offer various dipping treats such as strawberries, cherries, bananas, cheesecake, pound cake, pretzel sticks, brownies and small cookies. Any dessert currently featured on the menu that would pair well with chocolate could easily be cut into cubes for the chocolate fountain display. Now, you have virtually no labor worries since operating the fountain is simple and your customers do the work of choosing and dipping their own dessert. Sephra's chocolate fountains and chocolate for chocolate fountains are reasonably priced, and businesses often recoup its cost within several uses. Once they are paid for, your only cost will be the chocolate and dipping treats, which you'll factor into the dessert bar's cost. Plus, word of mouth describing the amazing and delicious chocolate fountain dessert bar will bring new business!  

Celebrating Summer with Chocolate Fountains

It’s essential for a chocolate fountain rental business to be able to offer seasonal plans for various types of events, especially during the summer when many people are in a more festive and relaxed mood and want to host various parties. Summer is usually hot, so offering dipping treats suited to the season is important. Cool Guests Off With Summer Inspired Dipping Treats Summer prompts many outdoor summer events or indoor/outdoor events, where the main event takes place inside, but there are outside spaces for guests to gather and mingle. No matter where the event will take place, it’s best to offer some seasonal dipping treats designed to cool down the palette, as well as please it. Fresh, cool fruit makes great dipping treats not only because so many delicious fruits are in season during the summer months, but because fruit tastes even better dipped in a chocolate fountain. Summer berries, like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, threaded onto a skewer not only look attractive, but taste refreshing, even after dipped in decadent dark chocolate for chocolate fountains. Frozen banana slices also taste refreshing and fabulous after a dip in milk chocolate for chocolate fountains.

Cool Guests Off With a Chocolate Fountain and Ice Cream Another fun option for a summer party is setting up an ice cream station with a one, two or three flavors to choose from, plus a variety of toppings. Of course, the star of the topping section will be the chocolate fountain! What will taste more delicious drizzled on an ice cream sundae than warm, rich chocolate for chocolate fountains? You could offer white chocolate for chocolate fountains in addition to milk or dark chocolate for chocolate fountains so that guests can mix the two on top of their ice cream sundaes or choose just one to enhance their dish. White chocolate would taste especially delicious over a banana split, but would also enhance a mocha flavored ice cream. Additional toppings that not only taste delicious over ice cream but drenched in chocolate for chocolate fountains are walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, cherries, strawberries, whipped cream and marshmallows. This summer, be sure to have cool yet delicious and creative dipping treat options that not only taste even better when covered in chocolate from your chocolate fountain, but will help cool off guests during a hot summer evening – and help make the event stand out among guests and hosts alike.

Chocolate Fountain Ideas; Celebrate the Holidays with Eggnog, Marshmallow and Spices

The holidays are the perfect time to break out your chocolate fountain -- and the perfect time to spice up your fondue with some holiday pizzazz. Thankfully, Sephra has three great ways to do just that. You can serve eggnog dip, spiced holiday chocolate fondue, winter marshmallow cream fondue -- or all three!

Enrich the Holidays With Eggnog Dip for the Fondue Fountain
You might consider putting holiday eggnog into your fondue fountain instead of drinking it this year once you discover how simple and delicious Sephra’s recipe for eggnog dip is.
Eggnog dip is simple four boxes of instant vanilla pudding combined with a little nutmeg, vanilla extract and an extra four cups of milk to help it run smoothly through the fondue fountain. This recipe is designed to run on no heat, so be sure to refrigerate any of the eggnog dip that you aren’t using.
An array of goodies taste even better once dipped into the rich eggnog dip, including gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, mini pumpkin muffins, chocolate pound cake bites and apple slices, just to add a healthy touch to the dessert table.
Warm up the Holidays With Spiced Holiday Chocolate Fondue
Dark chocolate for chocolate fountains taste even better for the holidays by adding warm, fragrant holiday spices to the chocolate for chocolate fountains. Although guests usually don’t need to be asked twice to partake in chocolate fondue, the inviting aroma of dark chocolate mixed with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and all spice will have everyone out of their seats and clambering around the dessert table for a taste of your spiced holiday chocolate fondue.
Once you add the above spices to four pounds of Sephra dark chocolate, let the chocolate fountain do the rest as it runs the spiced chocolate mixture through the fountain. Fresh fruit like strawberries and bananas will taste even better covered in spiced holiday chocolate fondue, as well baked goods like sugar cookies, pound cake bites and pumpkin muffins.
Brighten the Holidays With Winter Marshmallow Cream Fondue
Who won’t enjoy dipping treats into winter marshmallow cream fondue this holiday season? Once you mix whole milk with several bags of marshmallows on the stove, Sephra’s fondue fountain takes care of the rest. Simply keep the fondue fountain setting on low or medium heat and adjust the consistency by adding milk as necessary.
Once your winter marshmallow cream fondue is flowing nicely, arrange dipping treats like chocolate covered pretzel sticks, brownie bites, sugar cookies and banana slices around the fondue fountain and enjoy eating and celebrating the holidays with friends and family.

Chocolate Fountain Rental Business: Protect Your Company With NSF/ANSI Sanitation Standards

When you operate a chocolate fountain rental business, you must adhere to sanitation and health regulations to remain in good standing. If you are looking for peace of mind, then choose Sephra's products and commercial chocolate fountains. Sephra's commercial chocolate fountains are the only ones in the industry that meet NSF/ANSI sanitation standards. Complying With NSF/ANSI Standards According to the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), it's important for food companies, like chocolate fountain rental companies, to volunteer to have their equipment certified. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requires that food equipment conform to NSF/ANSI sanitation requirements before being sold in North America. The NSF developed these sanitation standards and lets companies voluntarily undergo their assessment program. This program tests and certifies the food equipment, as well as audits production facilities, to ensure that all the standards are met or exceeded. A company does not simply go through this process once, but is subjected to annual audits to verify that the same high standards that earned the company a registered NSF Certification Mark continue to be met. All of Sephra's chocolate fountains meet NSF/ANSI sanitation requirements and are tested each year to ensure that chocolate fountain production is still impeccable. Quality control is important to the NSF and to Sephra. Purchasing your chocolate fountains from Sephra will give you peace of mind and the ability to assure venues such as hotels and restaurants that you are qualified to serve their guests. Risks of Non-Compliance Any business which serves food and drink to the public is under pressure to conform to local and state sanitation guidelines. Your business is open to the health department for inspection whenever they choose, and you must cooperate. If you have a registered NSF Certification Mark to show those health inspectors, you can rest easy that they will be impressed and rate your business accordingly. Chocolate fountain rental businesses which don't comply, yet continue to rent equipment for events, are subject to strict non-compliance penalties if discovered. If anyone gets sick as a result of a non-certified chocolate fountain, the chocolate fountain rental business owner becomes liable for all damages and can lose his license to operate. The best way to avoid this fate? Use Sephra's commercial chocolate fountains because you can confidently assure your clients that your chocolate fountains are routinely approved by NSF/ANSI regulations!

Chocolate Fountain Rental Ideas: 4 Holiday Specials to Offer Your Clients

Although many corporations are slimming down their holiday budgets, your chocolate fountain rentals can still continue to flow festively! Give your budget-minded clients a reason to choose a rental for their holiday party by offering enticing holiday specials. Chocolate Fountain Rental Bonus: Free Fruit Platter People love to feel like they are getting something for nothing, and your chocolate fountain rental clients are no different. Offer a complimentary fruit platter with every commercial chocolate fountain rental, and don't forget to have samples or photos (mostly for new clients) so they fully understand your delicious offer. For example, to tie in with the holiday season, you can include skewered cranberries along with the tried and true banana, strawberry and pear slices. Decorate the platter with a few festive holly leaves. Two Chocolate Fountains Are Better Than One: 25% Discount For large holiday parties, entice your chocolate fountain rental clients to indulge in two chocolate fountain rentals by discounting the second rental by 25%. This is not only a great deal for your clients, but is a great way for you to show off the versatility of a chocolate fountain rental by offering two types of chocolate, such as dark and white chocolate for chocolate fountains, with a greater range of dipping treats. Also, encourage your clients to make your fountain the dessert to help cut down the catering budget. After all, with two delicious chocolate fountain rentals, who needs extra dessert? Win a Small Chocolate Fountain Rental If you want to attract big corporate clients and additional chocolate rental business, offer to host a raffle at their corporate holiday party of 200 people or more. Jump start the holiday season by raffling off a small chocolate fountain rental to a lucky attendee. This could apply to any large holiday gathering, but corporate parties love to give employees an incentive to attend, as well as make everyone feel appreciated. You might even sell some gift certificates for a chocolate fountain rental to honor someone who's retiring or just received a big promotion. The possibilities are endless once you open their eyes and taste buds to the wonderful world of chocolate fountains! Satisfy Thirsty Guests with a Complimentary Beverage Fountain Rental Finally, accentuate those chocolate-dipped treats with a complimentary beverage fountain rental with a chocolate fountain rental. Offer a choice of several holiday beverages, such as eggnog, mulled cider or hot chocolate. The beverage fountain could be the specialty drink of the evening and be offset with water, coffee and iced tea, which will help your client's budget and make choosing a chocolate fountain rental the most economic and delicious choice for a holiday party.

Choose the Best Commercial Chocolate Fountain

Any event that takes advantage of Sephra's commercial chocolate fountains is sure to dazzle guests with its elegant presentation and cascade of delicious chocolate. Sephra is known for providing chocolate fountain entrepreneurs with the highest quality chocolate fountains, as well as a decadent chocolate that's ready-made for the fountain. Chocolate fountains are user-friendly, and Sephra offers a model perfect for events of all sizes. To make sure you can please all your clients who request a Sephra chocolate fountain, read the following descriptions to decide which chocolate fountain (or combination) will best complement your business.

Sephra Commercial Chocolate Fountain: Ultimate Presentation

If you have clients who host large events or operate a venue that regularly hosts such events, like corporate parties or weddings, then you will want to offer them the Sephra 44-inch commercial chocolate fountain. It comes in a choice of 2 finishes: brushed or polished stainless steel for a sleek, contemporary look. It makes a striking centerpiece with 4 tiers of cascading chocolate. The Sephra holds up to 20 pounds of chocolate and will leave over 150 guests satisfied.

Montezuma Chocolate Fountain: Perfect for Events Large and Small

The Montezuma commercial chocolate fountain is a popular chocolate fountain rental, standing 34 inches tall with 3 tiers, making it suitable for events large and small. It also comes in the choice of brushed or polished food grade stainless steel, making it the perfect complement to a casual or formal affair. The Montezuma uses the same base as the Sephra, giving it the capability to hold 20 pounds of chocolate; however, it can hold as little as 12 pounds for parties of less than 150 people.

Aztec and Cortez Chocolate Fountains: Beautiful Starters and Supplements

The Aztec and Cortez commercial chocolate fountains offer the ability to stand alone or complement one of the larger chocolate fountains. The Aztec chocolate fountain stands at 27 inches, uses 11 pounds of chocolate and serves between 75 and 150 guests. The Cortez model chocolate fountain is 23 inches tall, is easily transported, and yet still holds 10 pounds of chocolate, serving 50 to 75 guests. These smaller chocolate fountains are ideal both for small businesses just getting started in chocolate fountain rentals, as well as established businesses who would like to use one of these in conjunction with the Montezuma or Sephra to create a chocolate fountain arrangement at their next large event. All of these chocolate fountains include a removable basin for easy cleaning, a limited lifetime warranty, and are constructed with food grade stainless steel. Even better, Sephra's fondue chocolate for chocolate fountains is ready for use without adding ingredients, making this an easy choice for convenience and quality. Choose the model that best suits the type and size of event you host, and it will not only pay for itself after a few rentals, but will keep your clients requesting one again and again!

Probiotic Chocolate a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

An apple a day used to keep the doctor away, but now the apple could be usurped by chocolate. Yes, you read that correctly! Probiotic chocolates, not only taste delicious, but will help your body retain more of the probiotic bacteria that your digestive system uses to stay balanced and healthy.

Why Choose Probiotic Chocolate?
Did you realize that your digestive system is home to over 70 percent of your immune system functions? This means that the strength and efficiency of your immune system largely relies on the health of your digestive system.
Although your body produces good bacteria naturally, many factors can negatively impact the productivity of this good bacteria. Factors that include both prescription and over the counter medication, stress, age and eating habits can all negatively impact your digestive health and thereby restrict the effectiveness of your immune system.
Barry Callebaut worked with the University of Ghent to research the effect of probiotic chocolate on the immune system in the study “Viability of Mixture of Lactobacillus Helveticus CNCM I-722 & Bifidobacterium Longum CNCM I-3470." Probiotic chocolate has been proven help your colon produce the healthy bacteria necessary to promote digestive health.
Probiotic chocolate will give your immune system the tools it needs to fight everyday contaminants that enter your body. Probiotics are capable of killing bad bacteria and viruses before they are able to travel out of your digestive system and invade the rest of your body, according to Callebaut’s and the University of Ghent’s study on probiotic chocolate.
Why Choose Chocolate With Probiotics Over Other Probiotic Supplements.
According to the study “Probiotic Bacteria; Safety, Functional and Technological Properties” by J. Biotechnol, probiotic microorganisms must be able to survive long enough in the stomach to move on to the large intestine. When probiotic chocolate enters the digestive system versus probiotics in yogurt, for instance, the rate of survival is three times higher in probiotic chocolate.
Probiotic chocolate supplements, have been clinically tested and contain the daily recommended amount of probiotics needed to maintain digestive health, which translates to over 1 billion probiotic microorganism colonies. Chocolate with probiotics are an important aspect of digestive health, but combining probiotic chocolate with a healthy lifestyle which includes eating a balanced diet and regular exercise and sleep, will help the probiotic chocolate further do its job in your digestive tract.
Start improving your digestive health with probiotic chocolate and feel the difference chocolate with probiotics makes in your life!

Chocolate Fountain Displays: The Japanese WOW Factor

While the flowing attraction of a chocolate fountain often needs no introduction, creating an innovative display takes your business to another level of appeal. ChocoFantasy's Japanese displays are known for their "WOW" factor, and these tips courtesy of Harvey Stockwell can help you steal the spotlight in every event. Create a Display That Says "WOW" ChocoFantasy pre-skewers certain dipping treats and artfully displays them in crystal containers filled with colorful sugar to mimic a bouquet of flowers. They place these "bouquets around the chocolate fountain on both sides to help maintain the drama. Colorful marshmallows cut into strips and entwined in a sweet rainbow, strawberries, and cookies baked on the stick are all included in this particular display method. For weddings, ChocoFantasy sets a beautiful background to the commercial chocolate fountain. The company uses a trellis wrapped with white tulle and blinking lights complete with a decorative wedding bell that hangs from the center of the trellis. In addition, ChocoFantasy incorporates the ever-popular pink color into its displays with pink blinking lights that surround the chocolate fountain base. These lights are all connected to a remote that can turn up the intensity to make a statement and then easily toned down so that pictures can be taken. Needless to say, the presentation is memorable, beautiful, and dramatic. Create Chocolate Fountain Drama ChocoFantasy likes to create drama and suspense surrounding their chocolate fountain display, especially at weddings. Instead of creating the display and letting it sit in plain view throughout the reception (this philosophy also applies to events that begin with a dinner or appetizer selection), they use a black three panel folding screen to hide the chocolate fountain display. Once dessert is announced at the event, the chocolate fountain is unveiled and the lights are turned on to dazzle guests. This always creates a steady flow of excited and hungry guests towards the chocolate fountain. Setting the Theatrical Stage ChocoFantasy furthers the allure of the chocolate fountain by offering a French fable that the MC can utilize before the unveiling of the chocolate fountain at a wedding. Once upon a time, during a forgotten war, a French nobleman was imprisoned in the Tower of London. While he was captured, he bribed the warders to send chocolate covered strawberries to his love in France as a symbol of his undying love. From this act, the relationship between strawberries, chocolate, and love was born! In addition, ChocoFantasy encourages the MC to introduce the "First Bite" ceremony, which is similar in symbolism to the traditional cake ceremony. The bride and groom come to the chocolate fountain and give each other a chocolate coated strawberry - which represents their lifelong commitment to love and support each other. At this point, guests are invited to come to the chocolate fountain to show their support and good wishes for the couple. Keep Them Coming Back for More Chocolate There is always an initial rush towards the chocolate fountain once it is unveiled to the room. To make sure guests continue to enjoy the chocolate fountain and its surrounding treats, an announcement is made that chocolate fondue from the chocolate fountain can be spooned over ice cream and cake (or any alternate dessert being served separately at the event). For ChocoFantasy, this always brings about a second rush. Tomorrow, we look forward to sharing a peek into a Japanese "First Bite" ceremony firsthand. With the growing popularity and beauty of chocolate fountains, could the chocolate-covered strawberry "First Bite" ceremony replace the cake cutting one?

Sephra Chocolate Manufactured by the Best: Barry Callebaut

Sephra has worked hard to create the perfect couverture chocolate for chocolate fountains, pioneering the industry with the very first flowing chocolate which did not require the addition of oil. To make its fondue chocolate for chocolate fountains perfectly delicious, Sephra proudly works with world-renowned chocolatier Barry Callebaut.

Make your own Cream Cheese Frosting Fondue

Cheese fondue isn't always savory! Make this cream cheese fondue recipe with just a few simple ingredients.

You will need:

  • 3 lbs cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups milk

How to make the frosting fondue

Cream the sugars and cream cheese with an electric mixer. Then scrape down the sides of the bowl often to keep mixture smooth. Slowly add the milk until fondue reaches the appropriate consistency. Makes enough for the largest . Just remember to keep the heat OFF!

Cream cheese fondue cake ideas

Cream cheese and carrot cake go together like chocolate and hazelnut. So here's a great from Sally's Baking Addiction blog. In fact, there are lots of foods that go really well with cream cheese frosting.

What to dip?

If you're going to use the cream cheese frosting as a straight up fondue or dip, try these delicious dunking ideas:
  • Chocolate chip cookies (or )
  • Pumpkin cake fingers
  • Graham Crackers
  • Brownie chunks
  • Pretzels or pretzel rods
However you decide to enjoy your cream cheese frosting fondue, make sure you refrigerate any leftovers. It will keep well in the fridge for up to two months, provided it's sealed in an airtight container or food-grade plastic bag.

3 Delicious Holiday Gift Ideas for the Chocoholic in Your Life

With the holidays around the corner, it can be difficult to choose the perfect gift, especially those who already seem to have it all. If there's a chocoholic on your list, however, your task just became easier! Make this holiday special and delicious for the chocoholic in your life with these great gift ideas from Sephra, the chocolate experts!

Commercial Chocolate Fountain Health and Sanitation Certifications: Play it Safe with Sephra Chocolate Fountains

Operating any food business successfully means abiding by critical health and sanitation guidelines. To give yourself and your clients peace of mind, choose a Sephra commercial chocolate fountain. It's the only chocolate fountain available on the market that is tested and certified to NSF/ANSI standards!

Read More Articles