“ Brand: Baileys / Type: Fondue „
My girlfriend bought 4 of these Baileys Mini Chocolate Fountains for our engagement party. They were on a buy one get one free offer so well worth the price at £8 each. They are small in size (obviously) so you need a few if you are planning on having a lot of people using them.
We had a buffet set up for the guests and the Baileys Mini Fountains were easy to set up and looked quite decorative. Being small they don't take up much room on the table and look great surrounded by finger foods. You can use all kinds of food to dip into the fountains with marshmallows and fruit chunks being mainly used (you always get someone who dips a mini quiche or cocktail sausage in).
You do really need to use a chocolate of decent quality, as we tried a few cheaper brands (because the amount of chocolate needed is quite high) and found the cheaper chocolate stays a bit lumpy. It takes a while to melt the chocolate using the fountain, so it's wise to melt it before you put it in the fountain. The instructions say to use vegetable oil, but my girlfriend read somewhere that using single cream instead would be better, which it was. You really do need a lot of chocolate though, because it runs out so quick and if you have a lot of people using it (like at a buffet) you are constantly filling it up.
The plug cable is quite short so you will most probably need an extension and if you are using more than one you will need an extension for them too.
They come apart easy for cleaning which is another good thing, and it is best to use boiling hot kettle water to get rid of all the leftover chocolate.
All in all the Baileys Mini Chocolate Fountain is quite good if you require a chocolate fountain being as it is so cheap, but I would probably just use it for a romantic treat for you and your partner as they just aren't big enough for a lot of people.
I received the Bailey's chocolate fountain as part of a gift set which contained 2 mini bottles of Baileys, some chocolate and marshmallows and upon searching on the internet I saw it can be bought for £24.99. I was delighted at receiving that gift, I love Baileys and had wanted a chocolate fountain for a while. The Baileys was, as usual, lovely so I will just concentrate on the fountain in the review.
The Baileys chocolate fountain is a mini fountain which takes 400g of chocolate. It is easy to set up, you just attach the parts of the fountain to the base and it is ready to use. You need to melt the chocolate before you pour it into the base of the tower and then you just switch the fountain on. 400g of chocolate is one of those supersize bars of chocolate, Galaxy is particularly good because of how creamy it is. You also need to add some vegetable oil to the chocolate to make it flow easier. The base of the fountain is around 6 inches in diameter and the fountain itself is also around 6 inches tall.
The fountain worked ok at first, the chocolate cascaded nicely down the layers and into the base of the fountain. The problem is that because the fountain is so small and has such a tiny capacity that as soon as you remove any of the volume of liquid chocolate then it no longer has enough left in the system to keep the cascade going. The cascade soon became a sorry looking trickle of chocolate going in between the layers and stopped moving much at all when around 1/3 of the chocolate was gone. The chocolate in the base can be kept in a liquid state by keeping the heater on but stopping the motor and you can then scoop it out but that is a lot less fun than dipping your strawberry or marshmallow into a fountain of chocolate.
The whole fountain is well built and is easy to put together and take apart and it is so simple to use that even an idiot could manage. It is fiddly to clean but no worse than you would expect removing melted chocolate to be, the fact the fountain tubes pull apart into small sections make them easy to clean by just putting them in a sink of hot soapy water.
Huge chocolate fountains look fantastic as a centrepiece at a party and I was hoping the Bailey's mini fountain would be good for a small dinner party with only a couple of guests but its small size means that it is pretty useless.