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I love my chocolate fondue set and use it loads especially when I have a girly night in with my friends we like to get this out with a bottle of wine and really treat ourselves.
The fondue set is made by Kitchen Craft who do loads of really fun and useful items for the kitchen and this is no exception. I bought it from Amazon where it only cost £6.99 which included free delivery and I think it was worth every penny.
The set is made of white ceramic and comes in two parts. There is a base and a pot that you put on top. It basically looks like an oil burner but just a little bit larger. I was a little bit surprised that it looked fairly small when I got it out of the box and I was a little bit worried that perhaps it was going to be too small but I needn't have worried as so far I haven't found it too small.
It is perfectly sized for two people but will easily accommodate four people as long as you make sure and fill it to the top with chocolate. It is really easy to use as it works just like an oil burner. You put the candle in the base and it melts the chocolate on the top. In reality though I really don't recommend that you do it this way as the candle takes forever to actually melt the chocolate. I think you are much better heating the chocolate in the microwave first and then adding some cream to it and putting it in the pot as if the chocolate is already soft then it will melt so much quicker with the candle. The candle does keep the chocolate perfectly melted and hot though.
You can use so many different ingredients with this from strawberries and marshmallows to little bits of French bread which I think are absolutely delicious dipped in chocolate. When I am being really lazy I just spoon in Nutella and let this melt as it is an easier and almost as good substitute for using real chocolate and cream.
The set comes with four forks that are quite dainty but a good size for picking up dainty bits of food and dipping it in the chocolate. The forks are even colour coordinated so that you and your guests won't get them mixed up with each other.
I love my fondue set and I still use it loads. It is a bit of a novelty but everyone loves it when I bring it out and it is just a fun and social way of having dessert. The whole thing is dishwasher safe so it doesn't take that much to clean it and I think it is such a bargain at £6.99.
=Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue Set=
The Chocolate Fondue set takes up less room than a Chocolate fountain, and are great fun for all the family.
I received this the Christmas before, so unfortunately do not know how much they are.
This is a basic fondue set, you place a tea light in the lower chamber, and then light, and in the top part is where you put chocolate in, you add a drop of Baileys to the chocolate, this gives a lovely rich taste or just use chocolate.
The fondue is ceramic, and well built as it is sturdy design. I personally melt the chocolate first in a glass bowl over a saucepan of hot water on the hob, as a combination of the thickness of the ceramic and lack of power from 1 tea light, this is not enough to melt the chocolate, so by pre-melting then you are keeping the chocolate warm.
within a few short minutes which was ready to be poured back into the pot.
Included with the set are four long handled forks the forks are colour coded, whether this is because you can identify which is yours.
Each of the forked has 2 sharp prongs so are at equally as ease with a marshmallow or a peice of fruit. Each fondue fork is colour cordinated so you know which one is yours.
This is very easy to wash, we just pop it in with the normal washing up, and all done.
This is quite a nice size, it stands about 15cm in height, (6 in) so even storing it is not a probelm, and when your using it, it is not big and bulky,
You can dip most things into the fondue, ours is usually marshmallows and fruit, and they are beautiful.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this fondue set, its easy to use, fun for the all the family, and a great way of increasing your fruit intake
As a family we like to use our fondue set - the three of us togther most weekends dipping our bits into chocolate is a real treat. Occasionally we get the little lad off to bed and just me and my other half do it, but more often than not he remembers it's a friday and 'Fondue Night'.
We bought this dirt cheap from Amazon a few years ago now and it cost us around £6 I believe. It is basic, but to be honest that's all you want for dipping and melting yoru chocolate fancies. This fondue set is not like the more expensive ones you can get which are operated by a fancy gel cartridge - this one is operated the old fashioned way - ie by a little candle (or tealight to be precise).
The packaging is very basic but comes with a full set of instructions and safety advice on usage. The stand and the pot are both in white and are both ceramic. It comes with its own little tealight and four individual forks for pronging your nibbly bits and at the end of each fork is a different colour - so you don't get them mixed up, I presume, and use someone else's!! We each have our own colours which we stick to every week for some reason, and the yellow one never gets used!!
You have to melt the chocolate beforehand as the little tealight is not powerful enough to actually melt the chocolate, although once you have melted it and poured it into the little pot, you place the tealight underneath and this manages to keep the chocolate warm enough so that it does not go solid again. We dip in all sorts, inlcuding fruit, marshmallows etc and it keeps us entertained for ages while we watch a DVD. It can be very messy though, so be warned.
It has proven to be very durable and of a high quality, considering how cheap it actually was to buy and it is very easy to clean afterwards and is dishwasher safe.
A great little gadget that we all recommend. ..
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
Every year we do a secrate santa at work for christmas and agree to pull a name each from a hat and spend £10 max on a gift for that person. Last year my secrate santa got me the Kitchen craft chocolate fondue set a lovely gift and a nice surprise. I eat a fair emount of chocolate, its a luxuary i endulge in so this cute gift is well suited to me.
I have no idea where exactly my secrate santa purchased the Kitchen craft chocolate fondue set from but doing a little research you can purchase it from Amazon uk for £8.99.
Kitchen craft chocolate fondue set comes in a cardboard box with a large picture of the item on the front, the box also states its a chocolate fondue set made by Kitchen craft, also pictures of yummy strawberys half coated in chocolate. Inside the box is the fondue plate, 4 forks and a set of instructions but they are not really needed. The instructions did give a small warning and hints about fire safety.
Kitchen craft chocolate fondue set is plain white in colour and made from ceramic. The design of the fondue set reminds me of an oil burner, it has a bowl for melting the chocolate in and this sits on the pillar where the candle sits inside. There is a opening to the pillar part for putting the lid tea light candle in. The fondue set is not big measuring around 22 cm tall.
As i said it comes with 4 forks, each for has a different coloured ring on the bottom of the handle, this is a great idea if you give each person a fork so you don't get mixed up when eating. The forks have plastic handles on them and 2 prongs at the end for holding the item on.
To use the Kitchen craft chocolate fondue set, firstly i prep the food to be used, i normally have strawberries cut in half, marshmallows , slices of banana, apple sliced, small fudge cubes and mini doughnuts. I have used liquid chocolate, chocolate chips but our favorite is silver spoons cooking chocolate bars, i also find the bars melt better than the chips. Brake up the chocolate bar putting it all in the dipping bowl on top of the pillar, light the tea light candle and wait. It only takes around five minutes for the chocolate to melt the flame is hot , heats up the bowl quickly and melts the chocolate, i always give a little stir with the fork make sure there is no lumps before dipping.
Me and my family love using the fondue set, it actually only gets used on special occasions like birthdays or maybe when family, friends are over for dinner. I love the fudge cubes with warm chocolate on them yummy. The forks grip the food well even the fruit and one dip in the chocolate then eat. Its a lovely little set and sure makes dessert time interesting, fun for my children with me helping them for safety reasons.
Cleaning the fondue set is fairly easy as it can be hand washed in hot water to remove any left over chocolate and its safe for dishwasher use too although i prefer to hand wash it.
I recommend the Kitchen craft chocolate fondue set, would make a great christmas gift for chocolate lovers.
I have a chocolate fountain, a joint purchase between my daughter and I; it creates a delicious centrepiece after a special meal, be it Christmas or a birthday - hot molten chocolate never goes amiss. These fountains are excellent, the bind only coming when it is time to wash the blasted thing - something that has caused our fountain to be relegated to the back of the cupboard as I simply do not have the patience for it.
My sister-in-law, sensing my ire, bought me a Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue Set (although I suspect she specifically bought it as she knew she was invited to a dinner party I was holding the following week). I remember fondue sets of course from the 70s, with a thick cheese sauce dip being a common choice in those days. This one is designed for use with chocolate and is a rather basic model whereby you simply place your chocolate in the top, position the top on the base and light the tealight beneath.
The entire fondue recepticle is ceramic, and a rather thick ceramic at that which is excellent news as I have no concerns that either component of the set is likely to crack or break. You need to melt your chocolate before adding it to the pot supplied as part of the fondue set, I didn't realise this to begin with but soon saw that the tealight simply did not produce enough heat to begin the process of melting the hard chocolate. After transferring it to a small glass bowl I melted it manually on the hob, producing glossy liquid chocolate within a few short minutes which was ready to be poured back into the pot.
The tealight works to keep the chocolate in it's melted state, although in all honesty each time I have used this set the chocolate has been scooped up so quickly that I doubt it would have had time to set again anyway.
Supplied with the fondue set are four long handled forks, which are ideal for spearing your chosen fruit to dip into the chocolate. Each fork is colour coded with a small bright band at the top of the handle, I cannot for the life of me work out the reasoning behind this colour coding and suspect it is only so you can choose your favourite colour and stick to it while you are sharing a fondue. The forks, incidentally, are of very good quality and have two sharp prongs which make easy work of picking up strawberries, pieces of banana or chunks of apple.
Everything is very easy to wash, it is not clear from the packaging whether this is dishwasher safe so I have always washed it by hand. Even if the remnants of chocolate set on the ceramic pot a short soak in hot water will make light work of removing it, meaning all this ever really needs is a quick rub and wipe with a dishcloth to have it looking as good as new again. I could cuss when I recall the two hours it took me on Boxing Day 2009 to clean a chocolate fountain, a horrendous job made all the more annoying when I consider just how simple this set is to wash.
I am thrilled with my fondue set. Standing at just 16cm tall it is no bother to store when not in use, in fact I keep mine on the kitchen shelf as it's such a prettily basic item - visitors will either know exactly what it is or will presume it's an oil burner as it looks just like one when the tealight is in place. You can use your imagination as to what you use to dip into your rich melted chocolate; fruit is always a favourite, but I have also used biscuits, cubes of dense cake (crumbly cake will obviously not work as it will dissolve too much in the chocolate), marshmallows, meringue fingers and even Cadbury's Chocolate Fingers if you have a particularly sweet tooth that day. Don't forget you can also add to your chocolate to ring the changes; I play it safe and use milk chocolate as my granddaughters are usually present when I use the fondue set and I know with milk chocolate that they will all enjoy their treat. White chocolate also works well, although you may need to add a few drops of olive oil while melting to obtain the correct consistency if using this type of chocolate. You can dissolve two spoons of coffee granules in a very small amount of boiling water and add this to your chocolate for a more decadent dessert, or stir in honey or golden syrup for a richer flavour.
However you decide to serve your fondue, I'm sure your guests will be as impressed as mine have been whenever I have used it. Priced at just £8 on www.amazon.co.uk I think it is a true bargain; considering the price of an average chocolate fountain, and also the high effort involved with one of those, I would recommend this much more basic (and just as effective) little set for any chocoholics who happen to be reading.
I bought my kitchen craft fondue set along with a couple of other kitchen craft items in immaculate condition from a carboot sale. As soon as I saw them and especially when I seen what they were being sold for I snapped them all up.
The price the owner was charging was £4 and the fondue set came fully boxed and I have my suspicions it had never been used as it was absolutely immaculate. Anyway I got him down to £3 and was thrilled with my new purchase.
Inside the box was the set which consists of a ceramic bowl, a stand that you place the bowl on and 4 forks for dipping into the fondue. It even had a tealight in the box so I was really pleased and think even if I had bought it from a shop I would have been pleased as it all looked really good quality.
To use the fondue set is simple as all you have to do is melt some chocolate in a pan and then put it in the bowl on top of the stand and start dipping. Don't be fooled into thinking the tea light will be enough to melt your chocolate as I made this mistake to begin with and an hour later the chocolate still hadn't melted. However it does help to keep the chocolate liquid and it also looks really fancy.
The ceramic is nice and sturdy feeling and washing them is an absolute breeze and I found that when taken out of the dishwasher they were cleaned perfectly with no chocolate sticking to them.
I have only used the fondue set with chocolate but I dare say there is nothing stopping you from using it with cheese as well.
My kids absolutely love it and are always asking me to get it out for them but I try and stick to just using it as a treat now and again. The good thing about it is that you can let your imagination run wild with what you use for dipping and although marshmallows are my favourite I also quite like using kiwi fruit and even grapes.
It's not just kids who will get a kick out of it either, I have used it for a dinner party with friends and they also absolutely loved it and everyone of them said they were also going to get one.
I find the size is perfect for the four forks but anymore than this and you should really consider looking into getting a larger one as I think any more forks and there just wouldn't be enough chocolate to go round.
If you are looking for something different for a dinner pary or even just as something fun to do with the family then I highly recommend getting the fondue set as both the kids and I love ours and I have been extremely happy with it. I had a look online and see that you can buy the kitchencraft fondue set for £13.75 on amazon which is a great price for something that will get a lot of use in the years you will own it.
I love fondue, and I got one of these little sets as a gift from my uncle. It's super easy to use and the colour coordinated prongs mean it's easy for four people to share without getting too mixed up.
The fondue is kept warm by a tea-light which is placed on the stand underneath the bowl. I didn't know that a tea-light produces quite so much heat! There's so way to adjust how much heat is reaching the bowl so it can get really hot in the middle, underneath the flame, but pretty cool round the sides. This might not be so much of a problem if you're having a cheese fondue, but I like chocolate. I don't think I've used my fondue set without burning my fondue mix, even though I always make a special effort not to! Maybe I just need more practice.
Happily, it's pretty easy to clean the sticky burn on mess off.
This is a nice, cheap and fun set. I've only used it a few times, because it can be a bit of a hassle to get all the ingredients prepared, but it's really good fun. I've seen it online for under £10, a very reasonable price for a product that will give you some great fun.
~ A cute little fondue set~
There is something about the very idea of making a home made chocolate fondue and eating all sorts of yummy goodies that have been dipped into melted gooey chocolate that is very mouth watering and whilst the process of melting the chocolate and chopping up various fruits and other items to dip into the warm chocolate sauce is fun at first, I have found that over time the shine does wear off just a little (although that is no reflection on the items within this set). The fondue set I have is a Kitchen Craft product which had everything in it when it was give to me as a gift that I needed in oder to use it except the food items and on the whole I have found it to be an easy to use set.
The set was nicely boxed in an unfussy way and everything was safely packed inside with no cracks or breaks to the ceramic parts of the fondue set. I found that all the little lightly spiked fondue forks looked to be in usable condition when I got them out of the box and the single tea light was ready to be popped into place once the items has been lightly rinsed and set up ready for use. My initial thoughts when I received the set was that it looked quite nice and was something that I was pleased to be given and looked forwards to using.
~Ease of use/ quality of the set~
The fondue set that I have comprises of the top part of the fondue maker (which is where the chocolate pieces are placed ready to be melted) and a matching base piece which allows the top section to sit comfortably on top reasonably safely and securely. The base of the set has a space inside which is there for you to place your tea light into ready for lighting, which is what you use to heat up your choccy pieces and melt them. Both parts of my fondue set that make up the actual fondue stand are in a simple white finished ceramic material and they have been used, washed and dried a number of times with no cracking or chipping that I can see so far.
The fondue forks that came with my set are not all that big which I feel is fine as they are easy to store away when not needed in a cutlery draw along with other items. The handles on the little forks are made from a simple plasticy type of material and each one has the benefit of having a different coloured end to it which makes it easy to identify who is using which fork once the fondue is up and running. The little tea light that came with the set is long gone as it was used within the first few uses and since then I have found that any old tea light will burn just as well and last just as long as the one that came with the set.
I feel that the quality of the little fondue set is fine for what it is and I thought it was well packed and presented when I was given it as a gift. In use the ceramic parts of my set have remained in good condition and I have been able to rinse them off then place them into the dishwasher for a proper clean after each use with no ill effects. The little fondue forks have also been fine when in use and can easily be rinsed when needed either by hand (being mindful of the pointy prongs on them) or by placing them into a dishwasher.
~Summary, rating and price~
Over all I have enjoyed having this set and I feel it made a nice little gift that I have been pleased with. I have used the set on a good number of occasions and I have found it easy to set up and use although some types of chocolate have turned out to be easier to melt and make a good fondue from than others. I have tried this fondue with both white and dark chocolate as well as milk chocolate and on the whole the better result has been with darker chocolate which gives a nice consistency when mixed with a little cream. You can add a little honey to your chocolate to give it a different taste too and I have also tried mixing in a little maple syrup which changes the tone completely.
When it comes to picking items to dip into your fondue you can chop up all manner of food stuffs, from strawberries, bananas, pineapple, cake pieces cut into cubes, marshmallows and even cookies. Once the whole thing is set up and ready to use it makes a nice centerpiece on a dinner table and is far less messy or labour intensive to set up than a chocolate fountain. As you only need a small amount of chocolate to fill up the top of the fondue container you don't tend to get any wastage at all which is a plus point and if you get fed up with chocolate you can always use this to heat a cheese sauce and use it as a savory fondue set.
As I didn't buy my set I had to check prices for it and at the moment it looks like you can buy this for just £6 on line which I feel is fair value. My rating for this product is a fair 4 stars as it works as it should with minimum fuss.
Like most women (or men.. lets not be sexist here!) I'm addicted to chocolate, there's something about that creamy, melt in your mouth sensation that is just a little piece of heaven on earth. So, knowing this, one of my friends bought me the Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue Set.
~*~ What's In The Box ~*~
In the box you get four fondue forks, a tealight holder with a hole in the top for the bowl to sit in, a bowl, a tea light and instructions.
The tea light holder and the bowl are both ceramic.
~*~ First Impressions ~*~
The bowl appears sturdy enough and fits well into the hole in the top of the holder. The base, is shaped thinner at the top then at the bottom, this makes it a lot harder to knock over. Considering this is where the candle is held this was important to me as I have been in a house fire before and so am not probably over paranoid about fire hazards.
The tea light is just a normal tea light you can get from any shop very cheaply and fits nicely into the base.
~*~ How Well Does It Work? ~*~
The instructions state to melt the chocolate first and this is probably the best idea as it does save waiting around however it is possible to melt the chocolate straight in the bowl if you're willing to wait a LONG time. The heat given off by the candle, although not overly hot, is concentrated and therefore if you wait long enough it does melt it. I received my set with some fondue chocolate and as these are like small chocolate buttons they melt a lot faster and are therefore more practical to use if you do choose to melt in the bowl itself. However you choose to melt your chocolate the candle does a good job at keeping it melted without burning the chocolate on the bottom of the bowl.
The bowl has a capacity of 425 ml and so although I have only ever used it with two people I do feel that it would hold enough for 4 people.
The chocolate is kept at a consistency that allows it to be thick enough to stick to both fruit and marshmallows without being too gloopy (I haven't tried it with anything else and so can't comment on that).
The forks have two points at the end of it and hold well to whatever you stick them into. I have found with other products that especially with fruits such as strawberries the fruit just slides off, however I didn't find this to be a problem with this set.
~*~ Cleaning Up ~*~
Melted chocolate, fondue, candles.. a recipe for disaster you might think! After all, aren't all the best things those that seem to make the most mess?
Well, if you're coming at this with the same mindset as me I'm happy to say that this set will prove you wrong! As I've already stated the candle doesn't get hot enough to burn the chocolate to the bottom of the bowl, there is a bit of soot on the bottom of the bowl from the candle especially if the candle is new but both the soot and the chocolate wipe off easily. The forks also just wipe clean with a bit of soap and water. No scrubbing, no fuss!
To make it even easier both the base and the bowl are dishwasher safe so they can just go straight into the dishwasher to save you washing them up at all.
~*~ Would I Recommend It? ~*~
What's not to recommend?! Easy to clean up, easy to set up, good quality base and bowl, forks hold well to fruit and mashmallows and candle is cheap to replace. It gets 5 out of 5 from me
One of the Christmas presents my husband and I received this year was a cute chocolate fondue set made by Kitchen Craft. We've used this a few times now and have found it to work well. We'd have probably used it more if we weren't trying to cut down on the amount of goodies we eat, although chocolate covered strawberries can't be that bad for you surely...
The fondue set comes with a main white ceramic heating stand which looks quite like the bottom of an oil burner, 4 small metal skewers with different coloured tips on which you put the things you would like to dunk in chocolate, a tea light, which goes underneath the main fondue stand and provides the heat to keep the chocolate melted and a white ceramic fondue bowl in which you put the melted chocolate. All the parts of the set feel pretty sturdy, and the ceramic parts in particular look well made and are very much up to the job they're designed for.
The set comes with an instruction set, which is all pretty straight forward and informs you that you do need to melt the chocolate beforehand - the tea light in the fondue set provides enough warmth to keep the chocolate liquified if it's already melted, but lacks the power to melt it in the first place. This is a little bit of a pain as it means you have to melt the chocolate yourself first in a different container and then transfer it to the ceramic bowl. After melting my chocolate in the microwave, in a microwavable plastic bowl, I could pour it into the fondue bowl and get going.
The kit is made for 4 people, and the 4 skewers with their forked ends are colour coded, so each person has their own skewers, which is good for people who don't want to share their skewer with anyone else. The bowl can hold a decent amount of chocolate, and so far, we've dipped lots of different things into the chocolate fondue. From now on, if we use this we're going to stick to fruit, and at least pretend it's healthy, but on our first use we tried this with marshmallows, and there are so many other food items you could dip as well, just use your imagination.
We finished the bowl of chocolate hours before the actual tea light candle would have gone out, so there's no chance of the warmth running out before you finish. Tea lights are very cheap, so using a new one when you want to use this isn't a problem. Cleaning the bowl afterwards is also very easy, thanks to the smooth ceramic surfaces. Aside from the pre-melting of chocolate (and the fact you probably could do without the set completely if you just ate from the bowl you melted the chocolate in!), there are no problems at all with this little set.
Overall, we've found this to be a cute little fondue set that's proved it works well. It looks well made and like a high quality item, despite currently being on offer on Amazon for under £5, which is a great price for this as it looks much more expensive than it is! We might not use it very regularly from now on, thanks to cutting back on naughty things, but when we do use the fondue set we know we'll be using a fun, novel present that works well.
Like most people I like anything to do with chocolate and one day decided that I fancied having a go at a fondue, I remember having one once when I was younger with my mum and dad but that was several years ago. The only problem was that as there is just me and my fiancé all of the fondue sets we found in the shops were way too big and were designed for several people, we wanted something on a small scale. Out of interest I decided to have a quick look online to see if there was anything suitable, when I came across the Kitchen Craft Dipping Fondue Set, smaller than the ones we had seen in the shops and stylish as well it was ideal for what we wanted.
The Fondue set comes in a cardboard box, on the front of the box is a large picture of the fondue set filled with chocolate and a bowl of various pieces of chopped up fruit next to it. Written in the top left hand corner are the words "Dipping Fondue Set", this is all in lower case letters and is written in blue. In the opposite bottom right hand corner is the make of the Fondue Set which is "Kitchen craft", again this is also written in blue writing. The sides of the box are completely blue in colour and again have a picture of the fondue set in use in the middle. The back of the box contains all of the relevant information about the product, including warnings and directions of use which I will explain later. I cannot remember the exact information and its lay out on the back of the box as this was dispensed with some time ago, the box was a little on the bulky side and we found it took up too much space in the cupboard to store it in so store the fondue set loose in a kitchen cupboard.
The Fondue Set
The Fondue Set is made up of 3 parts, firstly there are the forks, there are 4 of these, each one has a long metal neck, on one end is a 2 pronged fork designed for spearing food ready to dip into the melted chocolate and on the other end is a large black plastic handle for you to grip. On the end of each handle is a small coloured disc this is for easy identification basically so that your fork does not get muddled up with someone else's, the colours that came with my set were red, yellow, blue and purple. The 2 prongs on the end of the forks are quite sharp making it easy to spear slightly harder items of food such as some fruits which you may wish to dip into the melted chocolate. The other 2 parts of the set make up the actual fondue, these consist of a ceramic pot, which is where the melted chocolate goes and ceramic stand which the pot sits on, both parts are white and go together to form the complete fondue. The stand has a small well in the bottom of it, this is where a tea light sits, the tea light is what provides the heat to melt the chocolate, the heat from the candle gradually heats up the ceramic pot sat on top of the stand which in turn gradually melts the chocolate ready for dipping. There are a full set of instructions included in the box, although we did not use them as the whole thing is pretty much self explanatory. When I first saw that the actual fondue part came in 2 halves I was a little concerned as to whether it would be sturdy enough, if the pot on top of the stand tips or fell off every time you dipped something into it things would get rather messy, however I was pleased to see what once in place that is where the pot stayed when using it, the pot didn't wobble or move at all.
My second worry with this fondue set was that the chocolate inside the pot was basically being melted by one small candle, now I know in time the heat would melt the chocolate but my concern was that it was going to take so long that I would have gone off the idea by the time it was ready. We broke up several squares of chocolate and placed it into the pot which was sat on the stand with the candle in it, after a couple of minutes the chocolate was already starting to melt a little especially at the bottom of the pot where the direct heat was, we left the candle to do its thing and after a few minutes the chocolate had totally melted the chocolate and we were left with a lovely smooth pot of chocolate ready for dipping. We left the candle inside the stand in order to prevent the chocolate from resetting although it didn't really last that long with us, although the pot does have a capacity of 425ml which for just the 2 of us is an ideal size, it also prevents you from eating too much chocolate.
The whole set including the ceramic stand, pot and even the forks are all totally dishwasher proof, for us this does not really matter but for those that have a dishwasher it is an added bonus. Ours was washed out by hand but the shiny ceramic surface of the fondue set makes it very easy to keep clean.
When it comes to what to dip in a fondue the list is endless, there really are no strict rules as to what you can or cannot dip in the melted chocolate. Personally I like dipping different fruit in ours such as strawberries, grapes and pear, I quite fancy mango but unfortunately we did not have any at the time. You can dip any types of sweets/ marshmallows, I tend not to use marshmallows purely because a lot of the ones you buy in the shops are not suitable for vegetarians therefore not suitable for me. I think at one point my fiancé even tried dipping biscuit in the chocolate although this could get a little messy. You really can use anything with this fondue, the pot is deep enough to get a good covering of chocolate on the item being dipped without risk of it falling off inside the pot meaning you then have to try and retrieve it.
We bought out Kitchecraft Fondue Set from Amazon and it only cost us £4.54, personally we felt this was a real bargain especially compared to the prices of some of the fondue sets you can buy in the shops. I also think this was a fair price for this product, although basic it is a very effective fondue set and well worth the money. We have used ours several times now and it is still in excellent condition, so far it is showing no signs of wear and tear.
The warnings which come with this product are pretty standard and include warnings about the product becoming very hot from the heat of the candle (i.e. the stand and pot) and it also warns you about leaving candles unattended, so basically when the candle is lit and melting the chocolate do not leave the fondue set unattended. This is all self explanatory and standard when using a product which involves heat and the use of candles.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Kitchecraft Fondue Set, it is the perfect size if there are just a couple of you, it holds a decent amount of chocolate and melts quickly. Not only is it extremely cheap to buy it is very well made and hardwearing. This fondue set would make an ideal gift for a chocolate lover or even a treat for quite night in. I would certainly recommend this to anyone, ours has been very successful.
A couple of my latest reviews have been about the items I won during dooyoo's recent 10 Days of Christmas competition that was on-site during December last year, I was fortunate enough to win on day 9 and as such this meant I received 9 prizes, one of which was this; the Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue Set with Four forks. My box arrived shortly after Christmas Day and proved to be perfect timing as it enabled me to get some use out of the set during the holiday season and before my New Years resolution to cut down on the sweet stuff kicked in at the beginning of January.
**Out of the Box*
Packaged in a blue and white cardboard box with an illustration on the front and sides the Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue set was certainly well padded with plenty of bubble wrap and cellophane covering each of the components that make up the set. Included in the kit was:
Ceramic Fondue Bowl
A tea light
4 forks each with their own coloured ends
The ceramic bowl and stand are plain white in colour and feel well made and durable, the ceramic parts themselves are of decent weight which gives reassurance that they won't crack or break at the slightest touch and on the whole have a quality look and feel to them. The supplied forks have metallic prongs with a rubberised grip and each has its own uniquely coloured tip, I liked this idea as it meant that each person partaking in the fondue could have their own fork and wouldn't get theirs muddled up with someone else, clearly the issue of hygiene was thought about by Kitchen Craft with this additional extra and it also injects a little colour and fun to the whole chocolate fondue experience. The supplied tea light was just a standard tea light that cost a few pence to buy, usually they have a burn time of around 3 hours but are easily replaced once the wax has gone and we always have tea lights in our home anyway and included in the kit is an instruction sheet which I assumed was a little bit unnecessary, after all how difficult could it be to stick some chocolate into the bowl, put in onto the stand and light the tea light? Easy you would think but as I was soon to find out I should have read the instructions first...
**Chocolate Fondue - In action**
The first time we used the chocolate fondue set I followed the process as described above, chocolate in place, tea light lit we waited. And waited some more. Forks and marshmallows poised over the chocolate we were understandably confused when nothing seemed to be happening to the chocolate itself, deciding that something was wrong and blaming the ceramic for being too thick I reluctantly referred to the instruction sheet and that's when it all began to make sense. The chocolate needs to be melted *before* adding it to the bowl and the tea light is supplied to act as a heat source to stop the chocolate from solidifying. Oops. An easy mistake to make I concluded and proceeded to melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water as the traditional way dictates and once melted the chocolate was able to be transferred into the ceramic bowl as instructed.
So melted chocolate in place and being kept warm by the tea light it was just a case of enjoying the experience of dipping our marshmallows into the runny, sweet chocolate itself. Delicious as I'm sure you can imagine and a bit of seasonal fun even if it does get a little messy at times. There are no 'rules' as far as fondue is concerned and you are only limited by your own imagination as to what you want to coat in chocolate; fruit, biscuits, marshmallows etc all taste better with a little bit of chocolate on them and because the ceramic bowl is generous in size you can get plenty of melted chocolate in there which should easily satisfy four people.
**Conclusion, Price and My Rating**
For a bit of a fun item this is an ideal little gift set for chocoholics everywhere, cleaning the bowl is as easy as cleaning any other bowl you might own and tea lights are available to buy from plenty of places. I can't say our Chocolate Fondue set will get a huge amount of use but if we have friends over for a meal and want something a little unusual for dessert then this is certainly is a sociable and fun item that will be a talking point so long as we remember to buy something to actually dip into the chocolate(!).
For under £5.00 on amazon.co.uk (it's currently retailing for £4.54) I would have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone with a sweet tooth or even if you are looking for something different to buy as a cheap and cheerful present for an upcoming birthday or celebration. There are no real negatives with the set apart from the fact that chocolate can get messy when it's melted but that's just a hazard that you would expect anyway, the set is well made, packaged well and certainly looks to be more expensive than its price-tag would have you believe - the included 4 forks are a handy bonus too.
Five stars from me even if I did have to refer to the instruction sheet but highly recommended nevertheless. Thanks for reading my review and thanks to dooyoo for sending this to me.
The Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue Set is, just as the name implies, a small gift set to create an easy chocolate fondue. Being powered by a tea light it is quick to set up, quick to clean and cheap. Perfect for a spontaneous gathering with friends.
The Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue Set consist of a bottom half that functions as a tea candle holder, a bowl and 4 small forks. As I got it in a "less than 5 pounds" Secret Santa I assume that's what it costs and dooyoo informs me that it is around 5 pounds from amazon. I could imagine a place like a Tesco superstore selling them as well but that's just a guess.
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How to use it?
All you need for a lovely and not too unhealthy pudding is a pack of chocolate, fruit chopped in small pieces and the Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue Set - oh and of course a tea light. The chocolate, broken into small pieces goes into the top half where it melts through the heat of the tea light. Let me tell you, it takes ages! The tiny tea light is not strong enough to quickly melt the chocolate so I would advise you to melt it in the microwave first and then use the tea light to keep it warm.
Using the forks simply pick up a piece of fruit, marshmallow and whatever else you can think of and dip it into the molten chocolate. It makes for a very cheap and light pudding and is good fun when sitting with your friends around the table sharing a bottle of wine.
The bowl is easy to clean and is microwave proof. From the initial set up I have nothing to complain about bar the fact that the single tea light takes ages to melt the chocolate - not good if you are as impatient as me! Unfortunately it is also not strong enough to use it as a cheese fondue which is a huge shame; I would take a cheese fondue over a chocolate one any day.
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Is it worth it?
Overall I have to say that the Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue Set is not really worth it. 7 pounds is a lot of money for a small bowl and a candle holder when you can recreate the fondue set so easily with things you have in your kitchen. What we used to do was simply break up a bar of chocolate into small pieces and melt them in the microwave - works perfectly fine and has exactly the same effect as the fondue set.
However, I would say that it is a fairly nice present if you don't know anything useful to get. I got mine from a Secret Santa meeting and was quite pleased with it. We don't use it often simply because I'm on a diet and not the biggest fan of chocolate. My best friend loves it and always tries to steal it from my place :-)
Give it a go if you really like chocolate fondues and a normal microwave bowl is not doing it for you - I mean in all fairness it does look much more posh and I quite like the small forks that come in the set.
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As this little gadget does not use any electricity you do not have to worry about forgetting to switch it off at the end of the night or trip over cables and spilling the melted chocolate all over someone. However, the tea candle that is used is obviously a (tiny) fire hazard. The bottom piece is fairly stable but not heavy enough to be safe from being accidentally knocked over. When using the fondue set please ensure the necessary care as with all candles and don't forget to blow it out when you finish with dinner.
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Thank you for reading and rating my review!
Finding the perfect gift for someone can be a total chore. Finding the perfect dessert to suit all ages can also be a chore. Surely there must be an easy and fun answer out there? Well, there is! Fondue! Although the term 'fondue' can stir up long forgotten memories of your camping trips in the 60's or your family get togethers in the 70's, fondue is fast becoming popular again. Brining a chocolate fondue to an occasion with a platter of fresh fruit, sweet treats and marshmallows to dip in will make you a hero! Producing said fondue and platter at a children's party or sleepover will make you the best person in the whole wide world. You really can't go wrong with fondue, especially when it comes to pleasing those with a sweet tooth. Fondue really is the ultimate sharing dessert, conversation starter and party piece all rolled into one!
You can purchase this "Kitchen Craft Fondue Set" online from the Amazon website www.amazon.co.uk. This is where my girlfriend bought mine from. I'm not entirely sure where you can find it high street wise, but I'm sure you could stumble across it somewhere!
The current price for this "Kitchen Craft Fondue Set" is £6.71 on amazon.co.uk. In my opinion this is pretty damn good considering the fondue set can be used time and time again. It may seem a little pricey for a 'novelty' kitchen item that isn't an everyday essential; however I do think it is worth the money for the pleasure you get out of it with each use!
The packaging for this "Kitchen Craft Fondue Set" is pretty basic, nothing fancy. The Amazon website does state in its description that the set comes 'giftboxed', but this really isn't the case. It simply comes packaged in its original regular box. The box itself is made from a sturdy, thick cardboard and easily protects the contents within. It is mostly blue and white in colour, with a photograph of the fondue set within. There is the 'Kitchen Craft' logo and the product name on the box, and this is pretty much it! As I said, nothing fancy but serves its purpose.
In the box you will find the essential basics when it comes to fondue-ing. There is a ceramic white base, shaped with a hole in the bottom to house the essential tea light which will keep your fondue at a warm temperature. There is also a ceramic white matching bowl which fits snugly on top of the base. Measurements for the base/pot are as follows: 13cm x 15cm x 17cm. This may not seem very big, but it is a really good size for anywhere up to 4 people, and yet is small enough to pack away into a corner of a cupboard with ease. The bowl alone holds 425ml - which is more than enough molten chocolate to satisfy any sweet tooth. Both the base and the pot are dishwasher safe, but the set is easy enough to clean up without the use of a dishwasher. There are also four metal forks that have sturdy plastic handles, each with a different colour adoring the end to enable users to distinguish whose fork is whose. Inside the box you will also find a single tea light and a set of instructions to get you started, so you really can just open the box and get straight to it! All you need to do is add the chocolate and the items to be dipped, and away you go!
To look at, the "Kitchen Craft Fondue Set" looks rather basic and avoids being fancy. The white colour of the base and bowl means that this set is suitable for any age and any gender and also means it can sit well at any occasion or in any colour scheme within a kitchen. Although the set is rather basic to look at and can appear a little plain, it avoids being over complicated, fussy or an unattractive eyesore which would be much worse. The plain white colourway also means it can be given as a gift to anyone at all.
This "Kitchen Craft Fondue Set" is an absolute doddle to use. Firstly, set up all the components of your fondue kit so it is ready to go. Place the ceramic bowl on top of the base, and set the unlit tealight in its resting place within the base. Chop up your items for dipping as necessary and arrange on a plate beside the fondue set. Break/chop up your chocolate and melt it slowly either in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, or in the microwave being careful not to burn the chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted, transfer it into the ceramic fondue bowl and light the tealight to keep the chocolate melted. Unfortunately the tealight alone isn't enough to melt the chocolate, so you do need to pre-melt the chocolate, however this really isn't that big of an issue, and the tealight does give off enough heat below the bowl to keep the chocolate melted once in the bowl. Then, the fun can begin. Use the forks to skewer your chosen piece of fruit/fudge/marshmallow etc and dip away. Enjoy!
I will say that chocolate fondues tend to be VERY rich. Everyone out there has probably tasted melted chocolate at some point in their life, and therefore should know just how thick and delicious and rich it tastes. Adding fruit, fudge and other sweet treats to the mix makes the whole experience even more sugary and sweet. I can assure you that even the most sweet toothed of people won't be able to eat a heck of a lot of fondue without starting to feel a little sick! It's true what they say about too much of a good thing can be bad for you. But heck, who am I to tell you not to over do it? If you want to indulge yourself into a sugar coma then so be it, but don't come crying to me when you have tummy ache and tooth caveties! As delicious and rich and indulgent as chocolate fondue is, it's wide to remember everything should be enjoyed in moderation (or something like that, la la la).
In my opinion this "Kitchen Craft Fondue Set" is absolutely brilliant. I received this product as a gift, and I thought it was a fantastic idea. Following this occasion, I have since purchased two fondue sets for my younger brother and cousins and given them as gifts in a giftbox along with bars of chocolate, a bag of fudge, a large bag of marshmallows and a container of sweet waffles. These went down a storm with both kids (ages 12 and 13), as it was something fun they could do with their friends and family, and something they could use over and over. Fondue sets not only make great gifts, but they also make a fantastic alternative to dessert. Why not switch your usual everyday sponge pudding or apple crumble pudding for a chocolate fondue? Both kids and adults alike seem to revel in the idea of dipping various fruits, sweets and cakes into the melted chocolate, as it is such a terribly sinful indulgence. The possibilities for 'ingredients' to dip are pretty much endless - whether it's your favourite fruit or something exotic that you've never tried before, cubes of fudge, marshmallows, waffles, cake chunks, brownie pieces, biscuits, breadsticks or even gummy bears - there's something for everyone to enjoy. You're always in for a delicious treat and a lot of fun when using the fondue set, so I would definitely suggest everyone go out and buy one. However, on a safety note, children must be supervised at all times when using the fondue set as it does involve using a lit candle, and pronged forks which could take someone's eye out if used for such purposes with force! Hah!
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I found these on a buy one get one free offer a while ago, I can't remember where from but they cost around £6.99, which in my eyes is a bargain!
I didn't particularly need one, but then who does?
They come in a plain brown box and are very well packed. It comes in two pieces; the base, that has an open top and a small space to insert your tea light; and the top, which is a small rounded bowl in which to put the food.
You then get four forks; they are stainless steel with plastic covered handles, the fork part is surprisingly small and has two prongs.
I'm sure you all know how to use it; you put a lit tea light in the bottom, and this keeps the food warm.
We tend to use it with chocolate, every now and again I will treat my son and get these out for dessert. We will break the chocolate into small pieces and will start it off in the microwave as it can take a while if you rely solely on the tea light. I tend to add a little creamy Greek yogurt to the chocolate as it makes it a bit lighter.
We will then have a plate filled with fruit chopped into small pieces which we can then pick ourselves. We've tried many things and find that apples are pretty easy to grasp and taste quite nice.
Softer things like strawberries don't fare so well; as the forks are quite small the fruit falls straight off quite easily, it gets to the point that there's more fruit in the bowl than on the plate! We do persist though, as strawberries dipped in chocolate are divine!
Our favourite though, is banana!
We tried it once on the off chance, and were so impressed that we now use it every time.
I find that, as the bowl has quite rounded insides that it is quite easy to get most of the chocolate out, especially if you use the softer fruits last. The pots are also very easy to clean, I think I read that they are dishwasher friendly; although we don't have one so can't comment on this.
They are quite easy to store as well as the bowl can be upturned and will fit on top of the base; it's not a perfect fit, although it saves a little space in the cupboard.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. It is quite a novelty in my house and one that is yet to wear off. I know that many people think that this is something that you would buy, then use once in a blue moon, but we use ours quite often as they make a nice treat, and the fact that I can get my son to eat loads of fruit makes it an almost healthy option (watching the size of chocolate portion that is!).
I would recommend this product. It is fun, simple to use, and very cheap to buy.