Product Type: Kitchen Craft gadgets
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Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue Set
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Kitchen Craft Chocolate Fondue Set
Advantages: Very simple to use and keep clean
Disadvantages: It is not possible to actually melt the chocolate in the pot
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.
Summary: This has been a much better alternative to a chocolate fountain.
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