Wednesday, November 17, 2010
One family tradition that my family has had for over ten years is our annual Candy and Cookie Day. We gather together on a Sunday in December and make cookies and candy from scratch. We then divide them up onto trays and pass them to friends during the holidays.
When I received the Kalorik Chocolate Fountain in the mail, the first thing I thought of was using it for Candy and Cookie Day. Dipping pretzels and peanut butter balls would be much simpler and funner to use with it.
I wanted to give the Kalorik Chocolate Fountain a trial run first, so me and my boys headed to my sister's house and gave it a whirl.
The machine itself came in three separate pieces that needed put together. It took no time at all to put the auger and top piece on the base. Instructions were included that gave detailed information on how to operate it.
After putting it together, the first step was to turn on the heating element and let it warm up. In the meantime, the chocolate was melted in the microwave. The instructions called for chocolate chips mixed with canola oil. That's where I made a mistake. I assumed I could use chocolate almond bark without canola oil. Almond bark is okay to use, but the oil is still necessary. Otherwise, you get a big gloppy mess.
After the gloppy mess fiasco and oil was added in to the chocolate at the base, the motor was turned on and the chocolate flowed smoothly. It was neat to see the chocolate drip from the top tower down. Logan, Adam, and Ozzy took turns using long skewers to cover pretzels in chocolate.
Kids and adults enjoyed the look of the chocolate fountain and dipping pretzels in it. The only thing I'd like to have changed is clean-up of the appliance. The auger and top piece come apart to be cleaned in a sink. However, the base does not come apart, so it has to be hand washed like a slow cooker.
We can't wait to use the chocolate fountain again in December. It very well could become a part of our yearly Candy and Cookie Day tradition.
Kalorik, the manufacturer of the chocolate fountain, was established in 1930 and is well-known for their electrical appliances. Toasters, waffle makers, juicers, grills and, of course, chocolate fountains make up part of their product line.