WILTON CHOCOLATE PRO CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN 2104-9008
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206 of 207 found the following review helpful:
Wilton Chocolate Fountain Pro Feb 13, 2010
By Amy Y.
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?-- Mary Oliver"
I was very worried after reading all the reviews on every Chocolate Fountain out there. The ones that had decent reviews seemed awfully pricey for a kitchen item that, honestly, is less functional and more novelty. The less expensive ones had widely variable ratings.
I decided to take a chance and order the Wilton Pro, despite some of the negative ratings. The base is fairly hefty and the bottom bowl is solid and attached to the base. It is lined with metal and when on 'Preheat' mode, heats up without turning the auger and circulating the chocolate. The three tiers over which the chocolate cascades are made of heavy-duty plastic and locks together but comes apart for cleaning.
You can pretty much dissemble the three tiers and the auger that runs up the middle, and after any big chunks of chocolate have been removed, soak in hot water or put in the dishwasher and the cleanup is exceptionally easy. The most difficult part of the fountain to clean is the base. I poured out any excess chocolate(do NOT pour down the drain as it can harden in the pipes and cause blockages) and then mopped the base up clean with a sponge. I used the sprayer on my kitchen faucet with the bowl angled to let the water run down into the sink the entirely rinse it clean without getting the base wet where the motor is housed. Clean up took all of 5 minutes.
I took this to my daughter's first grade class for their Valentine party. It was a *huge* hit. I used two bags of Wilton's chocolate but the instructions give recipes to use Wilton Candy Melts(the colored kind), white chocolate or regular chocolate(chips, bars, etc,). All need to have a various amount of oil added to get the proper consistency. The Wilton Fondue Chocolate(purchased here on Amazon or at Michael's- half off with a coupon!) was very, very runny.
The fountain worked well with the two bags and only at the very end after 20 first graders and a bunch of parent volunteers had gone through twice and used up most of thew chocolate did the fountain stop fully cascading- it still ran fine, just didn't have the cascade effect all the way around continuously.
We had a ton of fun with it. We made up all sorts of stuff for the kids to dip- sliced bananas, apple chunks, pretzels, pound cake, marshmallows, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, gummi bears, gum drops, shortbread cookies, shredded wheat biscuits, and even potato chips. Everyone loved it. We used wooden skewers, maybe 12" long, plus toothpicks, plus shorter skewers(4"). Some kids made kebabs with the larger skewer and some dipped individual items with toothpicks or the smaller skewers. I set out mini muffin cups filled with nuts and raisins that the kids could dip into the leftover chocolate on their plates.
Set up was simple. The most important thing- whatever chocolate you use, melt it thoroughly before use and not just to soft-and-pasty, no, you want it to be liquid. The fountain isn't designed so much to melt the chocolate though you couple probably pour it into the base on preheat and let it sit and melt for a while- [probably a long while. It's definitely made to maintain the chocolate in a melted form rather than to actually melt it. Easiest way to melt the chocolate is to put it in a heavy duty gallon ziploc bag- leave a corner open and pop it into the microwave. Take it out every 30 seconds for 2-3 minutes and knead it. This will keep it form burning and help improve the consistency by distributing the heat.
I had absolutely no problems with the fountain. It is a pleaser for both kids and adults alike. I have a bunch of people who have asked me if they could borrow it for a party. I think we'll be using ours fairly often even at home. We have a Le Creuset fondue set and love to do fondue but it is a pain to clean-up between the cheese/oil main course and then do chocolate for dessert in it. Now we can just use the fountain!
Fun- and worth every penny for all the fun the kids had with it! I'd buy this all over again and recommend it to others.
36 of 36 found the following review helpful:
Great & easy to use product! Oct 15, 2008
By D. Shull
A friend recommended the Wilton fountain to me as I was told it was the most user friendly and reliable fountain on the market. I used it for a party last week and it was a hit. I was really nervous at first never using anything like this before, but I followed the instructions and the chocolate turned out exactly like how it looked in the picture. I highly recommend purchasing the actual Wilton brand chocolate melts. You do not have to add any oil, just melt and pour into the fountain. The chocolate tasted fresh and delicious. I would highly recommend this product as I had a great experience.
28 of 29 found the following review helpful:
LOVE IT !! Jun 03, 2007
By M. Carey
This fountain works great and has been a huge hit each time we use it. Clean up is easy, the chocolate flows quickly and it truly resembles the picture on the front of the box.
22 of 24 found the following review helpful:
Three Tier Chocolate Fountain Oct 15, 2011
By Sonali Desai
We set the Chocolate fountain up for my daughters 16th birthday party. We were a little disappointed at first since the chocolate was not flowing once we set it up. We used special chocolate fountain chocolate you can buy at Bed Bath and Beyond. The Chocolate said that oil was not required as other say. Once we started it the fountain was functioning, but the chocolate was not flowing. It took us many attempts to get the fountain to work. At the end we have to put a spoon down at the bottom and keep swirling, and it eventually got the flow to start. Was not as easy as we thought, but I think we can get it to work next time we need it. It was pretty easy to cleanup as all the parts came apart.
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Great Product! Nov 01, 2010
I read through a lot of reviews on many different chocolate fountains before purchasing the Wilton 2104-9008. I was trying to test it out before our Halloween party but didn't have time. I purchased the Wilton chocolate and didn't have to use any oil. After I poured the melted chocolate in the fountain, I turned the knob to run and crossed my fingers. It ran perfectly. It truly flowed just like the picture. It was a big hit at our party. I ran it for 3 hours and had no problems. For cleanup, I salvaged what I could of the chocolate left, and then took it apart to clean. 5 minutes seems about right with some hot water. Once you get the tiers off and the auger, just tilt the base on the side of the sink and use a sprayer to wash out.
Tips: Make sure the base is level before you turn it on. It has three adjustable feet and a bubble to show you when it is level. Make sure the chocolate is completely liquified. The fountain will keep the chocolate hot. The fountain runs by an auger, not a pump. The motor turns the auger and it brings the chocolate to the top. It holds four pounds of chocolate. The more chocolate you put in the fountain, the more coverage (flow) you will get. I have only used Wilton Chocolate or ChocoMaker Chocolate. I would only recommend you use chocolate that is made for fountains. You don't have to add oil or anything. Just melt and pour it in. Use skewers for dipping (Wal-Mart sells 100 skewers for $1). Keep an eye on your fountain and remove any fallen debris. I just take a skewer and run it around to find anything that may have fallen in. As your chocolate gets used, the fountain will start having gaps in coverage. This is normal.
Definitely worth purchasing. The fountain is very reasonably priced and it runs great and flows just like the picture.
Update: It has been two years now since I bought this fountain. I just used it for my daughter's birthday party and it still works just as new. It has been used about 10 times now since I bought it.
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