By Diane Watkins

A chocolate fountain makes an eye-catching centerpiece for your dessert table. Make it more dramatic with a large assortment of items to dip. Provide a large variety of fruit, sweets and salty snacks. Be sure to add a few unexpected items for fun and experimentation. Arrange it all in an artful and dramatic way to accentuate your fountain.




Fresh fruit is perfect for dipping. Make sure the fruit is dry and in good condition. Cut larger fruits into bite-size chunks and skewer on toothpicks for easy dipping. Whole strawberries, melon balls, chunks of pineapple or banana, maraschino cherries, orange slices, grapes, thick slices of kiwi, and dried fruits are all good for dipping. Chunks of frozen banana and other frozen fruit are good as long as they remain frozen. Moisture from thawing food can ruin the chocolate in the fountain.

Avoid small berries such as blackberries and raspberries that are too soft and can come apart in the chocolate.

Sweet Treats


Cookies of all kinds are delicious dipped in chocolate. Chunks of Rice Krispy treats, whole peanut butter cookies, ginger cookies, vanilla wafers, animal crackers, graham crackers, Oreo cookies and chocolate chip cookies all work well. Other sweets, such as chunks of donuts, eclairs, and cubes of angel food cake, pound cake, brownies or banana bread are delicious dipped in the chocolate fountain. Candies, such as lollipops, gummy bears, circus peanuts, marshmallows and caramels can be dipped for an extra sweet treat.

Avoid any cake or bread that is crumbly; it could fall apart and leave crumbs in the fountain.

Salty Snacks


The contrast between sweet and salty is a crowd-pleaser. Salty snacks, such as small pretzels or even large pretzel rods are popular dipped in the chocolate fountain. Other salty snacks such as potato chips and crackers are also good. Crisp slices of bacon dipped in chocolate are an unexpected and fun combination. Be sure to choose sturdy snacks that will stand up to the weight of the chocolate and not become soggy.