(Closed) Chocolate Fountain?

posted 7 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Check orientaltrading.com lots of inexpensive little gifts. You could probably do both.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Unfortunatly I don’t think a chocolate fountain counts as a favor.  Favors are meant to be taken home.

What are you strengths?  Can you and your family go on a massive baking spree the week before the wedding and make tons of cookies for guests to take home? 

 Can guests take home some of the flowers as a favor? (This would depend on how long/short they are and how they’re arranged).  All you would need is a bag to put them into.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not sure how long they stay fresh.  I think it depends on the type of cookie?  Christmas cut-outs stay good for a month in a cold room if sealed tightly.  I have no idea if this is “safe” or not, but that’s what we do.  In order for guests to not get sick you might want to do some more research, or maybe some other bees will know! I hope they can answer 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you want to keep the cost down you could buy a small fountain (to keep little sis happy) such as this one http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Koolatron-Stainless-Steel-Chocolate-Fountain/3500814/product.html?cid=123620&fp=F&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=11569791

then put some packaged choclate dipped pretzels next to the fountain in a basket (you could even do your wedding colors for sprinkles) and then you could tie the fountain in with a small favor you could make them pretty inexpensively using this recipe and they aren;t too much work and certianly keep for a week plus.

http://www.food.com/recipe/gourmet-chocolate-dipped-pretzel-rods-139694

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

FYI, chocolate fountains tend to be expensive!  Around $300 at least….you could probably find cheaper favours.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

KittyKat is right.  I own a Sephra for my business.  It cost $270 and holds up to 5lbs of chocolate.  I wouldn’t recommend the small models.  They don’t hold much chocolate at all.  Someone would constantly have to melt chocolate to refill it.

Homemade chocolates could be a favor, though.  You could buy a half dozen or so molds. Wrap the finished chocolates in foil and store in a cool, dark place in an airtight container.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Do you have to do favors?  Could you do donation instead and just have a sign up that says “in lieu of favors we have made a donation to ______ charity”?  Favors are nice and all but I have never received anything that has been super memorable and I have always thought it was so wonderful when I would go to weddings and see that instead people used that money for a good cause. Even if it is only a small donation, it is the thought that counts and no one will know how much you donated!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Favors and chocolate fountains are completely different things. The fountains are considered dessert. Favors are entirely option and most people won’t miss them if you skip  them entirely, and edibles are best if you must have them. Save your money and skip the favors if you can’t think of anything to give or you don’t have the money to spend.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We baked cookies for our wedding favors, and they turned out great! We did it months in advance, froze them, and had them already in the packaging so all we had to do was take them out of the freezer to defrost.

We have a big party for thanksgiving every year where we start baking way in advance, so we knew our cookies would turn out great.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I put together a chocolate fountain for my besties Kitchen Tea. The guests and the Bride to Be loved it, but mine was a small fountain and it still took A LOT of chocolate to run and try as I might I couldn’t get it to run so it had a continuous flow of chocolate, so it didn’t look as spectular as I’d hoped. As well as breaking up blocks about 5 blocks of chocolate (I didn’t want to use cheap cooking chocolate or chips cos it doesn’t taste as good) I had to carefully melt the chocolate in the microwave, mix it with oil so it would flow and then actually get the melted chocolate IN TO the fountain, which was quite difficult and I got chocolate all over our cute yellow ginham table cloth. All of this took quite a while and it’s not really something you can do well in advance.

While it looks and tastes pretty good and has the novelty factor, it can be quite a bit of work logistically to pull it off. If you decide to go with a fountain, even a small one make sure you mix the chocolate with oil (although not a flavoured one like olive oil), make sure you melt it in a jug so you can easily pour it into the fountain and try to make sure your fountain is as level as possible to ensure a nice flow of the chocolate! Good luck!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I sgree with the baking route 🙂 It’d be so easy (and cheap) to put together lil takeout boxes of cookies.

That being said, I ADORE chocolate fountains! Even though it woldnt really count as a gift my face would be glued to it all night XD

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