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Submitted by: April

Looking for a way to increase income in your chocolate fountain rental business, bring more customers to your coffee house, cafe or hotel? Sephra has just what you need. Offer your hungry customers crepes. An alluring idea on its own or along side a delectable and enticing chocolate fountain. Crepes are the newest trend in gourmet treats. Sephra's crepe maker is the best crepe maker on the market, bar none. Created with the same standard of quality as other Sephra products, our crepe maker creates the perfect crepe time and time again. The biggest pitfall of other brands of crepe makers is there inconsistent heating element. Crepes will be undone in the middle and over cooked on the outside causing a disappointing crepe experience.

Offer a variety of delicious options to fill the crepes, much will be the same as what you offer to dip into the chocolate fondue. Plus Sephra offers THE most delicious crepe mix. So easy to make - simply add water and go! Which is why these two products make such a good team at weddings, corporate events, and other types of gatherings. And hey, the best crepe recipe in the world is a crepe drizzled in chocolate fondue. So, voila! There you have it. Call our outstanding team of specialists in chocolate fountain rental events and find out how to add this terrific option to your repertoire today! Call us today! (888) 9-SEPHRA

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Submitted by: April

How to melt dark chocolate fondue in the microwaveAnother helpful Quick Tips Video from Sephra - the chocolate fountain people.  

Melt Sephra chocolate in the microwave and add to your chocolate fountain.

Simply place the 2 lb microwave safe, BPA free bag in your microwave; set the time for 2 minutes on half power; press start. Don't poke holes or open the bag in any way. Remove the bag from the microwave and knead with your hands. The chocolate will feel squishy, but not entirely melted. Place the bag into the microwave again for two more minutes at half power. Remove from microwave and cut off the corner of the bag. Pour the melted chocolate into the basin of your fountain.

Make sure the bottom piece of the cylinder is already set into the fountain before adding the chocolate, as it is much harder to set the cylinder on the pegs once the chocolate is in the fountain. If you continue to melt your chocolate fondue beyond the 4 minute mark, you run the risk of scorching the chocolate. This will cause the chocolate consistency to be somewhat like toothpaste and it will only worsen with more heat. Be especially careful with white chocolate as it is most easily scorched. I prefer to melt my white chocolate one minute at a time, always at half power, just to keep a closer eye on it. For more of Sephra's Quick Tips, check this: The Secret to Burping Your Chocolate Fountain - a must see!

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Chocolate fountains flowing perfectlyThe secret to a perfectly flowing chocolate fountain - every time.

One of the most important tips in learning how to operate your chocolate fountain is the simple act of what we call 'burping' your chocolate fountain. Burping??? Sounds a bit crazy, but burping is one of the most effective and easy steps you can take to remove excess air from the cylinder and allow the chocolate fondue to 'curtain' properly (more chocolate fountain lingo - it means cascading down the tiers without any gaps or holes.) The air bubble which may be trapped in your cylinder acts as a cork and impedes the flow of chocolate, creating a drippy look. Not what you're looking for if your are doing a chocolate fountain rental event or if you have guests to your home to enjoy dipping from your home fondue fountain.

Below is the first video you should watch...

These are the top tips to learn how to operate your chocolate fountain. Be sure you have at least the minimum amount of Sephra Chocolate in your fountain. Without the minimum there's not enough chocolate fondue flowing to cascade down properly creating the 'curtain' effect. Secondly, make sure your chocolate is properly heated before turning on the chocolate fountain. If it is not melted through, the chocolate fondue may appear lumpy. If you've overheated and scorched it, the chocolate may tend to become thick and not flow properly. This most commonly occurs when heating white chocolate, more sensitive to heat than milk and dark fondue chocolate. Easy microwave melting instructions are on the back of every bag of Sephra Chocolate. The chocolate chips can also be melted into fondue right in the basin of most models of Sephra chocolate fountains. NOTE: This is not a universal feature with all brands of chocolate fountains. Make sure you're using a Sephra fountain with a heating element, or fountain with a comparable heating element which won't scorch chocolate.

Next step - turn on your fountain. Let it flow for a couple of minutes. If there are gaps in the fondue flow, simply turn off your fountain for about 30 seconds. You may notice air bubbles popping in the top of the cylinder, as well as in the basin. Turn the fountain back on and you should have perfectly flowing chocolate fondue! This tip works for any size chocolate fountain, from our large commercial size chocolate fountains to our smallest home fondue fountain. Any questions at all about how to operate your Sephra chocolate fountain or run your chocolate fountain rental business - give us a call! Our team of chocolate fountain professionals is on hand and ready to help! 858.605.3088

Submitted by: root

Gluten Free Chocolate FountainsSo many allergies have started to hit the mainstream as people become more aware of food sensitivities, with the gluten allergy taking top billing. Suddenly, many people are unable to enjoy everyday dessert food like cake and cookies, which means that a chocolate fountain is the perfect answer for a gluten-sensitive client! 

Marketing Your Chocolate Fountain Rental as Gluten-Free 

Chocolate for chocolate fountains is naturally gluten-free, and by offering gluten-free dipping treats to accompany it, there is no reason why a person with a gluten allergy can’t also enjoy a delicious dessert option.  

When you’re talking to a person with a gluten allergy, it’s important to have specific examples of delicious gluten-free dipping treat options and perhaps arranging a taste test to ensure that your promise of gluten-free grandeur is true. 

You could have a gluten-free open house where you set up a milk chocolate fountain and arrange a few dipping treat options, including skewers of fresh sliced strawberries and bananas and small ice cream sundaes drizzled with delicious chocolate for chocolate fountains. Then, have a list prepared of possible gluten-free dipping treats to help seal the deal.  

Also, many places offer gluten-free baked goods, and finding a source for gluten-free cookies that taste great alone and dipped in chocolate for chocolate fountains is also a good option.

 
Choosing Creative Gluten-Free Dipping Treats 

Gluten Free Chocolate Fountain Dipping ItemsThere is such a wide variety of fruit options that are naturally gluten-free that you have a lot of options to offer clients. Fresh berries, cherries, bananas and peaches can be layered together to make colorful skewers and please the palette even more once dipped in chocolate.  

There are confections that also make gluten-free options like most marshmallows. Also, nuts like walnuts, pecans and macadamias all taste great covered in chocolate for chocolate fountains and are gluten-free. Popcorn drizzled with chocolate is also a creative option.  

Another fun, gluten-free option for a party with a chocolate fountain is to have an ice cream station, and drizzle the chocolate for chocolate fountains over the ice cream to make sundaes. Offering extra toppings like a combination of the nuts mentioned above, whipped cream, banana slices, strawberry slices and cherry sauce all help make a delicious dessert that won’t give anyone with a gluten allergy any problems. 

Choosing to offer a gluten-free package as part of your chocolate fountain rental business is an excellent way to draw additional business and give those who have difficulty finding gluten-free dessert options at events a delicious way to enjoy a party.

Submitted by: root

Chocolate covered pretzels are a delicious snack, but they are also a culinary canvas. The next time you get out your chocolate for chocolate fountains and make chocolate covered pretzels, consider taking it to the next level with some of these creative topping ideas. 

Dark and Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzel Ideas 

There are so many ways to pep up a traditional dark or milk chocolate covered pretzels, including creating a little heat, perhaps to enhance a Mexican themed party. Simply add some chili pepper and red pepper flakes to the dark or milk chocolate for chocolate fountains, and mix in some crushed tortilla chips for a heat-seeking crunchy, chocolaty delight.  

You can also dip your pretzels in chocolate and then roll in toasted coconut and crushed pecans or add espresso powder to the chocolate for a rich, mocha flavored pretzel treat. 

You might also heat up some peanut butter, and after dipping the pretzels into the dark or milk chocolate for chocolate fountains, drizzle the warmed peanut butter over for a rich, buttery finish.  

Or, create a pretzel version of a s’more by dipping the pretzel first in dark or milk chocolate then sprinkling with crushed graham crackers and pressing mini marshmallows into the chocolate to adhere them, and then dip again. Finally, add crushed toffee to the chocolate and then dip the pretzels for an extra crunch. 

White Chocolate Pretzel Ideas  

White chocolate for chocolate fountains is another delicious choice for dipping pretzels and jazzing them up with creative twists. Dip pretzels into rich, buttery white chocolate and then sprinkle with cinnamon for a simple yet unique twist. Another way would be to add lemon zest to the white chocolate dipped pretzels and some cane sugar for a citrusy white chocolate pretzel treat.  

You could also melt butterscotch chips and dip pretzels first into the melted butterscotch and then drizzle with generously with rich white chocolate for chocolate fountains. You can also dip pretzels in white chocolate and then sprinkle with crushed toasted pecans or macadamia nuts.  

If you’re feeling really daring, mix up both white chocolate and dark chocolate and dip in the white chocolate and drizzle with the dark. Then, sprinkle bits of toffee, crushed Oreo cookies or toasted coconut. 

No matter which creation you choose to replicate, chocolate covered pretzels make great snacks, party food or a delicious homemade gift for family and friends. You might even host a chocolate covered pretzel party and line up several of the above toppings and let everyone come up with their own favorite chocolate covered pretzel treat.

 

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