How Sanitary is a Chocolate Fountain?

Chocolate fountains sound almost too good to be true. Rich, velvety chocolate pouring continuously over a tiered fountain, while you enrobe your favorite treat in the gooey satisfaction. Connoisseurs can choose between dark, milk or white chocolate to make guests at their events drool. I think I had dreams of such a device as a child.

At first, I was really enticed by the idea of a chocolate fountain, but as I started to think about it more, I suddenly became disgusted by how many germs these devices must have flowing down the tiers.

My chocolate fountain phobia did not start off right away. I have to admit that I have held a strawberry or two underneath a fountain, coating it in my favorite treat. I even considered renting one of the contraptions for my own wedding.

However, after seeing a recent advertisement for a popular buffet restaurant chain, it suddenly dawned on me - chocolate fountains are pools of germs. Do I really want to dip a marshmallow into a ribbon of chocolate that may be tainted with someone else's germs? Take a look around at any buffet restaurant. You are almost guaranteed to find a few "patrons" who probably have not bathed for a few weeks. Add tons of snotty-nosed little kids to that mixture, and you are sure to have a fountain of streptococcus.

Now, to be fair to the restaurants, I am sure that they take proper safety measures to make sure that these fountains are maintained and cleaned on a regular basis, but all it takes is one double-dipper to ruin the fun for us all.

The next time I see a chocolate fountain at a wedding or gathering, I will think twice before partaking. Perhaps I just need to buy my own so that I can be assured that the only germs I'm ingesting are my own.


terry's picture


most people have no idea what the FDA 'allowed' detritus is in chocolate leave alone the airborn gasses and germs of a confined space might be adding to it. yuk!