Chocolate Fountains of Lexington

Q & A

   

Q** What is the Maximum Number of Guests that the Chocolate Fountain will Serve?

A** The chocolate Fountain will serve an unlimited number of guests as long as additional chocolate is added . Our small package includes 5 pounds of imported Belgium Chocolate which will serve up to 50 guests.  Our medium package includes 10 pounds which will serve 50-150 guests. Our large package includes 15 pounds of chocolate which is adequate for appetizers or dessert for up to 150-300 guests. Our extra-large package includes 20 pounds of chocolate which will serve 300-500 guests. Additional chocolate can be purchased for number of guests exceeding the number of guests per package . We will always have an adequate supply on hand if needed and there will be a charge of $5.00 per pound for additional chocolate that is required for an optimal flow.


Q** What Dessert Items are not Recommended to Use with the Fountain?

A** Anything that will break apart easily or crumbles easy-especially pound cake or angel food cake- which tends to compromise the smooth, flowing nature of the Chocolate.

Q** Can the Chocolate Fountain be Used Outside?

A** We do not recommend using the chocolate fountain outdoors. The Chocolate Fountain has such a sweet, inviting aroma that all God's "Heavenly" creatures are tempted to partake! In addition, the chocolate must be kept at a certain temperature, and fluctuating outdoor conditions will greatly affect the chocolate's integrity.

Air flow such as wind, air conditioning, or a blowing heater can affect the flow of chocolate and at times can blow the chocolate off the fountain and possibly on to guests, so please sure and check the location of setup.

 
Q**What are the Table and Electrical Requirements?


A** The Chocolate Fountain requires a 120 volt grounded electrical outlet within 10 feet of the location of the Fountain. In addition a STURDY table is mandatory for the fountain to flow. We recommend a 6 to 8 foot rectangular table to allow for the attendant to stand behind. While round tables look nice, they make it difficult for an attendant to stay with the fountain and for guests to reach. If you are renting a location check with the coordinator about a table. The table will need a tablecloth and the rest I will provide. For an additional charge I can work a theme or color scheme into the table decorations. Otherwise I use neutral decor and the dippables as accents
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Q** What's Required to Reserve the Chocolate Fountain?

A** The requirements are a signed contract and a $150 non-refundable deposit. We can email, mail or fax you the contract. Once you receive the contract please sign and date it, then send it in along with your $150 non-refundable deposit. The balance is due 14 days before your event. You can set up a payment plan to pay smaller amounts to break up the balance into smaller increments. However, the balance is due in full 14 days before the event. Your date is not set until I receive your signed contract and deposit.

 

Q** What if our Event needs to go over the Rental Time listed on the Rental Contract?

A**We provide that option to you at time of reservation.  On the Rental Contract you may request additional rental time and pay our discounted rate of only $25.00 per 1/2  hour.  If additional time is needed on the day of the event, as soon as you possible please notify the Attendant to see if they can accommodate your request and stay longer.  If there are no other functions that the Attendant must get to, then they will do their best to accommodate you, however, you will be charged the Overtime Rate Fee of $37.50 per 1/2 hour and you will be required to pay for this at the time of request.  

  

Here are some facts about chocolate that you may not know.

Chocolate and Fat
Chocolate contributes less than two percent of the fat in the American diet.  
The main sources of fat are meat, full-fat dairy products, and fried foods.  

Chocolate and Saturated Fats
While chocolate contains some saturated fats, studies have shown that not all types of saturated fats raise blood cholesterol levels. For example, stearic acid is a saturated fat that makes up one-third of the fat in chocolate. Stearic acid does not raise blood cholesterol levels. In addition, oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil, makes up one-third of the fat in chocolate. Eating foods with oleic acid as part of
a healthful eating plan has been shown to be beneficial for heart health.

Chocolate and Caffeine
Chocolate contains very little caffeine   See the chart below for the caffeine content of a few items.

Food or Beverage              Caffeine Content
Milk chocolate  (1.4 oz. bar)                      3 to 10 mg.
Dark chocolate (1.4 oz bar)                          28 mg.
Decaffeinated coffee (8 oz. cup)                     6mg.
Regular coffee (6 oz. cup)                         65 to 150 mg.
Hot cocoa (8 oz. cup)                                    6mg.
Cola beverages (12 oz. cup)                      38 to 46 mg.

Chocolate and Polyphenols
Chocolate is made from cocoa beans which come from the cocoa tree "Theobroma  ' cacao. As a result, chocolate contains many of the same healthy compounds from plants, including minerals (copper, iron, zinc, and magnesium) and specific antioxidants called Poly phenols. Poly phenols, like those found in tea and red wine are currently being studied for their potential health benefits.

Chocolate and Allergies
Allergies to chocolate are very uncommon.  If you have been diagnosed with food allergies by a board- certified allergist, you must read labels and avoid the foods or ingredients that cause the allergic reaction. A registered dietitian can help you plan meals and select foods that exclude the food to which you are allergic.

Chocolate and Diabetes
Diabetes occurs when a person’s body doesn't properly regulate blood sugars (blood glucose). Eating certain foods, even simple sugar, does not cause diabetes. All people with diabetes should follow their physicians’ and dietitians’ instructions for meal planning, physical activity, blood glucose monitoring, and medication.

Chocolate and Headaches
Research shows that most headaches and chocolate intake are not related.  Experts agree that most often it is stress, irregular sleep patterns, hunger, and hormone changes that trigger headaches.

Chocolate and Tooth Decay
Tooth decay happens when carbohydrates (both complex and simple) mix with natural bacteria in the mouth.  This creates acid that breaks down the enamel on teeth. Chocolate, which contains carbohydrates, is no more or less responsible for tooth decay than other carbohydrate- containing foods like bread, raisins, crackers, and fruit.  In fact, chocolate actually clears the mouth relatively quickly, reducing the time it spends in contact with the teeth.

Chocolate Cravings
A recent study looked at why we crave chocolate and concluded that people do not become addicted to chocolate.  Instead, the study found that people desire chocolate because they enjoy the sensation of eating it.

Chocolate and Hyperactivity
Pediatricians say there is no link between the sugar found in chocolate or other foods and restlessness or attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

Chocolate and Health
the bottom line........Remember that chocolate can fit into a healthful eating pattern.
Be sure to eat a variety of foods.
Enjoy chocolate in moderation to add flavor and pleasure to eating.

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