I don’t know if you’ve seen ads on TV for the buffet placed called Golden Corral recently, Sisters and Brothers. They have new chocolate fountains in all of the restaurants. Our server and the manager the last time we went told us that some places got cotton candy machines as well. Who cares about that? We want chocolate. At Golden Corral they call their fountain the "Chocolate Wonderfall" as you can see from their sign.
It is located in their dessert section of the restaurant which is called "The Brass Bell" that also has a bakery to the left on the photo. If you haven't been to this buffet before they have four basic areas -- a salad bar, a potato/soup/taco bar, the main entree and sidedish bar, and then this area in the photo to the left.
The fountain is larger than most that you can rent for, lets say, your wedding or a party. Not as large as the floor to ceiling version we say back at a candy shop in 2009 (our first photo intensive post and our first "On the Road" post). For the space it is in at this buffet, it is perfect. The restaurant can easily fit the other desserts to the right or left. I didn't notice anything missing myself from their normal dessert selection.
It tried it out but followed our motto of moderation by using only three of the several items for dipping: small rice crispy treat, marshmallow, and chocolate truffle with colored jimmies on it. The truffle ws unexpected since the ads and the flyers on the table mentioned the other two along with pineapple (also available) and strawberries (not available). I really wanted the strawberry but the truffle helped me confirm that the fountain chocolate is actually much darker by comparison but it was soft and difficult to handle. The rice crispy was my favorite because it really soaked up the fountain chocolate.
I saw kids, teens, adults, older folks, of all sexes, races, and ethnic group at the place use the fountain during the two hours we were there. I spoke with one of the managers and she said it was very popular. Their only problem was kids trying to cover soft serve ice cream in cones; when the ice cream falls, they have to turn off the fountain, throw out the chocolate and start all over because it clogs the machine. DO NOT USE IT ON ICE CREAM CONES!
Over all I was very pleased by their corporate’s decision to put in the fountain. I couldn’t even remember what it may have replaced if anything. So if you have a Golden Corral near you, check it out then let us know what you think.