This year we did a chocolate fountain for the kids on Christmas Day. It was great and ALL the kids seemed to enjoy it. We gave them marshmallows, oreos, pretzels, strawberries, and christmas cookies to "dip" into the fountain. They had so much fun and it wasn't that messy. We purchased the fountain and Target and it wasn't pricey at all, I think around $30, I am sure they can get really expensive but for family or parties this was PERFECT. They have chocolate chunks that you get for the fountain but they also have directions if you choose to use other types of chocolate. Of course we knew it was time to shut it down when the kids got out straws and started drinking from the fountain. The great thing was that you can put the parts in the dishwasher!