The legend says that the Aztec emperor Montezuma was so enchanted by Sephra's gift that he ordered the construction of a huge temple in her honor. The highest room of the temple was designed as a huge fountain, with fresh spring water continuously flowing on every wall. This immense fountain was surrounded with millions of perfect cocoa beans.
The story says that Sephra was so pleased with Montezuma's gift that she appeared in one of his dreams. The next morning, the emperor woke up surrounded by the sweet smell of cocoa. Intrigued, Montezuma went up to the fountain room. There he was surprised to find that water had been replaced with the purest chocolate ever - a true gift from gods.
This is the legend of the Aztec cocoa goddess, the 'inventor' of the chocolate fountain. After reading it, the fact that the most popular company that produces and sells chocolate fountains and accessories is called Sephra seems pretty logical. The company has its headquarters in San Diego, California, and a European branch was established in 2005 in London, UK.
The makers of Sephra chocolate fountains weren't the first to sell the products, but succeeded in making the chocolate fountain the cool accessory to own or rent for big events. The company started selling commercial chocolate fountains in 2003 and home chocolate fountains in 2005.
The Sephra brand is very popular not only due to their quality products and accessible prices, but also because they were the first to produce and sell their own line of Belgian couverture chocolate fondue that required no additional vegetable oil for the chocolate to flow smoothly. No wonder that in the last few years the name 'Sephra' has become almost synonymous with the chocolate fountain industry.
One of the most popular Sephra models is the Elite Fondue Fountain. It's not heavy, has a lovely design, it's easy to assemble, can hold 6 pounds of chocolate and costs around $250. Online reviews show that customers (and their guests, families and friends) are pretty satisfied with the way Sephra Elite works.
There are of course many chocolate fountain producers, dealers and rental companies all over the world, but real competitors for Sephra are not that many: Design & Realisation (located in Canada, they are the ones who invented the chocolate fountain), Buffet Enhancements (Alabama U.S., originally a Design & Realisation distributor, now one of the major players on the market, with modern and good design and features), Giles & Posner (located in UK) and Fundue Foods (they manufacture and sell home fountains).
Before you decide on buying or renting for your event a brand or the other, find complete and objective info about each of them and check as many consumer reviews as you can. Just because a specific product is very popular, that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.