I'm planning on using a chocolate fountain for the first time for my New Year's Eve party, since I looove chocolate and think it'll be really festive. After scouring these boards and others I've narrowed it down to the list below. Can anyone share experiences/opinions on my list, and whether it's worth the time to make some of the baked goods myself as opposed to buying them?
My top contenders are:
1) strawberries - probably a given, and would go well w/ champagne
2) marshmallows - another easy choice due to no prep needed
3) pound cake - I can make a pretty good pound cake, but if I'm going to dip it in chocolate anyway, is it worth it to make it from scratch or should I just get a store-bought one (Sara Lee?). What works better, pound cake or angel food cake?
4) chocolate cake/brownie bites - Should I make my own chocolate cake (I can make ahead my recipe and freeze it), or just buy some brownie bites (they're pretty cheap at Costco for a large package)
5) cream puffs - I loved this at a previous party with a chocolate fountain. These seem way too complicated to make from scratch, I think you can buy these frozen?
6) Also considering: pretzels, shortbread cookies, biscotti, madeleine cookies, pretzels (all store-bought).
Since I'm also making a couple other desserts and a bunch of appetizers, I'm even wondering whether I should go with all store-bought items to save time (I only have a couple days to prepare before the party).
Any other suggestions are welcome, but I don't think I want anything too sweet (rice krispies treats, donut holes) since this is an adult party and most of my friends aren't into super-sweet stuff (using dark chocolate for the fountain itself). I'm having around 30 people over, so I'm guessing maybe I shouldn't go beyond 4-5 different dipping items?
Thanks all for your kind advice.