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  • Powerful 1000W heating capability for quick start up and reaction time to temperature adjustments
  • Adjustable faucet for different thicknesses to dispense anything from melted butter to pancake syrup
  • Easy-to-read thermostat allows user to set desired temperature
  • Large 2.6 gallon (10 liter) storage capacity so you don’t run out
  • Rotating paddles slowly blend product for optimal consistency

Keep your hot beverages and toppings perfectly blended the Avantco DHC-26 2.6 gallon hot beverage / hot topping dispenser!

Packed with great features, this dispenser can be used at tailgates, catered events, company picnics, and buffets. A large 2.6 gallon tank holds a fantastic variety of products, from syrups and gravy to au jus, drawn butter for seafood, and piping hot cider or hot chocolate! Plus, it is presented in a crystal-clear bowl for increased merchandising. Thanks to the stainless steel boiling tank and heating element, cleaning and sanitizing the unit at the end of the day is a breeze.

  • CE Listed

    CE Listed

    This item complies with the standards imposed by the Conformance European (CE), a division of the Intertek group.

  • 5-15P


    This unit comes with a NEMA 5-15P plug.

Interior Rotating Paddle

The interior rotating paddle keeps the product well blended and consistently mixed for the best customer experience.

Adjustable Faucet

The front rod on the faucet can be adjusted depending on the thickness of the beverage you are dispensing. This dispenser is not recommended for very thick products like hot fudge or caramel.

Drip Tray

A drip tray with a float indicator prevents messy, dangerous spills in case of accidental drips or splashes from overfilled cups.

Adjustable Thermostat

The easy-to-read thermostat lets you adjust the temperature from 160 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

Overheat Sensor

An overheat sensor allows for safe operation by preventing the unit from overheating and causing injuries to guests or staff members.

Customer Q&A Ask a Question

Can I make hot chocolate in this machine?
No. This dispenser should not be used for mixing ingredients or making beverages from scratch. It is to be used exclusively for holding and dispensing pre-mixed hot beverages.
What is the maximum temperature setting on this dispenser?
For best results, do not set the temperature dial on this dispenser past 85 degrees Celsius (185 degrees Fahrenheit). Higher temperatures may affect product quality and also cause damage to the machine's internal components.
My hot chocolate is separating - what's wrong?
Some homemade hot chocolate recipes call for strictly milk and chocolate. These recipes are not recommended for use in hot chocolate dispensers; the mixture is not stable enough to prevent separation from occurring. For best results and optimal consistency, use a mix or recipe containing sugar or other sweeteners.
Can I serve hot fudge, caramel, or cheese sauce in this machine?
No. This dispenser is not recommended for hot fudge, caramel, or cheese sauce. For thicker toppings and sauces, try Carnival King HSPW35 3.5 Qt. Warmer with Heated Spout and Pump.

Avantco Hot Chocolate Dispenser

Keep your delicious pre-mixed beverages piping hot and ready to serve with the Avantco Hot Chocolate dispenser! The clear design of the bowl helps merchandise your hot cocoa, while the rotating paddle within the bowl keeps the drink well blended for a consistent taste.

Keep hot beverages ready to serve anytime and anywhere with the Avantco hot chocolate dispenser. Depending on how many guests you'll be serving, you can choose between the 1.3 gallon unit, or one that doubles in size to hold 2.6 gallons. Although these units are not designed to make hot chocolate, they're perfect for keeping your pre-mixed beverages piping hot and ready to serve. Our Avantco hot chocolate dispensers have convenient features and easy controls. The clear design of the bowl helps merchandise your hot cocoa, while the rotating paddle within the bowl keeps the drink well blended for a consistent taste. The adjustable thermostat features easy-to-read markings so you can hold your hot chocolate in the ideal temperature range between 160-185 degrees Fahrenheit. Eliminate spills and mess with the no-clog faucet and drip tray. Guests will easily be able to serve themselves with the large faucet handle. Not only does the front rod on the faucet prevent clogging, but it can also be adjusted depending on the thickness of your hot drinks. The Avantco hot chocolate dispensers come with a lid, cleaning brush, and a NEMA 5-15P plug. These dispensers make holding and dispensing hot cocoa and other pre-prepared hot drinks easy for your operation.

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Overall Dimensions:
  • Width: 11 Inches
  • Depth: 16 Inches
  • Height: 22 3/4 Inches
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Warranty Info

The Avantco DHC-26 comes with a 6 month replacement warranty. It is intended only for commercial use. Any issues that arise during residential use will not be covered by the warranty.

Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Avantco DHC-26 2.6 Gallon (10 Liter) Hot Beverage / Hot Topping Dispenser

    2.9 stars from 13 reviews


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    Hot chocolate great Avantco unit customer heat machine service smaller
    5 out of 5 found this review helpful
    I ordered two of these, one this size and one the smaller 1.3 gallon size. The smaller ones motor died after about five minutes being on (I followed the directions precisely, not user error). Multiple emails on the avantco website (the only method given of contacting them) have yielded no responses. Unfortunately due to unseasonal weather here in NYC this year, I didn't even open up the box till after the 30 webstaurant return period expired. The problem with both units is that neither dial will turn up so that the hot chocolate is hot enough. both temperture dials on this large unit and on the smaller unit stop turning at about 75 degrees, even though the tenperture dial goes up to 120 degrees (celcius, I;m assuming). This makes the cocoa hot-ish, but not hot enough. I would highly recimmend buying any other product than this one because of these issues, and because of the lack of response and limited ways of contacting Avantcos customer service. As far as I'm concerned the money I spent on both machines and shipping was money down the toilet.
    Thank you for the review, Fran. We're sorry this unit is not working well. A Customer Solutions Representative will contact you shortly regarding this issue.
    3 out of 4 found this review helpful
    I've been using this for 2 years and it does the job. However, within a fee weeks of purchase the water tank started to leak and Avantco customer service was not very helpful. I've also had some issues with the spigot. Not the easiest to disassemble either.
    Thank you for your feedback! We’re sorry you did not prefer this product. For recommendations, please contact our Customer Solutions team.
    2 out of 2 found this review helpful
    Bought 3 of these less than a year ago and they worked well at first but since then 2 have completely stopped working, I assume the 3rd will stop working also eventually. Avantco customer service is of no use, no one has answered by emails. They are not cheap for a topping dispenser and supposed to be restaurant grade, could not be farther from the truth.
    We appreciate your feedback! We’re sorry this is defective. A Customer Solutions Representative will be contacting you soon.
    2 out of 2 found this review helpful
    I thought this unit would be great for heating milk and Hot Chocolate but unfortunately it didnt work. It took over an hour just to heat water when tested and I followed all the instructions through and through. Called Avantco and even talked to one of the tech guys and they stated it was not supposed to take that long to heat. Called Webstaurant and sent back for a credit. Could of just been a bad heating element but thought I should give my experience on this product since I thought it was a great idea for high volume heated products.
    Thank you for the review, Chris. We do wish this dispenser would have suited! Our Customer Solutions Team was happy to make sure the situation was made right.
    1 out of 3 found this review helpful
    work well the first two times we used it but they did not ship the plug for the drain and the one we put in caused the unit to leak water.
    I bought this machine for my business, however due to covid delays etc. we have not officially opened yet. I have however had two fundraising and development events where I used the machine (plus one use prior to first event for testing.) The first two uses the machine worked great, it was everything I was hoping for in opening a custom hot chocolate shop. The third event which was 6 months later however, the motor stopped turning the blender. The machine now keeps drinks hot, but doesn't continuously mix them. Unfortunately since our events were so spaced out the machine is now out of warranty so there's not much that can be done. I plan on purchasing another hot chocolate machine (obviously my business plan requires it), and if it has to be this particular machine I will be getting the extended warranty. So disappointing! Also, the breakdown for cleaning is a pain, and the instructions could be more detailed.
    We appreciate your review, Kaitlyn. We wish this Avantco DHC-26 2.6 Gallon (10 Liter) Hot Beverage / Hot Topping Dispenser would have worked out for you. Our Customer Solutions team will remain in contact with you about this.
    This review is to raise AWARENESS on this product and to explain how Webstaurant.com ONLY stands behind their warranty and NOT the products they sell on their website . This is my 3rd unit, ALL failed! The last one was a replacement from the item still bieng under warranty. Straight out the box it failed. These chocolate warmers are a great idea, but the manufacturer knows there is a flaw in their design, but fails to address it. I say it due to my experience with the 3 units ive owned, also the other reviews online about this same warmer. Stay away, unless you want to go through the dissapointment of a service rep on webstaurant, simply telling you. Sorry item is out of the 6 month warranty. Dont give your money away to webstaurant, since they are the only voice for AVANTCO. Avantco will not reply to you. Save the hassle stay away from this product. Zero Stars and bad image for webstaurant selling low quality products.
    We appreciate your feedback. We’re sorry this is defective. A Customer Solutions Representative will be contacting you soon.
    Great unit, Worked wonderful for hot choc. and other warmed beverages. We used our custom hot choc. mix, put in daily and had no issues. Double check the unit but it works good. When cleaning it did have some leaks quickly, thats why 4/5.
    This Avantco product was shipped on November 20th and received for an important Christmas Market my company sells at each year. Its use was to maintain Hot Chocolate temperatures above 165 f which it did. It was not used to heat the beverage as I made sure of the temp safety of the milk product going into the dispenser. It performed well for 3 days. All it really needed to do was dispense and keep it temperature above said degrees. However, after following cleaning protocols the dispenser no longer turns power off by on/off switch. You have to unplug it to turn off power which makes it unsafe. This is after 3 days use and within 30 days of purchase. I expect to be contacted about help with replacement/ repair.
    Thank you for your review, David! We are sorry this Avantco DHC-26 2.6 Gallon (10 Liter) Hot Beverage / Hot Topping Dispenser has not worked well for you. A Customer Solutions Representative will contact you soon!
    How can I accurately define this machine. I bought two of them they work but one developed a squeak very irritating. When serving to kids I like the ability to turn down the heat and serve at a lower temp!
    Thank you for your feedback! We are sorry your Avantco DHC-26 2.6 Gallon (10 Liter) Hot Beverage / Hot Topping Dispenser was defective. Action has been taken to remedy this. Please reach out to our Customer Solutions team if you have any questions!
    I loved this for mixing Mexican style chocolate that is a little thicker than regular hot chocolate. but it did a great job mixing and kept it hot for those cold months
    This is a great machine to have in the office. I like that it keeps my drinks warm. You can use it with any drink
    0 out of 1 found this review helpful
    This dispenser works great for our Mexican hot chocolate. It’s meant to MAINTAIN your hot chocokate hot and fresh. So we make it stovetop at our kitchen first, then pour it into this machine for hot holding for our morning customers.

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