How to Melt Chocolate – For Dummies
But I bet there’s been a time or two when you’ve tried to melt Chocolate and it turned out bad.
Not anymore! I’m going to show you THREE easy and relatively quick ways to melt Chocolate without the burning or unwanted grainy texture.
Here we go…
Method #1 – How to Melt Chocolate in a Double Boiler
What you will need: large sauce pan, double boiler pan (make sure the bottom of it does NOT touch the bottom of the pan when put together), spatula and Chocolate Chips (duh!).
Fill the bottom of the sauce pan with water, making sure the water does NOT touch the bottom of the double boiler. If the water touches, the Chocolate will heat too quickly and burn and/or become grainy.
Place the double boiler in the saucepan and turn the heat to medium low. (Would you believe me if I told you my stove burner pans are medium grey, not black as seen here? Hmmm…)
Add Chocolate Chips. If you are melting a large quantity of Chocolate, divide it into thirds to melt in smaller batches.
Stir the Chocolate as it melts. Do NOT leave unattended.
Almost melted! If you’re only melting a small amount of Chocolate, remove pan from heat before the Chocolate is completely melted. The heated Chocolate will continue to melt the remaining pieces as you stir.
If you have more Chocolate pieces to melt, add it to the melted Chocolate and continue to stir. Repeat these steps until all Chocolate pieces have been added to the pan for melting. Remove from heat before the last of the Chocolate pieces are completely melted. Again, doing so avoids a burned or grainy texture!
All done! Chocolate melted a la double boiler!
Method #2 – How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave
Melting Chocolate in a microwave is very easy! It’s also very easy to ruin it – quickly!
Place Chocolate in a microwave safe bowl (duh!). Nuke for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat these steps until the Chocolate is almost completely melted. As with melting in a double boiler, the key is to not overheat the Chocolate. Closely monitor your Chocolate while it’s melting!!! This will ensure perfectly melted Chocolate every time.
Method #3 – How to Melt Chocolate in a Chocolate Melting Pot
As I demonstrated in my Wilton Chocolate Pro Melting Pot review recently, this electric melter takes the worry out of burning your Chocolate. This method of melting Chocolate is almost identical to the double boiler one, except no water! Simply pour in your Chocolate, flip the switch to “melt”…
As with the first two methods, reduce heat once it’s almost completely melted. In the case of the Wilton melting pot, switch from “melt” to “warm” to hold the temp. That’s it!
So there you have it – three methods for melting Chocolate! If the melting process is monitored constantly, these methods are basically fool-proof.
Now I’m curious – Do you have problems melting Chocolate? What’s your favorite method?
Please share with us Chocoholics! I’d love to hear YOUR Chocolate melting story (or stories)!