How to Melt Chocolate – Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years to melt chocolate using the microwave that give the best results every single time. This is the method I used to my very beautiful Heart Shaped Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Let me show you how easy this method is.
Is there anything more delicious than melted chocolate?
One of my favorite snacks to enjoy is chocolate dipped pretzels. However, I think with Valentine’s Day this month, most people are thinking of chocolate covered strawberries.
Tips for Melting Chocolate
When I was first married I would melt chocolate using the double boiler method. And while that works great, if you get water anywhere near the chocolate, the chocolate is ruined and you need to start again.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
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Here are a few of my favorite kitchen tools to use when melting chocolate. The chocolate drizzler tool is one of my favorites when I want to decorate cookies, candies or cakes.
How do you melt chocolate for dipping?
My favorite method for melting chocolate is to use the microwave. You don’t have to worry about accidentally getting water in the bowl and ruining the chocolate. Here are my favorite products to use for melting chocolate:
Step 1: Use Almond Bark
Almond Bark is a combination of cocoa butter with vegetable oil mixed with coloring and flavoring. It’s sold in blocks and was at first used to make “almond bark candy.”
If you look closely at the packaging, you’ll see the tiny words, “Make your own” above the big words, “Almond Bark.”
Step 2: Use Candy Melting Chips
Another easy way to melt chocolate is to use candy melting chips. They come in a variety of colors too.
Directions for Melting Almond Bark or Candy Melting Chips
- Begin by placing the almond bark or candy melting chips in a microwave-safe bowl and place the bowl in the microwave using the low setting and starting out in 30 seconds intervals.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the chocolate. One of the biggest mistakes people make with using the microwave is, they forget to stir the chocolate after each interval. Chocolate pieces can retain their shape until you stir them.
- If you don’t stir, you risk burning the chocolate.
- Return the chocolate back to the microwave and repeat with another 10 to 15 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted.
- In just a few minutes you’ll have perfectly beautiful melted chocolate for dipping.
What Tastes Good with Melted Chocolate?
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LIKE THIS RECIPE? TRY THESE OTHER OTHER VALENTINE’S DAY RECIPES:
- Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies – perfect for Valentine’s Day!
- Valentines Day Ice Cream Floats
- Heart Shaped Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Valentines Day Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- 6 - one ounce squares of baking chocolate
- Place the chocolate squares into a microwavable safe bowl.
- Then place the bowl in the microwave.
- Using the low setting the cook time to 30 seconds.
- At the end of the first 30 second interval, remove the bowl and stir the chocolate with a spoon or rubber spatula.
- Return the bowl to the microwave and repeat. Making sure you stir the chocolate after each 30 second interval of cooking.
- Once the chocolate is almost all melted, remove the bowl from the microwave. Place on the counter and continue stirring until completely melted.
- You need to make sure you're stirring the chocolate after each 30 second interval of cooking.
- Chocolate pieces can retain their shape until you stir them.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 4gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g
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This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2016 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!