Looking for the best way to melt chocolate? We’ve got you covered! From dipping to dunking, we’ll show you the three best ways to melt your chocolate or chocolate melting wafers.
If you’ve ever wondered how to make melted chocolate for decorating your treats, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re dipping strawberries, cake pops, donuts or pretzels, getting your dipping chocolate to the perfect consistency is key to delicious results.
There are three easy ways to melting chocolate for dipping: the stovetop, the microwave, and a melting pot. When you use each method depends on the recipe or project you’re making.
Best Chocolate for Melting
Chocolate Pro Melting Chocolate is designed for easy melting. It can be used in a chocolate fountain, a fondue pot, or to simply drizzle on your treats! Its smooth texture and rich chocolate flavor make it perfect to use with fruit, pound cake, cookies, pretzels or potato chips.
Candy Melts candy is great for dipping, dunking and drizzling. They’re easy to melt in the microwave, on the stovetop or in the Candy Melts melting pot. Best of all, they come in a variety of colors and flavors! Try the Light Cocoa Candy Melts Candy or Dark Cocoa Candy Melts for dipping your treats. Candy Melts are also ideal for covering cake or cookie pops.
How to Melt Chocolate Chips
Whether you’re using white, milk or dark chocolate chips, the rules for melting chocolate chips are the same – slow and steady wins the race. Any chocolate that comes in chip form almost always includes a food-safe wax to prevent the chip from losing its shape. This is why they’re so great to use in cookies, as they don’t melt and become liquid at high temperatures.
Because of this, it’s easy to burn chocolate chips if you’re trying to melt them down to a liquid consistency. The best way to melt chocolate chips is a double boiler or a melting pot. These methods distribute heat evenly over an extended period of time and prevent you from burning your chocolate.
How to Melt Chocolate for Dipping, Dunking and Drizzling
How to Melt Chocolate in Microwave
The microwave is great for melting chocolate in small amounts (1 cup or less). Any larger and you run the risk of burning your chocolate.
Be sure to read the instructions on the packaging for how to microwave your chocolate or candy wafers. You’ll most likely have to change the power setting to avoid overcooking. Make sure you’re using a microwave-safe bowl for better heat distribution (glass is great for this).
Types of chocolate that can be melted using this method: Melting wafers, Candy Melts candy, chocolate chips (small amounts)
How to Melt Chocolate on Stove
One of the best ways to melt chocolate and candy wafers is in a double boiler. A double boiler uses hot steam, rather than a flame, to melt your chocolate.
To create a double boiler, place a small saucepan filled with about 1 in. of water on the stove. Place your chocolate in a heat-safe bowl that’s larger than the mouth of the saucepan (your bowl should not be touching the water in the pan).
Turn the heat up to medium-low. As the water boils, the steam will rise and melt your chocolate. This method is great for larger amounts of chocolate (1 cup or more), as it is virtually impossible to burn or overcook it!
However, you want to be extra cautious not to allow steam to come in contact with your chocolate. The water can cause your chocolate to seize, rendering it unusable. If you notice a lot of steam coming out from around your bowl, either lower the temperature or remove some of the water.
Types of chocolate that can be melted using this method: Melting wafers, Candy Melts candy, chocolate chips (large amounts)
How to Use the Candy Melts Melting Pot
If you need your chocolate to be at a liquid consistency for an extended period of time, the Candy Melts Melting Pot is your best option. The melting pot not only melts your chocolate, but maintains a constant heat source so your chocolate remains liquid for as long as you need it.
The melting pot is great for dipping cake pops or hosting fondue nights. It melts up to 2½ cups of chocolate or wafers in about 10 minutes, so you’ll be ready to dip and dunk in no time!
Types of chocolate that can be melted using this method: Melting wafers, Candy Melts candy, chocolate chips
How to Thin Melted Chocolate
If your melted chocolate or candy wafers come out too thick for dipping or drizzling, you can thin it out using a variety of ingredients.
The easiest method is to use EZ Thin Dipping Aid. EZ Thin helps you control the consistency of the chocolate or candy without changing the overall finish once it sets (it will still be shiny and set properly). Once your candy has melted, add a little EZ Thin at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
If you don’t have EZ Thin on hand, you can also add a small amount of solid white vegetable shortening, using the same technique of starting with a small amount and adding in more as needed.
Unless otherwise directed, we don’t suggest using milk, water, cream, butter or half-and-half to thin your melted chocolate. These ingredients can cause it to seize and render it unusable.
Some decorators also suggest vegetable or coconut oil to thin their chocolate; however, we caution against it, especially if you’re using Candy Melts candy. Both of these ingredients may alter the texture of the candy, so it may not set properly.
So, whether you’re melting chocolate for a fountain, a fondue pot or just to drizzle over some salty potato chips, these quick and easy methods of melting chocolate are sure to help you get the job done!
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