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How To Melt Chocolate

How to Melt Chocolate -
Parker Feierbach

Melting chocolate can be intimidating. Leaving it for just a few seconds too long or unattended can lead to a disastrous, burnt mess. With a few simple tips, you can feel confident melting all types of chocolate for all of your Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Oreo Truffles.

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Melting on the stovetop

Melting chocolate on the stovetop is the preferred method. A double boiler gives you the best control over the heat. The steam of the simmering water gently melts the chocolate so that it doesn't burn.

Parker Feierbach

Create a double boiler by bringing a medium pot filled a little less than halfway with water to a simmer. Place a heatproof bowl that's just big enough to sit on top of the pot and add your chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar to the bowl. Keep the pot over low heat and stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula until silky smooth.

Pro tip: After removing your bowl from the double boiler, take a towel and wipe the bottom dry. You don't want to risk any water finding its way into your bowl. Water is chocolate's worst enemy and will cause it to seize so you want to avoid water touching it all costs.

Parker Feierbach

Melting in the microwave

Melting in the microwave is the faster of the two methods, but it is still important to watch it carefully. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and only microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. Once chocolate is looking almost melted with just a few lumps, don't microwave it again just stir the chocolate until it is completely smooth.

Adding a tablespoon of coconut oil or vegetable oil while microwaving helps the chocolate melt more smoothly and makes it the perfect consistency for dipping!

Parker Feierbach
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