How NOT to Burn Chocolate Chips While Melting Them

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Have you ever tried to recreate a seemingly easy recipe from the Food Network and ended up with something practically inedible?

I’ll admit, I’m more of a cook than a baker, but I used to have this experience almost every time I try to copy a yummy baked good--especially when it came to melting chocolate chips.

It sounds simple, but somehow I used to end up burning them almost every time. With practice and research, I learned how to perfectly melt chocolate chips without burning them.

Pick Your Kind Of Chocolate Chips

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It can be dark chocolate, white or even different colors. Get creative! You can decorate cupcakes, write with chocolate on a birthday cake, make chocolate bunny shapes for the kids...

Just choose the kind of Chocolate Chip that you love, and let's get started!

Microwave Method

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1 - This method is the best method if you are just starting out. Get a glass or plastic bowl, remember not to use metal in the microwave.

2 - Pour your chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and set the microwave for 10 seconds, then stir.

3- The trick to microwaving chocolate chips is to do so incrementally to check on your progress.

4 - Repeat this process as many times as needed until your chocolate chips are almost completely melted.

5- Take the bowl out carefully (it will be hot!) and stir until completely melted.

The heat from the chocolate will help melt the last couple pieces and prevent it from burning. Voila!

Stovetop Method

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1- Heating chocolate chips over the stove requires either a double boiler or a saucepan and metal bowl.

2 - Fill your bottom pot (or saucepan) with about two inches of water and bring to a boil.

3 - When boiling, rest the top pot (or metal bowl) on top of the boiling water. Add in the chocolate chips.

4 - As the water heats the bowl, the chocolate chips will begin to melt. Stir frequently and remove from the bottom pot immediately when fully melted.

5 - If you’re not quite ready for the chocolate, turn off the stove and leave it on top of the hot water.

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With both methods, keep in mind that the chocolate will begin to harden as soon as it is removed from the heat.

If you are using the chocolate in a recipe, do not melt the chocolate until you have reached the stage in the recipe requiring the melted chocolate.

To reheat the chocolate, simply repeat the steps in either method.

There You Have It! Perfectly Melted Chocolate Chips.

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How to eat them? Use the melted chocolate chips as dip for strawberries, as frosting on your favorite brownies or cake and simply by the spoonful.

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