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How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

Last Updated on 17th December 2021 by

There are so many great uses for melted chocolate that it can be helpful to know how to melt chocolate in the microwave. You can save money by not buying already melted chocolate from the grocery and just melting your own at home in the microwave. 

This can be used as a topping on desserts like cookies and cake. You can also use it to make a variety of recipes that call for melted chocolate. It is very inexpensive to buy a bar of chocolate or chocolate chips compared to buying pre-melted chocolate.

Usually, the chocolate that you buy in the store that is already melted have special preservatives and additives in it to keep it in that semi-liquid state. You can avoid all that if you just melt your own at home. You might be surprised at some of the incredible foods you can make once you know how to no chocolate in the microwave for dipping.

What Kind of Chocolate Can You Use?

There are a few different kinds of chocolate that can be used for melting in the microwave to make melted chocolate. You can use regular chocolate chips or white chocolate chips as well. These are actually designed very well for melting, and you can also use bars of chocolate. If they are just chocolate and don’t contain nuts and other extra ingredients, they will melt better and give you just melted chocolate.

No matter which kind of chocolate you use, the method for how to melt chocolate chips in the microwave or any other kind of chocolate is pretty much the same. Just put your chocolate into a microwave safe bowl. If you are using a large chocolate bar to melt, be sure to break it up into smaller pieces so it can melt more evenly. It is best to put your microwave onto a low or defrost setting to melt chocolate.

How long to milk chocolate chips in the microwave? It may take a few minutes for them to melt completely, but it is best to heat them for about 30 seconds at a time period after each 30-second interval, you should stir the chocolate with a whisk or a wooden spoon. If it is not completely melted by that point, you can put it back into the microwave and heat for an additional 30 seconds.

How long does it take to melt chocolate in the microwave at high heat? If you’re using high heat, you can put the chocolate in the microwave for 20-second intervals. Just use the same process and stir the chocolate after each 20-second heating.

Once it has melted sufficiently, you can leave the chocolate to sit for about 30 seconds. It will keep cooking after you take it out of the microwave, so allow it to do that before working with it.

How to Melt White Chocolate Chips in the Microwave

What kind of chocolate you use will not make much of a difference as to how long it takes to melt. White chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, and even butterscotch chips all melt about the same way. You can use the same method up above for how to melt white chocolate in the microwave. White chocolate melts just as easily in the microwave as other kinds of chocolate.

How Long Does It Take to Melt Chocolate Chips in the Microwave?

I’ve talked about using 20 and 30-second intervals to heat your chocolate in the microwave, but how long does it take to melt the chocolate?

How long it takes to melt them will depend on how many you are trying to melt at once. If your microwavable bowl is packed out with chocolate chips, it’s going to take longer for them to all melt than it would for a few chocolate chips to milk. So, make sure you use only as much chocolate as you need. A large bowl of chocolate chips may take a few minutes to melt completely.

How to Melt Baking Chocolate in the Microwave

I have talked mostly about how to melt milk chocolate chips in the microwave, but of course there are other kinds of chocolate you can use to make homemade melted chocolate. Baking chocolate and chocolate almond bark are both good options for making melted chocolate at home.

Is there any difference in how you melt them in the microwave? Remember what I told you earlier about breaking up the large piece of chocolate into smaller pieces. The chocolate chips, whether white chocolate or milk chocolate, will melt quickly and easily in the microwave because they are small pieces. The big pieces of chocolate will melt faster easier if you break them down. You can slice them with a knife or break them up using a large, blunt instrument.

If you don’t break it down into smaller pieces, what happens is that the sides and ends of the chocolate will melt first. The rest of the chocolate would take much longer to melt because it’s at the center of the larger bar. You can end up with chocolate that is very melted and possibly burnt on the outside with chocolate that still chunky and not quite melted on the inside. This is why you break it up into little pieces before putting it in the microwave to melt.

Using Your Melted Chocolate

It’s best to use melted chocolate right away, while it is hot and liquid. If you store it in the fridge after you have melted it, it can harden again, and you may need to melt it once more. The melted chocolate you find in the grocery will often have special ingredients in it from hardening and thickening too much. You might not have that option available to you with your homemade melted chocolate. That’s why it’s best to use it right away, if at all possible.

You can use melted chocolate as a drizzle over crackers, cookies, cake, and marshmallows. It can be used on ice cream as well and in place of chocolate syrup. You can put it on fruit as well, using milk chocolate to dip your strawberries, bananas, raspberries, and other fruit.

These are just a few ideas for how to use your melted chocolate, and I bet after you make it yourself, you’ll have a few ideas of your own.

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