There are so many ways to enjoy chocolate. Whether you’re using cocoa powder in a cake, HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup in your milk or simply savoring a HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy, you know the joy it can bring to moments. Learning how to melt chocolate chips opens up a whole new set of possibilities, from coating fresh fruits to drizzling on top of a homemade pie. So, let’s explore some of the techniques and uses for perfectly melted chocolate chips.
When you were a kid, what was your favorite kind of cookie? If you answered “chocolate chip” you’re not alone. In fact, many surveys confirmed that a classic chocolate chip cookie remains a fan favorite. Why? The chocolate chips, of course! And all the fond memories that come along with them.
But there’s more to baking with chocolate chips than nostalgic cookie recipes. And once you learn how to melt chocolate chips, you’ll be able to unlock a whole new category of recipes and techniques.
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Chocolate chips are ideal for melting because they’re already in small, uniform pieces. When you melt chocolate bars, you need to break or cut them up first, but you can skip that step for chocolate chips.
There are a few methods for melting chocolate, but they all share the same basic rules:
Now that you have those rules in mind, you can start pulling out your supplies to get started.
There are plenty of recipes that call for pure melted chocolate, but you may want to add a little something extra. When melted chocolate hardens again, it can take on a matte or clouded finish. Adding vegetable shortening will give your melted chocolate a shiny luster and more workable texture once it cools. One tablespoon of shortening for every cup of chocolate should do the trick.
Now that you know about this useful add-in, we can go over the melting methods! The two most popular ways to melt chocolate are in the microwave or in a double boiler. They’ll both give you the gradual heat you need to warm your chocolate evenly and keep it silky.
Using the microwave to melt chocolate chips is a quick and convenient choice. You’ll have perfectly melted chocolate in a matter of minutes with hardly any cleanup afterward!
It only takes a couple standard kitchen supplies to make perfectly melted chocolate in the microwave. Get the following out on your counter:
The best way to melt chocolate chips in the microwave is to reduce the power to 50% and heat in 10- or 15-second intervals. Mix your chocolate thoroughly before starting the next wave to make sure it melts evenly. Remember, slow and steady does it.
Pro Tip: Don’t cover your bowl while it heats because condensation could build up and introduce water to the mix, which is bad for melted chocolate.
The total amount of time you spend melting chocolate will depend on how much you stir between heating and the strength of your microwave, but here are some ballpark cook times:
The next most common way to melt chocolate chips is in a double boiler. This sounds fancier than it is, so don’t be intimidated! You likely already have everything you need in your cabinet now.
To set up your own double boiler, you’ll just need to place a heat-safe bowl on top of a pot of hot water. This technique uses indirect heat to melt your chocolate gently and gradually. Many bakers have learned the hard way that heating chocolate chips directly in a pan will heat them too fast and cause them to burn or stick.
Here are the things you’ll need for your very own double boiler at home:
One of the advantages of using a double boiler is that it’s easier to introduce other ingredients (like vegetable shortening) while your chocolate is slowly melting. But you’ll need to be extra careful not to let any water get into the mix.
Different kinds of chocolate chips may take longer or shorter amounts of time, but here are the general timing guidelines to give you an idea of how long it should take to melt ½ cup of each:
The best add-in for melting chocolate is actually vegetable shortening. It has a neutral taste that won’t change the flavor of your chocolate, and the texture of shortening will make your chocolate easier to work with once it melts.
You can expect your chocolate chips to melt down to about half of your starting volume. If you're melting 1 cup of chocolate chips, you'll get 1/2 cup of melted chocolate. Any additions you make, like vegetable shortening, will increase your volume slightly.
Yes! In most cases, it will be important to add some extra fat to the mix if you’re “reactivating” chocolate that has already been melted and hardened. Repeating the process might make your chocolate chips less flavorful and they probably won’t harden again, but there are still plenty of uses for soft remelted chocolate chips.
If your chocolate becomes lumpy from heating too quickly or coming into contact with water, that’s called seizing. Seized chocolate can be difficult to recover from, but one trick you can try is slowly adding fat (like vegetable shortening) to increase the fat content and improve the texture of your chocolate.
Now that you know all the secrets of melting chocolate chips, you can apply your skills to so many great HERSHEY’S recipes! Here are some of our most popular desserts to try: