Melting Chocolate Chips

Once you get acclimated to melting chocolate chips, you'll find you can use melted chocolate chips as a  dipping chocolate, in chocolate candy recipes, dipping chocolate strawberries, truffle ganache, syrup, frosting, cakes, etc.

Aside from easily making a soft chocolate chip cookie bar recipe (that's a nice mouthful), we can easily use melted chips with chocolate candy molds just like any other type of chocolates, and we don't have to temper it in small batches.

You might have noticed that LB's Creative Candies were inspired by this method! I used confectioners coating to make these, but, the process is the same.

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Basic Melting

Here's a basic recipe on how to melt chocolate chips.

I know..., it's hard to not look at the kids making chocolate strawberries over there, isn't it!

It's amazing what a half pound of chocolate can do for the soul.

Here's What You Will Need

Before we get started here in the kitchen, let's lay out supplies on the counter so we have everything needed.

  • 1 pound (2 cups) melted chocolate (equal to about 2-1/2 cups un-melted chocolate morsels).

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By the way, you might have heard that you can use vegetable shortening for melting chocolate chips.

While that is true, your health is more important.

Coconut oil has a lower melting point than cocoa butter and will enhance thinning down the chocolate chips. That is why I recommend using AUNT PATTY'S-ORGANIC COCONUT OIL 12oz Bottle

In case you would like to keep it compatible with the chocolate chips, there's nothing like thinning with RAW Cocoa Butter 1 Lb

With that said, you'll also need one type of the following (just one)

  • About 2-Tablespoons Coconut Oil, or Cocoa Butter, or vegetable shortening (to thin chocolate)... It's your choice here.
  • Remember Chocolate morsels are thick by design (won't flow) to well for chocolate candy recipes. So if you are melting chocolate for strawberries and want a thinner chocolate coating, add 1 tablespoon of  either
  •  Coconut Oil, or Cocoa Butter, or vegetable shortening for every 1-cup of morsels.

Are you melting chocolate chips in a chocolate fountain? Add about 1/4-cup of your favorite thinning oil per every one pound of chocolate. Be a little conservative here -- as chocolate viscosity (thickness) may vary.

(FYI, Nestlé's morsels usually call for 1-tablespoon vegetable shortening to one-half pound of chips)

Do you need to know how to melt chocolate chips that include adding liquids such as flavoring, cream, etc.? See "Problems & Solutions" under How To Prevent Chocolate From Seizing

    Temperature: Most of the time you can get by without using a thermometer. Simply stir while melting chocolate chips. Once two thirds of the chips are melted, remove from the heat and continue stirring. There should be enough heat within the chocolate to finish the melt if you gently stir.

You can use a double boiler or microwave oven while learning how to melt chocolate chips for chocolate candy molds, dipping chocolate, etc.

You'll find both ways included here.

Step One:

Double boiler: Heat water to simmering (not boiling), around 140-180 °F (60-82 °C).
At a simmer, there won't be abrupt steam plumes to seize melting chocolate chips.

  • Place the chocolate in the upper pan, & place pan onto the warm-lower-pan.

  • Add Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, or Vegetable Shortening.

Microwave oven: Place chocolate morsels in a microwave-safe bowl

  • Add Vegetable Shortening or Cocoa Butter

Step Two:

  • Double boiler: Heat to temperature 115-118 °F (46-47 °C) while gently stirring.

  • Microwave oven: On medium heat, begin melting chocolate chips for 40 seconds. Remove & stir gently.
    Repeat at 10-20 second intervals (bursts) stirring in between until the chocolate morsels melt to temperature 115-118 °F (46-47 °C).

FYI

After melting chocolate chips, the vegetable shortening (or cocoa butter/coconut oil) should be enough to get the morsels flowing.

If not, gently stir in one-half teaspoon at a time until you reach desired thickness for chocolate candy making.

Vegetable shortening might not melt easily when adding directly to the melted chocolate.

Get around this by warming either with the chips initially, or, heat it in a separate container–test the temperature first. Come as close as possible to the melted chocolate chips before stirring in. It's easy to shock chocolate with extreme temperatures.

Test by lifting the melted chocolate with a spatula. If blobs fall, you might want to add just a little more depending on its thickness and the intended use.

Step Three

  • Remove from heat, and set bowl of melted chocolate on a towel. If using the double boiler, wipe all the water off the bottom.

Note: As needed, you may need to gently heat, or remove from the heat, to retain temperature while creating in chocolate candy molds or dipping. And that's it!

By the way, did you know the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) categorizes sweet, semi-sweet (even the kind used in a soft chocolate chip cookie recipe), and bittersweet chocolates in the same class as sweet chocolate?

The percentages of chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, and cacao (cocoa) content differ though. 

The FDA sets the minimum composition of each, and the makers (manufacturers) increase to the desired amount of components for each type of chocolate from there.

At home we know them as semisweet chocolate morsels that can easily be used for chocolate candy recipes.

But with additions of cacao-derived products, you can get semisweet chocolate coating, and bittersweet chocolate coating.

Melting chocolate chips for chocolate candy making doesn't get any easier to create wonderful chocolates and gift ideas for those special occasions.

Now that you know how to melt chocolate chips, and you're creating your own chocolate yummies, make sure you do flowers and chocolates and you won't go wrong.

Enjoy!

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Hmmm, what to do with the rest of the melted chocolate chips, once you're done with the chocolate candy recipes...

Teach the kids how to melt chocolate chips and then turn them loose on it with some cookies and strawberries!


It's fun to watch them get serious :)

Ask them how to dip strawberries...

First, bite the strawberry and then inspect 'em...

Next, invite the rest of the kids and start dipping.

Then, give them some animal cookies to dip in chocolate...

Sooner or later, they'll run out of chocolate!

Clean up..., is a SNAP!

Enjoy... Let 'em be kids...

I should have given them some chocolate candy molds just to see what they would have created!

Either way, they at least find the melting point of chocolate, you'll laugh, and have a great time!

It's a great stress reliever from right here in Elma Washington!