Your Guide to Melting Chocolate

Melting chocolate
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Chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-covered bananas, peppermint bark – our mouth is watering just thinking about these treats. Melting chocolate should be the easiest thing to do, but it never quite turns out the way we want it to. It’s so easy to burn and to get the right silkiness. There are two ways to melt chocolate: in the microwave or on the stovetop. Here are your step-by-step directions on how to do each technique. It might seem difficult, but you’ll have it down pat in no time!


  1. Fill a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and place it on the stovetop, bringing it to a boil.
  2. Place a slightly smaller heat-safe bowl on top of the saucepan. The bowl should be resting on the saucepan and not touching the water.
  3. Place the chocolate in the smaller bowl and mix it frequently for 2-3 minutes, making sure all the chocolate melts. When the chocolate is melted remove the bowl from the double boiler.


  1. Put the chocolate in a small microwave bowl.
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds on 30% power. Stir it well and continue microwaving it in 30-second intervals until the chocolate is melted.