Melting chocolate in the microwave is easy to do and great for a time saving baking hack. But it can also go SO wrong! And chocolate isn’t cheap. So I’ve learned how to melt chocolate in the microwave the correct way. No more burnt chocolate. Just glossy, smooth decadent chocolate.
Listen I’ve tried all the ways to melt chocolate. Double boilers. Chocolate melting pots. But I keep coming back to one EASY tried and true method.
The microwave. And I’m not afraid to admit it.
Melting chocolate in the microwave successfully really boils down to a few essential things. Chocolate can be known for burning and seizing up. So with just a few simple tips you can easily melt chocolate in your microwave.
Is It OK To Melt Chocolate In The Microwave?
Well I think we know the answer to that one now don’t we? YES!
However, it’s important to note: Melting chocolate in the microwave will not be tempered, therefore the chocolate will not have a shiny finish.
Is it better to melt chocolate on the stove or in the microwave?
You can do either. But I prefer to use the microwave even though there’s a higher chance of burning. But it’s much faster and requires less dishes.
Ok so you ready?!
How To Melt Chocolate In The Microwave
Step 1: Chop Up Your Chocolate
You need your chocolate to be in smaller pieces so it can melt easily. You can use either bar chocolate and chop it finely. Or use chocolate chips.
Step 2: Microwave For 30 seconds
Now you want to microwave your chocolate for 30 seconds in a microwave safe bowl. I always recommend NOT using plastic and plastic bowls can retain odors and grease over time which can impart flavor into your chocolate.
Step 3: Give It A Stir
Your chocolate most likely at this point will not be melted. And it may look like the microwave didn’t do a darn thing. That’s where you have to give it a stir. The chocolate will continue to hold its shape even if its melted. So remove the bowl (careful it can be hot!) and give it a stir.
Step 4: Repeat Until ALMOST all melted.
Now you want to repeat steps 2 and 3 until the chocolate is almost completely melted. Its important that you stir the chocolate after ever 30 second interval because the chocolate may appear to still be in solid shape until you stir it. And this is usually how people end burning their chocolate.
And stop heating when almost all of the chocolate is melted. Then just continue to stir the chocolate until completely smooth. The residual heat will melt the few remaining solid pieces in the bowl.
You can also shorten the interval time (15-20 seconds) if it seems like there is very little chocolate in solid form.
What Can I Use Melted Chocolate For?
- Dipping Fruit and pretzels
- Stir into buttercream frosting
- Glaze for donuts or cakes
- Eclairs and cream puffs
- Make 3-ingredient turtle candies
Melting Chocolate In The Microwave
- chocolate chopped into small pieces or chips
- Chop chocolate into small pieces or use chips
- Add to microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the chocolate. Some chocolate will be melted, but most will be intact.
- Return to the microwave and microwave for another 30 seconds.
- Remove and stir. Repeat this process until MOST of the chocolate is melted. Then stir until the final pieces are melted. The residual heat from the chocolate will melt the few remaining pieces.