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How to Melt Chocolate

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Created by Mariam E.
Learn how to easily melt chocolate on the stovetop or in the microwave! Follow this simple step by step guide to avoid seized or burnt chocolate.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups chocolate 12 ounces/240 grams


How to Melt Chocolate on the Stove Top:

  • Cut the chocolate into uniform pieces or use chocolate chips.
  • In a medium saucepan or bottom of the double broiler, bring 1 cup of water to simmer over low heat. Place a heat resistant bowl on top of the pot, making sure it’s not touching the water if not using a double broiler.
  • Place your chocolate in the bowl/top of the double broiler and allow the steam from the simmering water to heat the bowl and melt the chocolate. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted.
  • Once melted, remove from the heat and use immediately.

How to Melt Chocolate In the Microwave

  • Cut the chocolate into uniform pieces.
  • Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, making sure not to overfill. Do two batches if your bowl isn’t large enough.
  • Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for 1 minute at 50% power level.
  • Stir the chocolate and heat again at 50% power level for 20 second. Stir. And repeat until the chocolate has almost fully melted.
  • Near the end when there are just a few lumps left in the chocolate, instead of microwaving again, just stir until the chocolate has smoothed out and fully melted.
  • Once melted, remove from the heat and use immediately.


  • Use good quality chocolate for melting always.
  • Do not add water into the chocolate. If you need to thin in out, add coconut oil or butter.
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