December 20, 2011

Tidbit Tuesday (melting chocolate)

Tis the Season for making all kinds of treats especially ones dipped in chocolate. I learned some tips for melting chocolate that really helped me so I thought I would pass it on in hopes to help you.

#1 NEVER allow any water to come in contact with the melting chocolate. I learned this the hard way. The chocolate will get really thick and lumpy even if just a drop or two of water come in contact with the chocolate. Even the steam from a double broiler can cause this problem. Make sure to keep the chocolate dry as it melts!

#2 If your chocolate gets thick and lumpy blend in a teaspoon of vegetable oil and hopefully the chocolate will smooth out.

#3 White chocolate or vanilla milk chips are the most challenging to melt. This explains my difficulties in the past... Apparently this kind of chocolate will thicken up quick with too much heat.

Have any more good tips for melting chocolate? Please share them in the comments below or e-mail me at

Tomorrow I'll share my recipe for Peanut Butter Balls.

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