Learn the best and most fool-proof ways to quickly melt chocolate.
Place chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on 50 percent power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave on 50 percent power for 2 to 3 more minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until chocolate is melted and smooth.
Hyvee Culinary Expert TipWhen melting chocolate, make sure it is always uncovered. Covering the chocolate will allow steam to build up and allow water to drop into the chocolate causing it to seize and become grainy and thick instead of smooth and silky.
Place chopped chocolate in a small heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly until chocolate just begins to melt. Remove saucepan from heat and continue stirring until smooth.
Hyvee Culinary Expert TipWhen melting chocolate, make sure your equipment and utensils are dry—chocolate will seize and clump if it comes in contact with water—even if only a few drops.
Place chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir occasionally until chocolate is almost melted. Remove from heat and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.