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Sep 25, 2009 10:11 AM

Best way to melt/drizzle chocolate chips?

I have a recipe that calls for me to put 2T of chocolate chips in a heavy duty plastic bag, melt in microwave, and then drizzle the chocolate out of a small cut I make in the corner of the bag. Not too thrilled about the idea of melting chocolate in the bag in the micro. Any opinions/suggestions? Thank you!

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  1. Melt the choc chips in a bowl in the microwave in 20 second intervals. Attempt to stir after each time. Choc can be melted but still hold it's shape. Once it is smooth you can try drizzling with the end of a knife, mixing with a bit of melted butter to make more drippy, of then putting in a bag.

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    1. re: daphnar

      I also use the microwave, unless I am melting more than a pound. Ive heard bad things about heating food in a microwave in plastic containers, so I tend to use glass/ceramic.

      Id suggest on medium for 40 seconds at first and then 20 seconds additional, but you don't want to melt the chocolate totally in the microwave. Get it hot enough so approx 2/3 is melted and then let the remainder melt on the counter top after stirring.

      1. re: Kelli2006

        I second using glass or ceramic instead of plastic... I don't know how well ziploc bags do in the microwave.

        If I'm doing a lot of drizzling (batches of chocolate pretzels for instance) then I use these bottles:

        1. re: maplesugar

          It looks like you can melt right in these bottles? Or do you melt first in something glass then transfer?

          1. re: eenie1

            You can melt in them but I wouldn't suggest it. Id melt it in a glass dish and then transfer it. That plastic might contain BPAs.

            You can keep them warm by holding them in a bowl of warm water as you decorate.

    2. Although I never did this, I once read about putting the bowl of chocolate on the warming plate of a drip coffee-maker, which is just the right temp for this task.

      I am absolutely loving the 1.5 qt silicone mixing bowl and set of lipped silicone measuring cups I recently got on Amazon. Melting/pouring thick liquids is neat and easy with these.

      1. I add a touch of veg oil to the chips, a T for a 1-lb bag, and use the double boiler. Makes it smooth and very drizzle-able. Great for cleanly dipping strawberries, too.

        1. I'm old fashioned I guess because I still melt chocolate n the top of a double boiler over gently simmering water.

          I dirzzle cookies by using a fork...Dip fork in melted chocolate then shake over the cookies.

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          1. re: TrishUntrapped

            This is how I melt chocolate as well- works like a charm. I always found that the microwave would burn the chocolate much too fast for my liking...