Q: I want to make candy this year for various holidays, but I have never done it before. I don’t really want to work with a double boiler like my mother suggested, can I just microwave the chocolate chips?
A: One secret that is very well kept in the baking industry is that yes, you can melt chocolate in the microwave. When you are melting a lot, it can save you time and the arm ache from stirring the chocolate. In the microwave, you can’t burn the chocolate to the bottom of the bowl, so even better!
To melt chocolate in the microwave, you’ll want to place the chips in a microwave safe bowl. Make sure that it has sides high enough for you to stir the contents.
Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave for another 45 seconds. Stir once more and if needed, microwave for another 15-30 seconds depending on how many of the chips have yet to melt. It is important to always stir it well as the heat from the melted chocolate will melt the other chips. You do not want to overcook the chocolate and cause it to separate.
Now you can dip and pour to your heart’s delight. If your chocolate starts to harden again, simply place it in the microwave for 10 seconds to make it hot again. As always stir.
Making candy is a fun event for anyone, whether you are including kids, or you are making a living from it, having this quick tip is sure to save you hours in the kitchen.