How to Chop and Melt Chocolate

Lots of recipes call for melted chocolate. Follow these step-by-step instructions to do it properly.
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What You'll Need

Start with a serrated knife — it grips chocolate the best. Have a cutting board, plate, heat-proof bowl, double-boiler, spatula and a small glass bowl (for microwaving, if needed) handy.

Step 1: Chopping Chocolate

Chop the chocolate into small bits, working from the corner. Use a back-and-forth rocking motion with the knife and be sure to apply even pressure while chopping.

Step 2: Prep Work for Melting Chocolate

Make sure you have a perfectly dry heat-proof bowl. Note: Even the tiniest drop of water will make the chocolate seize. Pour the chopped chocolate pieces into the dry bowl.

Step 3: Melting Chocolate

Use a double-boiler to melt the chocolate. Pour in approximately 2 inches of water. Note: Don't let the top bowl containing the chopped chocolate pieces touch the water. Let it sit. The heat from the pot will do all the work. When the chocolate is nearly melted, remove from heat.

Step 4: Stir the Chocolate

Stir with a spatula until the chocolate is smooth and shiny. Tip: You can also melt chocolate in a microwave by heating at 50- to 70-percent power a few minutes at a time, stirring in between.

Tip: Fixing Seized Chocolate

If water does come in contact with melted chocolate, it can seize, looking dry and pasty. Fix it by adding some cream, oil or butter. The fat will bring the mixture back into balance. Stir until smooth and creamy.

Chocolatey Smooth Perfection

Follow these steps and try the tips to make perfectly melted, silky-smooth chocolate for all your recipes.