How to Chop and Melt Chocolate: A Step-by-Step Guide

Lots of recipes call for melted chocolate. Read these step-by-step instructions to do it properly, then watch the how-to video.
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What You'll Need:
Start with a serrated or chef's knife — they grip chocolate the best. Have a cutting board, plate, heatproof bowl, double boiler, spatula and small glass bowl (for microwaving, if need be) handy.

Step 1: Chop 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, heatproof bowl. Note: Even the tiniest drop of water will make the chocolate seize. Pour the chopped chocolate pieces into the dry bowl.

Step 3: Melt 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. If the bowl is too hot, hold it with a potholder.

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 use the tips to make perfectly melted, silky-smooth chocolate for all your recipes. Watch our how-to video for more.

How to Chop and Melt Chocolate 01:51

Learn how to chop and melt chocolate (and a foolproof fix, if necessary).

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