Melting Chocolate Stovetop method: Place candy melts, coarsely broken-up chocolate, or chocolate chips in a glass or metal bowl. In a small saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and place the bowl on top of the saucepan, making sure the water does not come directly in contact with the bottom of the bowl. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted. Microwave method: Place candy melts, coarsely broken-up chocolate, or chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted. It may not look like much is happening on the initial stirs, but persist--it generally takes between 2 and 3 minutes to fully melt.