So a few people have asked me about some tips on chocolate melting, dipping, and drizzling. Here are some tips that will save you from hours of frustration 🙂
1. Instead of melting a whole bar of chocolate, I recommend that you buy chocolate chips or wafers. The smaller size not only helps you control how much of it you want to melt, but it also allows for even heating, which prevents the chocolate from burning.
2. Place it in the microwave. *PayAttention!* This is the step where people get too excited and end up putting it in for too long and burning the chocolate.
STICK TO THE 40-30-30 RULE!
The 1st time you put it in the microwave, put it in for 40 seconds. Then, take the bowl out and stir it even though none of the chips seem to have melted yet. Place the bowl in for another 30 seconds. Take it out and stir again. Keep on repeating this process until you are able to stir without resistance.
Melting chocolate takes patience! Don’t EVER stick it in the microwave for more than 60 seconds, or else it will burn and turn out like this.
3. IF your chocolate turns out like this, NO WORRIES! Shortening is here to save the day! Just put around 1/4 tsp of shortening into the burnt chocolate, and stir it for a while. The chocolate should start loosening up. If the chocolate does not turn smooth, keep adding little amounts of shortening at a time.
Voila! Now you have a bowl of smooth, melted chocolate that you can use for fondue, or place in a piping bag to pipe!
I don’t use this method because it takes double the time to melt your chocolate. However, it does guarantee that your chocolate will not burn
1. Place a bowl of chocolate on a saucepan
2. Fill the saucepan with hot water so that it is halfway up the bowl of chocolate
3. Set the heat on high and continue stirring the chocolate until the chocolate has melted completed
DIPPING the strawberry:
1. Hold the strawberry by the grassy part. If you don’t want the grassy part, you can cut it off and stick a toothpick in the top of the strawberry instead
DRIZZLING the chocolate:
1. This is where the artistic magic happens. I used a #1 Wilton round tip to drizzle over the strawberries.
Happy strawberry dipping! Check out my Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake recipe to see how I applied these strawberries 🙂