A silicone spatula is almost as important as the chocolate itself when it comes to baking with chocolate. Here are three reasons we would never bake any chocolate dessert without a silicone spatula.
Our top pick: Ultimate Spatula, $13 at GIR
1. They can take the heat.
Use one to stir chocolate in a double boiler and you won't have to worry about any meltdowns (we're talking about the spatula, anyway). Silicone can withstand temperatures that plastic just can't. Plus, silicone is gentle on the bottom of all your pots and pans.
2. They're flexible enough for nearly every task at hand.
Mixing up batter? Spreading chocolate onto a sheet pan? Folding chocolate into whipped cream? A silicone spatula — especially this one from GIR — can do all of that. It's got a blade that's strong where it needs to be (the middle!) but flexible enough on the edges to dig deep into the corners of pots, pans, and bowls. And it's got a sturdy, non-slippery handle, which means you'll be able to get a good grip — even if your hand is wet or covered in baking goo.
3. They're easy to clean.
Unlike wooden spatulas, silicone ones can be popped in the dishwasher for load after load. They also won't absorb smells or colors. And, because our pick from GIR is all one solid piece of (colorful) silicone, there are no tiny nooks or crannies for chocolate (or bacteria) to hide in. Once you've cleaned the spatula, you know it's really clean.
Learn more about our favorite spatulas: 5 Spatulas Are Better than 1