How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

Meghan Splawn
Nov 30, 2017
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Have you ever hastily tossed a bowl of chocolate into microwave, set it to one minute, and come back to find burned bits of chocolate around the bowl and big clumps of chocolate unmelted? Oh, no? I guess that's just me. Well, in case you need chocolate for dipping holiday cookies, coating truffles, or adorning berries, this is a foolproof method for melting chocolate in the microwave.

How to Perfectly Melt Any Chocolate in the Microwave

Two key steps will give you perfectly melted chocolate using the microwave, every time. The first is making sure the chocolate is in small, uniform pieces. Chocolate chips do well here, because they are petite and all the same size. Chocolate blocks and bars should be finely chopped for melting. Move the chopped chocolate to a glass bowl for melting. Glass insulates the chocolate better, preventing scorching.

Secondly, heat the chocolate in 30-second bursts and stir between each. For the first burst or two, stirring will feel arbitrary, but by the third, you see plainly that the edges of the bowl are melting faster than the center and distributing their heat will melt everything more evenly and quickly.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

How to Use Microwave Melted Chocolate

This microwave method won't keep your chocolate in temper (that is, it won't set up snappy and shiny for coating candies or cookies to be kept at room temperature); you'll need our cooking lesson on how to temper chocolate for that. But this melting method can be used for chocolate destined for batter or topping and coating refrigerated treats like homemade truffles or strawberries.

How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

Makes 8 ounces melted chocolate

What You Need

8 ounces chocolate

Serrated knife
Cutting board
Microwave-safe glass bowl


  1. Finely chop the chocolate. Finely chop the chocolate into small, uniform pieces with a serrated knife. Transfer to a medium glass microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat. Microwave the chocolate in 3 (30-second) intervals, stirring between each. When the chocolate is mostly melted and only a few tiny pieces remain, stop microwaving and set aside at room temperature; the last few pieces will melt.
  3. Cool before dipping or adding to batter. Cool the chocolate for 5 minutes before using to dip truffles, pretzels, strawberries, or for drizzling over popcorn.
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