The Perfect Way to Melt Chocolate In the MicrowaveSkills
Adding a touch of melted chocolate to cookies, strawberries, pretzels, or marshmallows is an easy to way to elevate your favorite sweet (or salty) treat. While you can melt chocolate in a double boiler on the stovetop or over direct heat in a saucepan, the quickest and, in my opinion, easiest way is to melt chocolate in the microwave. If you need chocolate for dipping holiday cookies, coating truffles, or adorning berries, this is a foolproof method for melting chocolate in the microwave.
What Is Seized Chocolate and How Do You Fix It?Skills
This is how you can fix it and prevent it in the future!
How to Drizzle Chocolate: The Fastest and Easiest MethodSkills
It's one of the easiest ways to instantly bring your dishes to the next level.
What’s the Difference Between Fudgy, Chewy, and Cakey Brownies?Skills
They each bring something a little different to the table. Here's what sets them apart.
4 Easy Ways to Melt White ChocolateSkills
Plus, how to save it if it seizes.
What Exactly Is White Chocolate?Skills
Yes, it's real chocolate.
What’s the Difference Between Cacao and Cocoa?Skills
Learn more about the main differences between cacao and cocoa, plus, how you can use each.
Feb 14, 2022
The 5 Essential Types of Chocolate and What to Do with Them (Besides Just Eating Them)Skills
Here's what you need to know about each of the 5 main types of chocolate.
Feb 12, 2022
The Surprising Ingredient You Should Skip in Your Chocolate Cake Skills
This might be the one time that butter isn't better.
Feb 11, 2022
5 Smart Tricks for Tasting Chocolate Like a ProSkills
After trying these tips, you'll never say a chocolate bar taste "chocolatey" again.
May 25, 2021
The Best Method for Tempering Chocolate at Home
Skills Showdown
Make everything from chocolate-dipped strawberries to hot chocolate bombs with ease. How sweet is that?
Feb 13, 2021
The One Surprising Thing You Should Never, Ever FreezeSkills
It's also one of the more expensive ingredients in your kitchen.
Aug 17, 2020
This $4 Ingredient Is the Secret to the Very Best Chocolate Desserts
Taste Makers
You need this in your pantry.
Feb 10, 2020
To Give Hot Chocolate a Major Upgrade, Try Adding MisoSkills
Yep, the stuff you put in soup. But hear us out: It's *really* good!
Dec 7, 2019
5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy This Valentine’s DaySkills
This time of year, hearts are abundant in every way, shape, and form. There are the classic heart-shaped candies, of course, but also cookies, cupcakes, and pizzas. Even breakfast gets in on the action with heart-shaped eggs and bacon! (See all the heart-shaped things here.) But it’s rare we actually stop to think about our real heart — and I’m not talking about in the emotional sense.
Jun 8, 2019
The Trick to Making (Intensely Dark) Chocolate Cakes or CookiesSkills
It's the secret behind the color of Oreos.
May 6, 2019
Chocolate Féves for the Perfect Chocolate Chip CookiesSkills
Is the perfect chocolate chip cookie this year’s No-Knead Bread? And if so, are chocolate féves this year’s instant yeast? When the No-Knead Bread recipe came out there was a run on instant yeast and Dutch ovens as people raced to try this fabulous bread. Now these chocolate discs are in the baking spotlight, since the recipe promises they give much better results than plain old chocolate chips. So, where do you find these things?
May 3, 2019
What Are Some Good Ways to Use White Chocolate?Skills
Q: I recently received a giant block of white chocolate, 15 pounds to be exact. So far I have made batches of peanut butter rice krispies with white chocolate and white brownies and given them away. These taste good, but I’m sure my family and friends are getting tired of these by now and I’ve run out of ideas. I’m looking for some recipes that use up a good amount of white chocolate, but are fairly simple and easy to make.
May 2, 2019
What Is Baking Chocolate?Skills
While wandering the baking aisle of a grocery store, you’ve likely come across stacks of what is referred to as “baking chocolate.” How does that differ from the chocolate a few aisles over in the candy section? And what kind do you actually need for that cake? Baking chocolate, in its most traditional form, is unsweetened chocolate.
May 1, 2019
Brownies Go Boo! With Powdered Sugar StencilsSkills
There are few treats cozier than a tray of warm brownies as the weather cools off, making them the perfect snack for greeting guests who come over to carve pumpkins or for bringing to the school’s fall festival. Making brownies even better — whether with an ingredient upgrade or a quick topping — is the kind of fast and fancy festive flair we all need during the fall holiday season. Here’s a great way to make your brownies go boo!
May 1, 2019
The Secret Step for Tastier Cacao NibsSkills
If you’re a fan of chocolate in every way, shape, and form, then perhaps you’ve given cacao nibs a try. Were you as surprised by them as I was? No, cacao nibs do not taste like my favorite bar of dark chocolate — they are far more bitter! Essentially unprocessed chocolate, cacao or cocoa nibs are the part of the cocoa bean that are ground up and then sweetened and made into chocolate bars.
May 1, 2019
Our Readers’ 20 Best Tips for Making Better BrowniesSkills
You know how they say don’t mess with a good thing? I think brownies are an exception. There are so many delightful variations — chewy, fudgy, and cakey, of course, but also super-thin and speculoos-swirled — that limiting myself to just one would be a mistake. Based on your comments over the years, I’d say you agree.
May 1, 2019
What to Know About Pairing Chocolate & FruitSkills
When you think of chocolate and fruit, chocolate-covered strawberries are probably the very first thing that come to mind. It’s hard not to love the treat, whether you splurge at the Godiva store at the mall or you make them yourself for someone you love. That’s really just the beginning when it comes to enjoying chocolate and fruit together, though.
Feb 13, 2019
The Best Type of Chocolate to Use for Making BuckeyesSkills
Named for their resemblance to the nuts from the Ohio buckeye tree, buckeyes are the impossibly delicious confection made with a ball of smooth peanut butter coated nearly all the way — save for a small area around the top — with a layer of chocolate. When choosing chocolate for this sweet holiday treat, the options are plenty, including chips, wafers, and chocolate bars. But it’s important to remember that not all varieties of chocolate are created equal.
Dec 22, 2018
Mistakes to Avoid When Making BuckeyesSkills
If you’ve never had a buckeye, then first and foremost you should know that these sweet confections — that most often appear around holiday time — are pure bliss. They’re made with a ball of smooth peanut butter coated nearly all the way, save for a small area around the top, with a firm, crisp layer of chocolate.
Dec 21, 2018
Does Refrigerating Brownie Batter Overnight Make for Better Brownies?Skills
Recently, as I was reading through the comments on all our brownie recipes, one suggestion in particular stood out: Refrigerate the batter overnight for a richer, chewier brownie.
Oct 26, 2018
What’s the Difference Between Cocoa Brownies and Chocolate Brownies?Skills
Brownie connoisseurs already know this to be true: not all brownies are created equal, but there’s room in our lives for lots of them. Cocoa brownies and chocolate brownies both have a place in our kitchen, although they bake up with slight idiosyncrasies. Here is everything you need to know about the differences between the two. Both cocoa- and chocolate-based brownies include sugar, eggs, and flour.
Oct 19, 2018
Can You Really Eat Chocolate and Follow a Paleo Diet?Skills
Borrowing habits from our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the Paleo diet focuses on a simpler way of eating. It favors whole, nutrient-rich foods, and nixes “new world” foods like processed foods, dairy, grains, and sugar. The restrictions are many, so naturally it would seem like chocolate is certainly not on this diet’s list of approved foods. And yet the internet, cookbooks, and shelves of Whole Foods are filled with chocolate desserts that claim to be Paleo-friendly.
Feb 26, 2018
Caramelized White Chocolate Is the New Dark ChocolateSkills
White chocolate has gotten a bad rap for far too long. True, it’s extremely sweet and tends to lack the complexity of dark and milk chocolate, but white-chocolate loyalists have been arguing for years that white chocolate has the capacity to be complex and toasty — all you have to do is caramelize it. White chocolate’s biggest strength is its creamy, milky smoothness.
Feb 16, 2018
5 Reasons to Scream Your Love of Milk Chocolate from the RooftopsSkills
Milk chocolate is not the enemy. It’s gotten a bad rap because, well, most of the milk chocolate out there has been pretty crummy quality. If you start with bad-tasting cocoa beans and cheap sweeteners, then throw in some preservatives and other yucky-tasting ingredients, the result isn’t going to be great. The same could be said for dark chocolate. (And I absolutely recommend saying this to the next person who tells you they only eat 85 percent dark chocolate.
Feb 14, 2018
Scientists Say Chocolate Could Be Extinct in 40 YearsSkills
How do you plan on enjoying your old age? I’ve always hoped for a future that involves wine, coffee, and lots and lots of chocolate. Unfortunately, that might not be possible for many of us, because climate change is affecting the earth’s food producers, and a lot of those favorite foods could be gone in our lifetimes. In the case of chocolate in particular, scientists say chocolate as we know it is on track to be extinct as early as 2050.
Jan 4, 2018
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Chocolate TrufflesSkills
Chocolate truffles are arguably one of the easiest candies to make at home. But with just two ingredients, any error can have a rippling effect. Whether you’re making your first batch of truffles or your 100th, these five pitfalls can be avoided with just a little foresight. Here are five potential truffle mistakes to avoid, and what to do instead.
Dec 13, 2017
Why Does Chocolate Turn White? It’s Because of Chocolate Bloom.Skills
Before you toss out that weird-looking chocolate, stop and read this!
Feb 18, 2017
5 Tips About Baking with Chocolate from Alice MedrichSkills
I happily fall into the subset of individuals who believe that it’s not dessert unless there’s chocolate involved. So I most definitely bow down to chocolate queen, Alice Medrich. The author of countless cookbooks, she has been dubbed the “First Lady of Chocolate,” and, when it comes to baking with the sweet ingredient, there’s no better person to learn from. Alice has more tips and tricks than we can count, but these are five of our very favorites.
Feb 18, 2017
5 Tips for Even Better BrowniesSkills
There is no denying the pleasure of brownies. Whether you like them fudgy, chewy, or cakey, or whether your prefer an edge piece or a square cut from the center of the pan, this chocolatey treat induces leg-twisting, toe-curling, silly grin delight. But what if we told you that you could make your favorite brownies better and easier? Here are the very best tips and tricks from the Kitchn editors. Eating brownies is fun; cleaning up after them isn’t. The solution?
Feb 17, 2017
Why (and When) It’s Important to Bloom Cocoa PowderSkills
Cocoa powder is a pantry superstar. Mild and unassuming next to those rich chocolate bars, it nevertheless offers surprising power — if you know how to use it right. If you’ve spent any time baking with cocoa powder, you may have noticed recipes that call for the cocoa powder to be “bloomed” sometimes with hot water (or, in the case of our pantry cocoa brownies, in oil).
Feb 15, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats We’re Totally Obsessed with Right NowSkills
Whether you’re buying these for your valentine or keeping them for yourself, here are five chocolatey treats we’re currently crushing on. (They’re a million times more special than those cheesy heart-shaped boxes you’d usually pick up last-minute at the drug store.) Rye Chocolate, $8 at Mast Brothers: If your relationship status is “it’s complicated,” your significant other might get a kick out of this complex chocolate bar.
Feb 14, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: VirgoSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.” You pride yourself on being at the top of your health and wellness game, so for you, Virgo, chocolate is about wholesome decadence, with a touch of sensuality.
Feb 11, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: LibraSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.” Decision-making takes time for you, Libra, so it’s no surprise you have a special place in your heart for chocolate treats that offer a little bit of everything.
Feb 9, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: CancerSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.” You’ve got a sensitive palate, Cancer, which means you crave intense flavors that give you pleasure.
Feb 8, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: TaurusSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.” You, Taurus, are an epicure. You appreciate the finer things in life, especially when it comes to food and drink.
Feb 7, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: GeminiSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.” Geminis don’t sit still.
Feb 6, 2017
The Best Cocoa to Use for Red Velvet CakeSkills
Red velvet cake isn’t always distinguished as a chocolate cake, but cocoa powder is reportedly the cause of its namesake hue. Food historians suggest that the natural cocoa of the Victorian era, partnered with buttermilk, resulted in the cake’s burnished red hue and led to it being dubbed “red velvet cake.
Feb 4, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: AriesSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.” You, daring Aries, thrive on physical adventure, but when it comes to chocolate the tried-and-true, reliable classics that conjure nostalgic memories are what win your heart.
Feb 4, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: PiscesSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.” You, Pisces, embody traits from all signs of the zodiac, and as such, chocolate is all about endless depth and layers of sweetness.
Feb 3, 2017
5 Ways to Make White Chocolate More InterestingSkills
To really appreciate white chocolate, I’ve come to learn that how you eat it, and even cook with it, can make a big difference. While milk and dark chocolate are perfectly delicious on their own, white chocolate needs a little assistance to shine. Give this sweet, milky confection a helping hand and you might just be surprised by all the things it can do. Here are five smart ways to make white chocolate more interesting, and even more delicious.
Feb 3, 2017
You’re Storing Your Chocolate Wrong: From Cocoa Powder to Bar — Here’s What You Need to KnowSkills
I firmly believe that having chocolate on hand — whether in the form of powder, baking bars, snacking bars, or chips — is always a good idea. You never know when the craving for brownies will strike, when an unexpected celebration calls for cake, or when you just need to break off a square of good dark chocolate and have a moment. As important as it is to have the sweet stuff on hand, it’s equally important to store it properly to maintain freshness.
Feb 2, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: AquariusSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.” Everyone wants a friend like you, dear Aquarius. You value your chocolate as much as your nearest and dearest, and you firmly believe in sharing the wealth.
Feb 2, 2017
Clever Ways to Bake with 5 Common Chocolate IngredientsSkills
Taking a clever approach to baking with chocolate is all about understanding the ingredients that make it happen and then stepping outside the traditional recipes you’re already familiar with — like using chocolate chips beyond chocolate chip cookies, or cocoa beyond your average pan of brownies. Here are the smart and clever ways to bake with the five most common chocolate ingredients stashed in your kitchen.
Feb 2, 2017
Why You Really Should Sift Your Cocoa PowderSkills
You’re geared up to make a gooey chocolate bread pudding or flourless chocolate cake and the recipe calls for you to sift your cocoa powder as you add it to the other ingredients. Raise your hand if you usually skip this step. (My hand is up!) Sometimes you really don’t want to dirty another tool in your kitchen and really don’t want to waste an extra minute getting to the finished product, but this is one step you’re better off not skipping if you want the best results.
Feb 1, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: CapricornSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.” You’re as classic as they come, Capricorn. You value the essential, simple things in life and live happily with understated elegance.
Feb 1, 2017
5 Times It’s Worth Baking with a Fancy $10 Chocolate BarSkills
You know that fancy chocolate bar stashed in the back of your pantry that’s reserved for satisfying your sweet tooth with a late-night square? You don’t have to hide it away and only enjoy it a few pieces at a time. There are a few baking recipes where a beautiful bar of chocolate can elevate an everyday treat to a fancy dinner party dessert, and other baking recipes where the subtle flavors of that fancy bar won’t be masked by butter and sugar.
Feb 1, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: SagittariusSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.
Jan 31, 2017
What Exactly Is Carob Anyway?Skills
On the hunt for chocolate chips at the grocery store, you may have come across carob chips. Although they do look strikingly similar to the classic cookie favorite, carob chips are not chocolate. While chocolate stems from cocoa pods, carob stems from carob pods. On shelves, it can typically be found in two forms: chips and powder. So what exactly is carob? Here are the facts. Carob comes from a pod of a tree of the same name, which is native to the Mediterranean.
Jan 31, 2017
5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: ScorpioSkills
This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.” For you, Scorpio, chocolate is all about intensity, mystery, and sensuality. That’s why something like a molten lava chocolate cake appeals.
Jan 30, 2017
Instantly Upgrade Basic Muffin Mix with Cocoa Powder and Chopped ChocolateSkills
Looking for a way to bring some chocolate into your morning routine? These muffins, made with a double dose in the form of cocoa and chocolate, are the way to do it! We’re starting with our basic muffin recipe and turning it into a truly delightful treat with a double chocolate upgrade.
Oct 26, 2016
Brownies Go Boo! With an Orange Cream Cheese SwirlSkills
Maybe you’re looking for a little bit fancier way to jazz up a batch of brownies than a sprinkling of powdered sugar or the addition of everyone’s favorite Halloween candy. Look no further than these cheesecakec-marbled brownies. Sure, they look gorgeous, but they taste even better! Simply by adding a swirl of orange-scented cream cheese to your favorite brownie batter, you’re creating a Halloween-themed pan of brownies that will knock the socks off your book club friends.
Oct 19, 2016
Make Marshmallows into Spooky Eyeball Hot ChocolateSkills
Stare your hot chocolate right in the eyes — spooky, no? Well, not really. It actually is pretty cute. This easy finish to a steaming mug of the good stuff involves ingredients you already have in your pantry, but dresses it up for the holiday and makes it a lot more fun to sip. Start by simmering a pot of your favorite hot chocolate and gathering the mugs. Meanwhile grab large marshmallows.
Oct 5, 2016
Chocolate-Dipped Watermelon WedgesSkills
This sweet combo certainly doesn’t come without strong opinions. And we’re of the belief that a little bit of dark, melted chocolate is the one-ingredient upgrade your watermelon needs this summer. If you need to be convinced that watermelon is in fact dessert, chocolate is definitely the way to do it. While fresh fruit dipped in chocolate isn’t anything new, this isn’t exactly a common pairing.
Aug 16, 2016
This Is Why Your Recipe Uses Cocoa Powder Instead of ChocolateSkills
From deep, rich cakes and cookies, to brownies and other treats, the ingredient that brings some of your favorite chocolate desserts to life might not be what you expect. Instead of chocolate, these sweets often start with a hearty dose of cocoa powder. But do you know why? While cocoa powder and chocolate originate from the same source, the cacao bean, processing results in the bean taking on two different forms.
Mar 9, 2016
5 Sweet Bites to Make in Your Slow CookerSkills
The slow cooker has been our answer for soups, stews, hands-off dinners, and even the occasional breakfast. But it doesn’t stop there — this handy appliance is also your ticket to satisfying your sweet tooth. From candies to confections, your slow cooker is also capable of making sweet treats.
Feb 29, 2016
5 Fun Mix-Ins for Your Hot CocoaSkills
This winter chill doesn’t appear to be going anywhere any time soon, and for once it’s totally okay with me. It’s not that I’ve turned a new leaf and started embracing the cold, but I am a fan of hot cocoa. I’ve been more than happy to embrace this warming drink, and to give it a few new upgrades with the help of some mix-ins. When it comes to hot cocoa I’ve always been a traditionalist.
Feb 18, 2016
5 Useful Things to Know About Baking with ChocolateSkills
When it comes time for dessert, I’m about as predictable as they come. I go straight for the item with the most chocolate each and every time. Cake, brownies, cookies, chocolate-dipped candies — yes to them all. And when baking these treats at home, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind about working with chocolate that will give you a better and more flavorful dessert.
Feb 13, 2016
What’s the Difference Between Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate?Skills
Whether it’s topped with a few plump marshmallows or a heaping scoop of freshly whipped cream, a mug of piping hot chocolate is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. But wait — is what you have in your hands hot chocolate or actually hot cocoa? The terms are used interchangeably so often that it probably seems like they are identical beverages. While both mean an instant remedy for cold winter days, are they one in the same?
Feb 11, 2016