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How to Melt Chocolate Chips in the Microwave

How to Melt Chocolate in a Microwave

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1.5 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: Varies


Here’s how to melt chocolate in a microwave: the ideal method for easy treats and chocolate dipped goodies!


  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate bar chopped into uniform pieces (Guittard or Ghirardelli brand preferred)


  1. Place the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate into a dry glass measuring cup or glass bowl. Make sure it’s completely dry or the chocolate will seize.
  2. Microwave on High power for 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave another 30 seconds, stir, and 30 seconds more and stir. At this point it should be mostly melted with a few chunks: keep stirring until all the chocolate chunks disappear and the chocolate is perfectly smooth. (Keep stirring if it doesn’t fully melt. You can try another 10 second burst and stir again, but you’ll want to avoid getting the chocolate too hot.)
  3. Use in your recipe, or for making chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered bananas, raspberries, pretzels, almonds, and so forth. Keep in mind this does not temper the chocolate, which gives it a snappy texture and shiny coating: this technique is required for candies like chocolate bark, peanut butter cups, and more.
  • Category: Chocolate
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Chocolate
  • Diet: Vegan