Melting chocolate chips in microwave is so easy! This is how to make white chocolate chips, milk, peanut butter chips or others until creamy and smooth. Just one of many microwave recipes on our site.
We have been melting chocolate chips in microwave for years. I never shared this cooking hack before because I guess I thought everyone already knew it. Was talking to a friend and that wasn’t necessarily true so here is melting chocolate for you in a post. (affiliate links present)
How to Melt White Chocolate Chips in Microwave
It doesn’t matter what color or flavor you are working with. The only difference amongst them is if you were to melt mini chocolate chips which takes 2 rotations vs. the 3 mentioned below. Not a huge difference but because they are smaller they don’t take as long. Obviously.
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- Here are my favorite microwave safe dishes with lids to use, plastic is no good.
- Cook times may vary slightly if you have a very small unit with less than 1000 watts.
- Remember to use pot holders to remove food from inside as it may be very hot when done cooking.
If you have ever tried doing this with just the chocolate itself it may not have been a huge success. Back in the day I did that too and many times it won’t get silky and smooth like you’d expect, instead it might clump together. Heating it too long will cause that too, so timing is very important.
We use this tip all the time, year round. Whether we are drizzling some over some fresh fruit or making our turkey leg treats for the holidays, it comes in handy.
You can use it to make a quicker version of our peanut butter chocolate fudge recipe too. Instead of using a double boiler (hello taking forever) you can do this instead.
Chocolate Melt Microwave
Oh another minor difference in the cook time will be if you have a smaller low wattage machine. Most are 800-1k but if you live in an apartment or RV your may have half of that. You may need an extra 30 second rotation and stirring session than it states below. You’ll get the drift of how it’s done though.
Um, yes. Just as safe as if you were heating a cup of water up for tea or something. So long as you use a microwave safe bowl and stir every 30 seconds it works perfectly.
You’ll want a small dollop of coconut oil in the mix so they get smooth. If you leave this out you may get a clumpy chunk that you’ll need to throw away. We’ll show you how it’s done right here.
If you want a really easy cleanup use a paper bowl and plastic spoon. Seriously this is what I do when making our peanut butter scotcheroos and it’s a game changer. Once it cools it will harden and stick to the sides pretty well.
If I don’t have throw aways handy I will just use a small glass bowl, seems to clean better than our dinnertime dishes. When you’re done coating or spreading this on top of whatever you’re making I suggest that you immediately fill the dish with hot water, drain and then throw into the dishwasher.
- Cup of chocolate chips
- Tsp of coconut oil
- Bowl and spoon
This is what you’re going to need to get started. If you need to half recipe or double it just adjust the amounts accordingly. I have three photos for you below. Each one was taken after 30 seconds of heat and stirring so you can see what to expect.
As you can see the first is just getting started right here. Then it is a bit smooth but with large chunks. The last one with the piece of banana in it was after a total of 1.5 minutes and stirred fast with a spoon or fork to ensure all the chips were smoothed.
How to Melt Chocolate Chips
If you didn’t have a bag of that was already broken up into small bits you could melt chocolate bars that had been crushed. Problem with that for this method is the pieces will be different sizes and may not cream at the same rate. I would use a double boiler for that. I’ll help you learn how to melt that way below too.
- Pour in your choice of milk or dark chocolate chips. I like using a glass bowl but it just needs to be microwave safe. Add your bit of coconut oil to the top of it.
- Heat the chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds at 100% power (regular, high heat), stir, remove the bowl and heat for another 30 seconds, stir, then another 30 seconds is usually plenty to stir vigorously at the end so it is nice and smooth.
* Timing may slightly vary if your machine is a low wattage but never microwave for longer than 30 seconds at a time. If you are melting two different types like you’d need to do for our microwave peppermint fudge you’d want to do them in different dishes one at a time.
Melting Chocolate Chips on the Stove
Like I said, if you had broken up bits of chopped chocolate or bars that you crushed yourself it might be better to use this steaming method. Reason being is if all the bits are not uniform pieces there may be some that melt quickly and others that take longer and you might get harder edges on the bowl.
- Fill a small pot on your stovetop with 2 inches of water
- Bring this water to a bowl
- Place a glass bowl like you see here over the top of the pot so it sits flat over the simmering water
- Pour pieces inside with oil (same measurements below) and have a spoon handy
- Slowly stir consistently and allow the hot steam to melt it, will take 2-3 minutes
- As soon as it is smooth remove from heat and set on a towel
In order to dip fruit or candies inside you’ll want tempered chocolate so it will stick well. To do this, allow it to cool down to 95-100 degrees F before coating. Super simple either way right?? Ready to jump to recipe and make all the things like chocolate covered apples, peanut clusters and more??
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Melting Chocolate Chips in Microwave
- 1 microwave
- 1 Bowl
- 1 Spoon
- Pour in chips, I like using a glass bowl but it just needs to be microwave safe. Add your coconut oil to the top.
- Microwave bowl on high or regular 100% power for 30 seconds, stir, heat for 30 seconds, stir, then another 30 seconds is usually plenty to stir vigorously at the end so it is nice and smooth.
- * Timing may slightly vary if your machine is a low wattage but never microwave for longer than 30 seconds at a time.