Melt Chocolate

From bitter dark chocolate to sweet white, chocolate is a decadent sweet many people love to eat and melt for their enjoyment. Melting chocolate is a technique every cook should learn because the main set up of a pot with simmering water and a heat resistant bowl on top, also known as a double boiler, can be used to make a variety of savory and sweet recipes. Once you use a double boiler, you’ll melt chocolate with ease. So here’s how to melt chocolate!

What You’ll Need:
1 medium sauce pot
1 medium heatproof bowl
1 kitchen towel
1 rubber spatula
Chocolate bar, roughly chopped

1) Set up the Double Boiler
Fill a medium sauce pot with 1 to 2 inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Once the water is simmering, put a heatproof bowl on top of the sauce pot. Be sure that the bowl is not actually touching the water. The goal is to warm the bowl with steam rather than the simmering water. Once the bowl is on top of the sauce pot, use the kitchen towel to hold onto the bowl because it will get increasingly hot.

2) Melt the Chocolate
Add the chocolate pieces to the bowl and begin to stir with a rubber spatula. Make sure to give the chocolate a good stir every 30 seconds or so, so the chocolate can melt quickly and evenly. Once the chocolate has completely melted, turn off the heat, remove the bowl from the sauce pot, and set aside to cool slightly.