How To Melt Chocolate In The Microwave?

A splatter of freshly melted chocolate transforms a plain cake, cut-out cookie, or fruit dish. When it comes to melting chocolate, it’s best to go slow and steady to avoid a clumpy, scorched mess.

Place equal-sized pieces in a transparent glass bowl to observe the melting process. Then, microwave on high for one minute. Stir the chocolate until it becomes glossy. Microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each, until completely smooth.

It is that simple!

This approach is far simpler than using a double boiler on the stove, which you’ll appreciate.

Keep reading for a detailed step-by-step guide to melting chocolate perfectly in the microwave

What do you need to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave?

Use a bowl that is microwave-safe. I usually stick to glass dishes since I’ve discovered that they function the best in the Microwave.

You will also need a heat-proof spoon/spatula for stirring.

You may melt chocolate chips with this technique, as well as other baking chips like butterscotch or white Chocolate. You may also melt candy melts and almond bark with this technique.

Since each of these goods contains shortening, melting them in the Microwave is simple. Bars of Chocolate are unique. They need a whole other procedure called tempering since they lack shortening, which I do not perform..

How do you melt Chocolate in the Microwave?

How long to melt chocolate in microwave

Microwave chocolate in 30-second increments. Take out and stir. Remember that chocolate chunks will hold their form until you mix them, so don’t go on appearances alone.

After each heating cycle, stir, and then reheat for an additional 30 seconds. Continue with 30-second intervals until the chocolate is almost melted. Remove from microwave and continue to stir until the remaining chocolate melts.

Keep repeating this until the Chocolate is perfectly smooth and flowing like honey when you raise up the spoon. Scroll down for advice on how to quickly make yours smooth like honey if it isn’t already.

I heat for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, to melt and smooth out a complete bag of chocolate chips.

Fiestaware is unquestionably not microwaving safe when it comes to candy melts, I have discovered throughout the years. 

The candy melts won’t melt smoothly since the bowls become quite hot on the outside. They get clumpy, burn, and harden.

On the other hand, Corelle dishes are fantastic and my preferred microwave-safe kind for melting candy melts.

How do you thin Chocolate to make it smooth?

How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

Several items can be used to thin Chocolate for dipping.

Coconut oil or shortening are both OK. Both become solid at ambient temperature but soon melt in the Microwave. 

Because of this, they will melt yet cool solidly, which is ideal for your dipping chocolate. For every container of chocolate chips, use 1 teaspoon of shortening or coconut oil.

Can I add milk to melted Chocolate to thin it out?

No, Water in milk will seize the Chocolate and render it useless. 

Use coconut oil, shortening, or oil flakes.

Add heavy cream to melted Chocolate to create ganache, which is fantastic but soft and won’t coat objects or solidify. If you want melted Chocolate that won’t firm.

What to do if I overheat and seize the chocolate?

The Chocolate can burn if you overheat it in the Microwave without stirring. It will have a foul stench, be lumpy, and barely melt. 

It also smells awful. Sadly, there is little you can do to rescue burned Chocolate. Discard it and begin anew. This occurs when Chocolate and water combine if it doesn’t seize. 

Add a couple of pieces of solid chocolate and stir (this will not work if the chocolate has seized from moisture).

A teaspoon of shortening, coconut oil, or a sprinkle or two of oil flakes might be added to attempt to rescue it when this happens. Cocoa butter is the best fat, but you can use vegetable oil if you don’t have any.

After that, microwave it once more for about 10 seconds while stirring to see if you can smooth it out. 

How to melt chocolate for dipping

This occasionally works. You may need to throw it away and start over if it sometimes doesn’t work. By the way, you can use them as a face mask, but don’t eat them.

Avoid these mistakes while Melting Chocolate

Continue reading to learn about the seven most frequent ways to destroy chocolate when melting it. And you should do to avoid burnt, lumpy or seized chocolate.


Water (even moisture) can ruin your batch of melted chocolate. Make sure to clean up anything that the chocolate could touch. Even a tiny drop of water will make it stop working.

When a drop of water gets into melting chocolate, the pieces of chocolate gather around the water. This is a big deal. You can stop this from happening by keeping chocolate dry. If you use a double boiler to melt chocolate, don’t put too much water in the bottom and don’t let it boil.

If you’re going to dip fruit in chocolate, pat it dry before putting it in. Instead of a wooden spoon, use a spoon made of rubber or silicone to stir. Wooden tools can hold on to water, which makes the chocolate harden and get lumpy.


If the heat is too high, your chocolate will burn, which is hard to fix. The way to go is slow and low.

Even though this is not technically freezing, the chocolate that has been burned forms little clumps on its own. Burnt chocolate can’t be used for anything, except maybe as a face mask or something.

Melting chocolates in a big chunk

If you try to melt a big piece of chocolate, you will not only be standing there for eternity but also burn it before it’s all melted.

Please cut up the chocolate. Try to cut it into pieces that are about the same size. Think chocolate chips for milk or white chocolate, which tends to burn more easily. For dark chocolate, think chocolate chunks.

Direct hit

If you try to melt it right in a pot on the stove, it will melt too quickly and too hot. You know that the part of the chocolate that touches the bottom of the pan will get much hotter than 115 degrees.

Not stirring continuously

Melting chocolate needs attention; it needs love. It needs to be stirred frequently to distribute the heat evenly.

Do not put a lid to cover the bowl. It will not make the melting faster . On the contrary, it may create moisture. And moisture caught in the pan will condense on the lid and drip down into the Chocolate.

When chocolate melts, it needs love and attention. It must be stirred often so the heat can spread out evenly.

Do not cover the bowl with a lid. It won’t help the snow melt faster. On the other hand, it might make water. And any moisture in the pan will condense on the lid and drip into the chocolate.

To melt chocolate just right, you need to be patient. You can’t speed things up. You’re only inviting trouble. Take your time and use low heat.

I am Chef Harunur Rashid Azim. I inherited my family's love of cooking at a young age. I graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in London, UK, with determination and passion to become a chef. Follow me on Twitter: @RashidIsChef, FB: Azim

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