what is the easiest way to melt dark chocolate?!

Question: What is the easiest way to melt dark chocolate?
I'm trying to melt it and put on bananas. The normal chocolate dip at stores is way too sweet, and I'm trying to do this with rich dark chocolate around 80%. Any ways I can do this without making a huge mess?


The microwave is a great tool for melting chocolate. If used properly, it can melt chocolate more quickly than a double boiler with minimal effort and mess. The most critical part of melting chocolate in the microwave is choosing an appropriate container. Ideally, you want to melt your chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl that remains cool or only slightly warm after several minutes of near-continuous microwaving. If the bowl is too hot for you to handle after it has been microwaved, it is too hot for your chocolate. If you have overheated your chocolate, immediately pour it into a cool bowl add chunks of unmelted chocolate, and stir continuously.

It is preferable to melt your chocolate on a low (50%) power setting, to avoid scorching or burning it. If your microwave does not have this option, heat the chocolate in shorter intervals and stir between each bout of heat. Additionally, if your microwave does not have a turntable that rotates the bowl of chocolate, manually turn the bowl each time you stop and stir the chocolate.

It is very difficult to determine exact microwaving times, as it can vary depending on microwave wattage, quantity of chocolate, and even the cocoa butter content of the chocolate. However, as a rough guide, estimate about 1 minute for 1 ounce of chocolate, 3 minutes for 8 ounces of chocolate, 3.5 minutes for 1 pound of chocolate, and 4 minutes for 2 pounds. Run the microwave in 30 second-1 minute increments, stirring in between and rotating the bowl if necessary. Finish heating when most, but not all, of the chocolate is melted. Stir the chocolate continuously until it is smooth, shiny, and completely melted.

Sounds delicious! The best way to melt chocolate, while maintaining its chemical integrity, is to use a double boiler. If you don't own a double boiler, here's how to make one:

Put an inch or two of water in a sauce pan, then place a mixing bowl that is slightly larger than the saucepan on top. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water. Chop the chocolate into smaller pieces and put it in the mixing bowl, then bring the water to a very gentle boil. Stir gently as heat of the water indirectly melts the chocolate.

This might be more work than simply microwaving the chocolate, but this process will help keep the cocoa butter and sugar from separating, sticking or burning. It will also give you a smoother, shiner coating on the bananas.

Best of luck, and enjoy!

Melt it in the microwave in 30 second increments. If it is too thick and not smooth add a bit of shortning--start with a tsp. or 2 and add more if you need it and beat a bit. The shortning thins the chocolate and makes it smooth. The heat from the chocolate is usually enough to melt it. It must be shortning; butter and margarine have water in them and don't work. This is the way I make chocolate for dipping cookies and fruit only I do it with chocolate chips

The microwave will be best.
Have yoiur chocolate shaved or shredded up pretty fine it will melt nicer.
If you have a deep small microwave safe container so it will get that banana down in there...lol it would be a good thing to use.
Melt 1/2 the choc for 30 sec. Then stir til smooth heat a few more secionds if necessary- stir again and add remaining chocolate and stir- This will tempur the chocolate so it wont get too hot and ruin it. You do not want to ever get chocolate to hot. Lower the minutes if your only doing a little bit.
Good luck sounds yummt!

put the chocolate in a small bowl and melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds, then take a spoon ,take the chocolate and poor it on the bananna

you can microwave it for 30 secs to a few mins(like 2)
you can heat it up on the stove in a saucepan(i prefer that) that makes it alot easier
just make sure it dosnt burn

Microwave it for about 10 seconds and take it out to mix. When all of it is melted, you can dip your banana into it.

microwave 1min stir add min as needed stir after each min until melted

uh well I usually melt my dark chocolate in a nonstick teflon skillet at medium heat for my almond clusters.


Heat it.

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