How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate In The Microwave

Welcome to my first ever Baking 1o1 post. Each week I’m going to be sharing a ‘how to’ post with little baking tips and tricks. And being the major chocoholic that I am, I thought it was only fitting that I kick off this new series with a fun little lesson on how to perfectly melt chocolate in the microwave.

How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate In The Microwave

Recipe: Oreo Truffles

It might seem like an easy thing to do, but trust me, things can go wrong! I’ve had my fair share of overcooked, seized up chocolate to know that melting chocolate is not as simple as it may appear. So how do you melt chocolate perfectly? Well my favourite method is to use the microwave. Yes, it’s true that you can also use a double-boiler on the stove, but this brings in the chance that you may get water into your chocolate… and that will be the end of it. So seriously, stick with the microwave – it’s quicker, easier and far simpler!

How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate In The Microwave

Recipe: Licorice Allsort Slice

How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate In The Microwave

Recipe: Malteser Slice

How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate In The Microwave…

1. Use a microwave safe bowl – preferably a narrow, deep bowl (the chocolate will melt better if it’s squished together).

2. Break your chocolate up into small pieces and place into the bowl.

3. Set your microwave to 50% power – this is super important! If you try to melt chocolate on full power, it will overcook. You definitely need to melt chocolate on 50% power.

4. Melt your chocolate for 30 seconds and then take it out of the microwave and stir with a dry metal spoon. It’s so important that the spoon is completely dry – if the tiniest bit of water gets into your chocolate it will seize up and you’ll have to start from scratch again… unfortunately, you can’t rescue seized up chocolate!

5. Continue to melt the chocolate in 30 second bursts, stirring each time.

6. When about 80% of the chocolate is melted, take it out of the microwave and continue to stir until it is completely melted (this will prevent any overcooking).

How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate In The Microwave

Recipe: Ferrero Rocher Slice

If you are melting chocolate to pour over the top of a slice, I would highly recommend adding in 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or copha) to the chocolate before you melt it. This will make it much easier to spread over the slice and will help you to cut perfect little pieces once it’s set.

How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate In The Microwave

Recipe: Caramello Slice

And that’s it! A simple, fool-proof guide to melting chocolate in the microwave. Oh and one more thing… once you’re finished melting the chocolate, you must, must, MUST lick the spoon!

How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate In The Microwave

Recipe: Mars Bar Slice


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31 thoughts on “How To Perfectly Melt Chocolate In The Microwave”

  1. I never knew about the 50% power or the trick about the coconut oil! That’s genius! I always melt my chocolate in the microwave because I’m way too lazy to slave over the stove! Can’t wait for the next instalment of Kitchen 101!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh it’s great! Yes I don’t like using a double boiler – it takes too long!

  2. Awesome post Luce!
    I forget the 50% rule sometimes like last night, my dark chocolate melted perfectly but not the White, I’m thinking maybe high temps and more cocoa work better together, any thoughts?
    Have a gorgeous day xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks lovely lady xx

    2. Bake Play Smile says:

      Ooh and yes I usually find that the darker the easier it melts (remembering that white chocolate isn’t technically chocolate as it has no cocoa) πŸ™‚

  3. Mumma McD says:

    Ooh those photos have me salivating… it’s only 8am!!!

    These are great tips, I don’t know how many times I’ve ruined the chocolate I’ve been trying to melt! I always go too hot and too fast I think.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh absolutely! Me too! We live and learn, right!?

  4. You make it sound so easy, will definitely have to try this now, thank you.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh it definitely is.. well with a few little tricks, that is!

  5. Awesome tips! I did mine in the cuisine companion the other day and that was so nice and easy. Didn’t know about the copra for spreading though. I added a tablespoon of rice bran oil and it was fine, but set very quickly.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Ooh cool! I havent used rice bran oil before with chocolate! Yes I’m always a bit funny with copha, but coconut oil is such a great alternative!

  6. Thanks for the coconut oil tip! I didn’t know that one. I still vividly remember my disaster melting chocolate during one dinner party and having the chocolate seize on me. That was the end of our fondue dessert and the shops were closed. Not a good end to that dinner party!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh no!!! That would be terrible! I remember once making a dessert and when I got it out of the oven it looked terrible… turns out I’d forgotten one of the main ingredients! There was no saving it!

  7. I’ve lost countless bags of chocolate due to it seizing up. Why I never thought of simply going at 50% power is beyond me. Duh. This is why you need to blog Lucy. To teach idiots like me!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha you are so far from an idiot Nagi! I’m glad I could help with that little tip!

  8. Neat idea Lucy! And all your gorgeous slice pics show you know what you are talking about!!!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thank you Jess!!

  9. Oh this is where I have gone wrong – not doing the 50% thing! I think Mr HALOM would be my love slave forever if I made him that licorice slice πŸ˜‰ xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh yeah… go the 50% rule!! πŸ™‚

  10. Great tip about using coconut oil in the chocolate πŸ™‚ The licorice slice looks brilliant by the way.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thank you! The licorice slice is my mums favourite!

  11. Well hello baking 101! You created this series just for me, didn’t you? πŸ˜‰ It is seriously what I need. So many times I’ve stuffed up the melting of chocolate. I think it was your weetbix slice and another one that I was making and I went through a truckload of chocolate because it kept going all crazy like on me. Now I know what to do. Thank you!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hehe I’m so glad you enjoyed Baking 101 Renee!!

  12. I’ve always been too scared to do it in the microwave for fear of it seizing, so I’ve always done it in a bowl over some hot water on the stove. Never had a problem with it, although it does seem to take an age when you have a large amount to melt! Definitely going to give the microwave a go next time though, now that i know to reduce the power!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      I used to use a double boiler too, but it’s such a pain and you always worry you’re going to get water in or let the bottom of the bowl touch the water. The microwave is so simple!

  13. Such a great post and a great collection of recipes to practice with!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks hun xx

  14. Zoe says:

    Far Out! (I was born in the 70s and still use this). Although I do use some words of profanity for good measure!

    How do you set the microwave to 50%?

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hahahaha I love that Zoe!! It’s different on all microwaves but I know on mine I type in the length of time (i.e.. 2 mins) and then press Power and then 5 (which on mine is half).

  15. Gwen Malone says:

    I always melt about 50grams of copha in the microwave and then just stir in the chocolate (cut fine). The heat of the copha is enough to melt the chocolate.
    When cutting slices, I use a metal ruler to make impressions in the chocolate or icing to help me cut straight lines.

    1. AdThrive24 says:

      Great tips!!

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