Cooking Basics: Chocolate Dipping

Cooking Basics: Chocolate Dipping

Learn the method for coating items in chocolate and four unique items to dip.



Chocolate covered strawberries and other fruits make a delightful treat to cap off a special occasion. It’s a cinch to make, so you can create chocolate-dipped decadence any day of the year.

How To Melt Chocolate
The double boiler method is an easy way to melt chocolate. Don’t let the name intimidate you. It’s simple to do with these five steps:

  1. Fill a saucepan halfway with water and place it over high heat
  2. Set a heat-safe bowl on the saucepan, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water
  3. Pour chocolate chips (white, dark or milk) into the glass bowl as it’s heating, and let the water come to a boil*
  4. Stir chocolate with a rubber spatula until it’s smooth and creamy. Watch carefully and stir consistently so it doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the bowl
  5. Carefully remove the bowl from the heat with an oven mitt when the chocolate is at the desired consistency, and start dipping immediately. To reheat melted chocolate, use the double boiler method again
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*Tip: Chips melt more evenly and faster than bars of chocolate.

Tip: Stir in a little heavy cream to make the chocolate even more decadent.

Dipping Ideas

  • Think beyond chocolate-covered strawberries, since almost all fruits pair well with chocolate! Dip grapes, apples, bananas, pears and orange slices for a well-rounded fruit and chocolate medley.

  • Cut pieces of pound cake into cubes and dip them into melted chocolate.
  • For an unconventional combination with an amazing taste, try dipping sweet potato fries in chocolate. The salty sweet combo will pique everyone’s taste buds.

  • For another salty-sweet combination, dip pretzels or nuts.

Tip: Make hot chocolate even richer with our chocolate-dipped spoons. They make darling party favors!

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Courco

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I agree with djmill56. If the water in the double boiler continues to boil after the chocolate is added to the bowl, undesirable consequences will probably ensue. Better to use an enclosed true double boiler or a microwave oven, as you are actually just melting chocolate, not tempering it.

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Absolutly the wrong way to temper chocolate. Never ever melt chocolate nea r water or steam.

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