How To Melt White Chocolate Chips On Stove Tops and Temper It Correctly

Quick Recipe: How To Melt White Chocolate Chips On Stove Tops and Temper It Correctly

Today, we will look at exactly how to melt white chocolate chips on stovetops and without double boilers for all your chocolate needs!

We have included some of our top tips for melting chocolate that you won’t find anywhere else! We have even included multiple methods and steps on how to melt white chocolate without a double boiler. And finally, we have an in-depth tutorial on tempering white chocolate for all of your confectionery projects.

What Is Tempered Chocolate?
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How To Melt White Chocolate Chips On Stove Tops and Temper It Correctly

Tempering is a process where chocolate is heated and cooled to very specific temperatures in order to create a more stable working chocolate. This method helps sugar and fat crystals stabilize and creates a product with a shiny finish and a hard snap when cracked.

Most chocolates are already sold tempered, but chocolate loses its temper once it has been melted. If you want to melt chocolate to create some chocolate garnishes, chocolate bark, or artisan chocolate bars, you will have to re-temper your white chocolate.

However, if you only want to melt white chocolate chips to be used in a recipe, for a glaze, or even just a dipping sauce, then you don’t have to temper the chocolate. You can simply melt your white chocolate chips and use the melted chocolate as-is.

The science behind tempering chocolate

So, when tempering chocolate, there are a few different tempering methods you can use. The first is the seeding method, the second is the block method, and the final, the tabling method. Today, we will show you how to melt white chocolate chips on the stove using the seeding method (when you need to temper white chocolate). However, you can have a look here at how to temper chocolate using the other methods.

First, two-thirds (2/3) of the chocolate chips are melted and heated. This allows all of the crystals in the chocolate to be completely melted. Then, the remaining third of tempered white chocolate chips are added to “seed” the un-tempered melted chocolate. This promotes the formation of beta crystals (the desirable fat crystals).

Then, the chocolate is cooled to help stabilize the crystals. Finally, the melted chocolate is brought to a working chocolate temperature, which varies depending on the type of chocolate you are working with.

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What You Will Need To Melt White Chocolate Chips – Tempering The Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (2 cups) white chocolate chips

Equipment

  • Small pot
  • Large glass mixing bowl
  • Silicone spatula

How To Melt White Chocolate Chips On Stove – Step By Step

Step 1: melt two-thirds of the white chocolate chips

Fill a small pot with a bit of water. Place the large glass bowl over the pot and ensure that it fits tightly (no steam should escape through the sides).  Bring the water to a low simmer.

Add the white chocolate chips to the glass bowl. Allow the chocolate chips to melt while gently stirring using a clean spatula. If your chocolate chips haven’t completely melted within the first minute, remove the glass bowl from the heat and keep stirring the chocolate. This will help prevent over-heating and seizing the chocolate.

Step 2: heat the melted chocolate

Once the chocolate chips are completely melted, gently heat them (while still slowly stirring) to 105 – 110°F (41-43°C).

Step 3: Aad the remaining third of chocolate chips

Then, add the remaining third of white chocolate chips to the melted chocolate. This will help create stable beta crystals.

When you have added the chocolate chips, keep stirring and allow the chocolate to cool as the chips melt. This will bring the temperature of the batch down to about 80°F (27°C).

Step 4: heat the chocolate to its working temperature

Once the chocolate has been cooled to 80°F (27°C), you can slowly heat it to 84-87°F (29-31°C). Your chocolate is now tempered and can be used to create beautiful confections.

How To Melt White Chocolate Without A Double Boiler

A few frequently asked question we get is, “Can you melt white chocolate chips without a double boiler?” You mainly use the double boiler method if you want to control the temperature of the chocolate (for making mirror glazes or tempered chocolate). If you don’t need to control temperatures, then there are many other methods you can use to melt chocolate.

Microwave method

This is arguably the best way to melt white chocolate chips for general use. To temper chocolate using a microwave is almost impossible, so only use this method when melting chocolate for glazes, to incorporate into recipes, or to make dipping sauces.

Place the white chocolate chips into a microwave-safe glass bowl. Heat the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring well between each. This will ensure that your chocolate doesn’t overheat and seize.

Stovetop method

You can also melt white chocolate chips directly inside a pot or pan. Something you will have to take into consideration again, especially because such extreme direct heat is applied, is controlling the temperature.

Only work on very low temperatures and constantly stir the chocolate, It is also a good idea to “scrape” the bottom of the pot or pan with a  silicone spatula to ensure none of the chocolate burns.

Tips And Tricks For Melting White Chocolate

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  • The key when melting white chocolate (no matter which method you use or whether or not you are tempering the chocolate) is to control the temperatures. Do not overheat the chocolate or it will seize.
  • When tempering chocolate (or melting it) over a double boiler, it is essential that you don’t allow any steam to enter the melted chocolate. This will also cause it to seize. Cover your pot with a lid every time you remove the glass bowl from it.
  • Also, make sure your equipment is free of any odors or fattiness. If you are using fatty bowls, it can affect the crystal formation within the chocolate and alter the final taste and texture.

The Best Way To Melt White Chocolate Chips

In our opinion, using a microwave for melting white chocolate for dipping is the quickest and most efficient method to use. However, if you want to make chocolate garnishes, make chocolate coatings, or any type of chocolate work really, you have to temper the chocolate over a double boiler.

Let us know what you think in the comments below and remember to share this article with your chocoholic friends!

Learn more about How To Melt White Chocolate In The Microwave.

Melt And Temper White Chocolate

Equipment

  • Small pot
  • Large glass mixing bowl
  • Silicone spatula

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Fill a small pot with a bit of water. Place the large glass bowl over the pot and ensure that it fits tightly (no steam should escape through the sides).  Bring the water to a low simmer.
    Add the white chocolate chips to the glass bowl. Allow the chocolate chips to melt while gently stirring using a clean spatula. If your chocolate chips haven't completely melted within the first minute, remove the glass bowl from the heat and keep stirring the chocolate. This will help prevent over-heating and seizing the chocolate.
  • Once the chocolate chips are completely melted, gently heat them (while still slowly stirring) to 105 - 110°F (41-43°C).
  • Then, add the remaining third of white chocolate chips to the melted chocolate. This will help create stable beta crystals.
    When you have added the chocolate chips, keep stirring and allow the chocolate to cool as the chips melt. This will bring the temperature of the batch down to about 80°F (27°C).
  • Once the chocolate has been cooled to 80°F (27°C), you can slowly heat it to 84-87°F (29-31°C). Your chocolate is now tempered and can be used to create beautiful confections.
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