Melted white chocolate can be great for dipping strawberries, cake pops, truffles and more. Melting white chocolate chips in a microwave is one way to prepare them for dipping. It is fast and convenient, though you need to take precautions to ensure you don’t accidentally burn your chocolate.
White chocolate tends to be tricky to melt as it can clump up, harden or even burn if you aren’t careful. Though you can use a stove with a double boiler to melt your chocolate, the microwave also works as well. You can even use food coloring with melted white chocolate to create colorful, beautiful desserts.
Melting White Chocolate Chips in A Microwave
White chocolate tends to be tricker to melt than milk or dark chocolate. This is due to the fact that it has a high cocoa butter content and a lower melting point. However, with the right steps, you can successfully melt white chocolate in the microwave.
Use a microwave-safe bowl
To get started, you want to be sure to use a microwave-safe bowl. A glass or ceramic bowl will work fine, as long as it is safe to use in the microwave.
Begin by microwaving for 30 seconds at half power
After adding your chocolate chips to the bowl, place it in the microwave. Microwave it at half power for 30 seconds then take it out and use a whisk or fork to stir.
Continue to microwave At 15-second intervals until almost all melted
Return the bowl to the microwave and microwave at half power for 15 seconds. Stir the white chocolate again and keep microwaving it at 15-second intervals, stirring each time, until around 80% melted. Once almost all melted, stir it together and the warm melted chocolate will melt the unmelted part.
Let the white chocolate sit for a couple of minutes after melting, as it will be hot after microwaving. Use it to dip pretzels, strawberries, cake pops, cookies, rice crispy treats, truffles, and more.
In addition, to use your white chocolate for dipping, you can also it to pipe words and decorations on cakes and different desserts. After letting it cool, place the white chocolate in a piping bag or Ziploc bag, and then trim the tip.
You can also use white chocolate to make decorations you can add to desserts. Pipe your decorations on a sheet of parchment paper and let it fully dry. Once dry, carefully pick it off of the parchment paper and place it on your dessert.
Tips For Microwaving White Chocolate Chips
White chocolate is not as easy to melt as milk or dark chocolate is. It can clump together easily and can even burn too. The trick to melting white chocolate is to do it at low heat and take your time.
Always microwave at half power to avoid burning
If you were to just put a bowl of white chocolate in the microwave and heat it for one minute at full power, the results probably wouldn’t be good. You would probably just end up with a messy clump of chocolate that might even be burnt.
Setting the microwave to half-power will ensure that it is not too hot. This will slowly melt the chocolate and help prevent it from clumping up or burning.
Stir well between each interval
To ensure you don’t overheat it, stir the chocolate after each 15-second interval. As you stir it together, it will help melt the chocolate better and create a smoother consistency. Be sure to never microwave the white chocolate longer than 30 seconds at a time to reduce the chance of overheating it.
Let it cool slightly before dipping
Before you dip your desserts in the chocolate, it is a good idea to let it cool for around two to five minutes before doing so. The chocolate will be very hot after melting, so you don’t want to accidentally burn yourself.
Using A Double Boiler To Melt White Chocolate
Another method to melt white chocolate is to use a double burner. To do so, fill a pot up about halfway full of water and bring it to a boil. Once it is in a bowl, bring it down to a simmer and put your double boiler or a heatproof-glass bowl above the pot.
Be sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl or boiler. Add your chocolate to your glass bowl and boiler. Use a rubber spatula or whisk your white chocolate occasionally as it melts.
Once the white chocolate is melted, remove the bowl from above the simmering water. Allow your chocolate to cool slightly before using it. Be sure not to walk away from the double boiler as you are melting your chocolate, as it may burn.
Melting White Chocolate
The microwave can be an easy and effective way to melt your white chocolate. Just be sure to use half power and melt it for no more than 30 seconds at a time.
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Why Won't My White Chocolate Chips Melt in the Microwave?
Your white chocolate is likely not melting in the microwave because you are using too high of heat or microwaving in too long of intervals. In addition, if it comes in contact with water it will seize up and not melt. Be sure to microwave it at half power and in no longer than 30-second intervals.
What is the Trick to Melting White Chocolate?
The trick to melting white chocolate is to do it slowly and at low heat. Microwave it for no longer than 30-second intervals and stir after each interval.
How Do You Liquify White Chocolate Chips?
To melt white chocolate, you can use either a double boiler or microwave. White chocolate can be tricky to melt, so be sure to be careful and take your time.
Why Do You Add Oil to Melted Chocolate?
Adding a small amount of oil to your chocolate can help prevent it from drying out. By doing this you don't have to worry about it drying up as you are dipping desserts.