Making simple chocolates at home is easy and can even be accomplished with simple, basic tools and your microwave. Yes, you can make chocolates from your microwave. The video below will show you how, courtesy of Taste of Home.

The golden rule for melting chocolate is don’t rush. The traditional way to do it is in a pan over a bowl of simmering water as described above for tempering.

The easy way to do it, with no danger of it boiling and spoiling, is in the microwave. For about 4 ounces (or 100g) of chocolate, leave in the microwave on full power for about one minute. Take it out and stir it well but not vigorously. If it isn’t quite melted, put it back for maybe 20 or 30 seconds, then stir again.

Keep in mind that chocolate chips will keep their shape, even after being microwaved until you stir them. If not fully melted, you’ll see small lumps. Microwave again for 20 to 30 seconds and they should be fully melted. Remember to handle the bowl with a potholder as it will be very hot.  Also, if you’re going to microwave the chocolate, use a glass bowl, not ceramic or metal. However, if you’re going to melt the chocolate over simmering water, we suggest a stainless steel bowl as it allows the heat to penetrate the chocolate faster than glass.

Even with a larger amount of chocolate, only leave it in the microwave initially for about one or one and a half minutes before stirring.

If you do burn the chocolate (the phone rings, your baby cries and you leave it on the simmering pan), you may be able to save it by stirring in vegetable fat or  butter. The best thing though,  is not to burn it. Picking the quietest time of day with the least distractions is best.

Melted chocolate can be used in a wide range of things, from candy-making to cocktails. It’s a skill well worth learning and one you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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