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Video:How to Melt Chocolate in Double Boiler

with Jen D'Amore

Melting chocolate in a double boiler allows the chocolate to melt slowly over indirect heat, so that it is less likely to seize. Follow these steps to melt chocolate in a double boiler.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Melt Chocolate in Double Boiler

Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com, and this video is all about how to melt chocolate in a double boiler. Melted chocolate is great on just about anything, and is easy to melt using a double boiler.

Set Up Properly to Melt Chocolate in a Double Boiler

If you don't have a double boiler all you need is a pot, and a glass or metal bowl that fits snugly on top. Pour water into the bottom pot, leaving enough space so the water never touches the top bowl. In order to keep your chocolate from seizing you'll want to keep moisture away from it throughout the process. So make sure the bowl and anything that will be touching the chocolate are bone dry.

Stir Occasionally When You Melt Chocolate in a Double Boiler

You can use any type of chocolate you like, just be sure to make the pieces roughly the same size. Heat the water over low heat until it simmers. Then turn off the heat, and place the bowl of chocolate on top. Chocolate retains it's shape even as it's melting, so with a dry spatula, give it a stir to see where it is in the melting process.

Tips for Adding Ingredients When Melting Chocolate in a Double Boiler

When it's started to melt you can remove it from the heat and stir it until it's completely melted, shiny, and smooth. It's always best to melt chocolate slowly and with indirect heat, so be patient. If you plan on mixing something with your melted chocolate, like liquor or butter, make sure you heat it first, then add it, rather than exposing the melted chocolate to a cold substance.

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