What is the single most important step in making chocolate candy? Melting the chocolate CORRECTLY!
Instructions for Melting Chocolate
Put hot water, either heated or tap, in the bottom of the double boiler. This water should be hot to the touch but not to a boil or a simmer, you should be able to get your fingers in the water without burning them. Take bottom of the double boiler off the stove and place the top of the double boiler over the hot water with chocolate to melt. Please stir frequently to ensure even melting consistency. It is as simple as that!!! Melting time will vary depending on how hot your tap water is, and how much chocolate you are melting.
What not to do when melting chocolate!!
1. NEVER HEAT OR BOIL WATER WHILE CHOCOLATES OR SUMMER COATINGS ARE ON THE HEAT SOURCE.
-If you continue to heat the water your chocolate or coatings will cook and become extremely thick. Always pull your double boiler
off the heat source before melting.
2. NEVER ADD WATER, MILK, OR ANY OTHER LIQUID TO THIN THE CHOCOLATE DOWN UNLESS YOUR RECIPE
CALLS FOR IT.
-Adding a liquid will ruin the chocolate. If it is properly melted it will be the perfect consistency for dipping and pouring.
-Paramount Shortening Crystals can be used to thin the chocolate down.
3. NEVER PLACE YOUR PAN OF WATER AND CHOCOLATE BACK ON THE STOVE TO REHEAT, REHEAT WATER
ONLY (SEE STEP ONE OF HOW TO MELT CHOCOLATE) - This will cook the chocolate and give you lumpy unworkable
chunks of burnt chocolate. Simply replace the cool water with hot water and remelt.
4. NEVER USE PASTE COLORS TO COLOR YOUR CHOCOLATE.
-Using icing paste colors will gum up your chocolate and render it unworkable. Oil based and powdered colorings are available in a
wide array of colors and are suitable for chocolate coloring.
5. MICROWAVE USE IS NOT RECCOMENDED
MICROWAVES ARE NOT RECCOMENDED TO USE FOR MELTING DUE TO THE DIFFERENT WATTAGES AND HEATING TIMES. WE UNDERSTAND THIS IS A CONVIENENT METHOD AND WORKS FOR SOME, BUT LOVEGROVES DOES NOT RECCOMEND THAT METHOD AND YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.