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Mar 23, 2011

The Occasional Tip: Melting Chocolate the Easy Way

Find melting chocolate over a water bath or microwave a tad messy?

This quick, no mess and no frills way is so very practical but only if you want to use just plain melted chocolate. If you're preparing a ganache or frosting, umm, sorry, some mixing and stirring is required and this method may not be the best.

Just bring a pot of water to a warm temperature ... not boiling. Place the amount of chocolate you need in a heatproof resealable / ziplock / freezer bag. Seal and place bag into pot.

Wait a few moments, hum a tune, feed your cat, and you'll have melted chocolate ready for piping and decorating.

Leave the bag sealed. Just snip off a corner and use it as a piping bag to decorate your favorite dessert. When you're done, toss it in the bin! ... the bag, not the dessert.


  1. But I don't have a cat. Will your tip still work or do I need to get a cat?:)

  2. 3Cookies: Hehe .. you always have the funniest and cutest comments. I love them all! Keep them coming! And to answer your question, yes, you'll definitely need to get a cat, won't work without it. :D

  3. Omg, really? That sounds sooo easy. Thank you for shining light on how easy this could be. :)

  4. Now THAT is just genious! Glad you told us to keep the chocolate, though...You're amazing.

  5. Fabulous! I never would have thought of that. This is my first visit to your blog so I spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. Kita: You're welcome

    Jill: Haha...nearly happened to me before (throw out something I'm suppose to keep) during a brain fade moment.

    Mary: Hi! Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend.

  7. Ping, You are so, so funny. I chuckled about this...and I do have two cats, as you know. Whenever I'm in the kitchen fixing anything, they both come out to check what's going on, even after they finished their food.
    What a great idea, and suggestion. about melting the chocolate in the plastic bag. No mess, no fuss, and just snip the ends.

    Where were you since my last posts of drizzling chocolate on my dessert, when I made such a mess, pouring the melted chocolate in the bag?
    Now, you tell me...sheesh!...LOL

  8. Elisabeth: Oh haha, I'm surprised this is new to anyone. I'm glad I posted it then. May your many future desserts have less mess and drip free! :D I'm sure the cats won't complain about the drips on the floor tho, ha!

  9. I recently received an ice cream maker
    and piping the chocolate this way will come in real handy, not to mention for other bakery items! This tip is a keeper.

  10. Letscultivate: Glad I could help :D