How to Melt Chocolate in a Slow Cooker

2014 Feb 19 |  Written by:  | Tags: , , , , , ,

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Whether it’s the holidays, special occasions, or you’re just feeling a lot like a master baker recently, knowing how to properly melt chocolate is very important when it comes to cooking up and decorating delicious treats. Melting chocolate is relatively easy. Conventionally, it is done by melting chocolate in a bowl placed over hot steam (double-boiling) or by melting in a microwave. Both methods are not difficult to perform, but the problem lies after the melting has been done. Usually, these two methods require the chocolate to be placed in a bowl or something similar. Transferring the melted product to something else becomes a messy hazard, especially if the chocolate is not to be used immediately.

 

We’re not just here to whine about our daily kitchen problems, though. Luckily, there is one great way to save yourself the trouble of icky chocolate melting and still enjoy the delectable goodness – which we will share with you here! Have you ever felt like you’re not getting the most of your slow cooker? Well – this is your chance to let it show you what it’s got!

 

Melting Chocolate in a Slow Cooker

Take note that this method also works great for other chocolates – white, semi-sweet and dark chocolate – as well as baking chips like peanut butter. Follow the simple steps below and your mind will be blown out of proportion!

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  1. Instead of bowls, use jars (minus the lids) to contain the chocolate chips. Pint mason jars will do the job quite well, since they have the right height and width to fit several of them in your slow cooker at the same time – although you can use any durable jar to your liking.
  2. Pour in hot water – not boiling – to the slow cooker about halfway up the jars’ height. Try not to get any water inside the jars: this can thicken and seize melted chocolate.
  3. Turn the slow cooker on high minus the cover. Putting the lid on can create moisture, which can trickle down to the chocolate.
  4. Stir the chocolate in the jars after half an hour using a long spoon or stirrer. The chocolate should already be soft and melted through at this point. This may vary depending on your slow cooker – you may need less or more melting time.
  5. As soon as the chips are melted, turn the heat down (Low / Warm).
  6. Voila! You have gotten yourself melted chocolate that is perfect for decorating, drizzling and dipping. This perfect consistency will last for 3 hours or less. If not working with the chocolate right away, keep the jars on the slow cooker.

 

Foolproof Decorating with Melted Chocolate

Here are some more tips that you will love! Decorating with melted chocolate will never get easier than this:

  • Use a spoon for simple drizzling chocolate on party mixes (trail mix, popcorn mix).
  • Simply pour the chocolate straight from the jars to cookie cutters (they will serve as moulds).
  • For dunking and dipping cookies, pretzels and other finger food, keeping the chocolate in a bowl should do the trick.

 

And our two favourite methods:

177247928#1: Squeeze Bottles

Place the melted chocolate inside plastic squeeze bottles. This is a clean and easy way to place drizzles or decorations to cakes, cookies, cupcakes, candy or fruit. To keep the melted consistency, set the bottles inside a jar of hot water, then place the jar inside the slow cooker (with the residual water from earlier still there). The jars protect the squeeze bottles from tipping over or getting water inside them.

 

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#2: Decorating Pens

This way is the simpler, more direct approach to decorating. Add drizzles without any fuss, similar with the squeeze bottle method but more efficiently and quickly. Kitchenware Direct has a range of decorating items, including the Cuisinart Deluxe Food Decorating Pen (photo on the right).

Do you have more baking / decorating hacks that you’d like to share? Sound off in the comments below!

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