Can You Microwave Chocolate?

Don’t simply toss a bar of chocolate into the microwave and expect it to melt perfectly. Instead, make sure you stick to a proven method, one of which we’ve outlined below:

How to Microwave Chocolate

Microwaving chocolate is one of the simpler methods for melting chocolate but it isn’t without its difficulties. Microwaving chocolate is slow at first but then it very quickly becomes a fast process that can easily go wrong.

To microwave your chocolate you will need your chocolate, a glass bowl and a fork:

  1. Break Chocolate
    Break up your bar of chocolate into small pieces. You may need to break the squares in half too if they are larger squares.
  2. Add to Bowl
    Pop your broken chocolate into the glass bowl.
  3. Microwave
    Put this into the microwave for twenty to thirty seconds. Don’t leave it any longer than this even if the chocolate doesn’t look like it’s melting. Chocolate is one of those rare and strange foods that keeps its shape as it melts so you won’t be able to tell if it has started to melt or not until you take it out of the microwave and give it a stir.
  4. Stir
    When the time is up take the bowl out of the microwave and stir the chocolate.
  5. Repeat
    If it isn’t melted then pop it back in for another ten to twenty seconds.
  6. Stir Again
    Take the chocolate out and stir until it is smooth and all the lumps have gone.

3 Tips for Microwaving Chocolate

Below are our 3 must-follow tips for microwaving and melting chocolate with success:

  • Watch it Like a Hawk – Make sure you keep an eye on your chocolate. If you are only melting a small amount it will need a lot less time in the microwave! Make sure you check it every few seconds or so and give it a stir between microwaving.
  • Glass is Best – A glass bowl is best but you can use any microwavable bowl or jug with success. Just make sure it is big enough and that you can stir the chocolate well.
  • Stir to Melt Final Lumps – When your chocolate is almost melted you may see a few small lumps in it. When it gets to this stage don’t put it back into the microwave. Keep stirring and after a few moments, the lumps will have melted too. The heat from the bowl and chocolate is enough to melt those final pieces of chocolate.

Advantages of Microwaved Chocolate

There are some clear and obvious reasons why you may wish to use the microwave to melt chocolate:

  1. Quick
    Microwaving your chocolate to melt it is much quicker than most other methods and it is far simpler. Other methods require constant stirring for a few minutes! Using a microwave you still have to watch it and stir between short bursts in the microwave but this is made up for by how quick the chocolate melts.
  2. Easy
    When you microwave as long as you keep to the timings outlined above there is very little that can go wrong! The worst thing you can do is overcook it. Other than that it is super easy to get deliciously smooth and creamy chocolate for your recipe.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Chocolate

Unfortunately, there are drawbacks you should be aware of when microwaving chocolate:

  1. Easy to Overcook
    Microwaving chocolate to melt it can be a little tricky with the timings. Because it melts so quickly it can be very easy to get it wrong and this overcooks the chocolate and you end up with burnt clumps of chocolate instead of smooth melted chocolate.
  2. Super Hot
    Another disadvantage of microwaved chocolate is how hot it becomes! Other methods melt the chocolate a little slower which means it may not get up to the same temperature. A microwave heats up chocolate very hot so be careful and avoid burning yourself.

How to Reheat Chocolate in the Microwave

If your chocolate has become solid then you can reheat it to melt it again. However, this isn’t recommended because it can change the texture of the chocolate and you may not get the smooth finish you want.

How to Defrost Chocolate in the Microwave

If you have frozen chocolate that you would like to defrost you should always do this slowly in the fridge. Never try and thaw it out in the microwave because it won’t work well!

Instead of smooth chocolate that is delicious to eat you are likely to end up with lumpy chocolate that is partially melted and partially ruined by water.

Final Summary

Melting chocolate in the microwave is super easy to do and it can be done in less than a minute! You couldn’t ask for more! You should end up with smooth melted chocolate that is perfect for icing, as a drizzle or to pop into your baking and desserts.

Just be careful you watch it carefully and don’t overcook it because this is easy to do because the chocolate melts so quickly.