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How to Melt Chocolate in a Double Boiler. Improvise a double boiler, if you don't already have one, with a saucepan and bowl. Then follow these tips from Nestlé Toll House and become a masterful baker.

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Fill bottom of double boiler with water and place on low heat.

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Place chocolate chips or coarsely chopped chocolate in the top of double boiler over hot (not boiling) water and allow it to melt. Do not cover.

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When most of the chocolate is shiny, stir until smooth.

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Remove top of boiler from heat.

Tip

Chocolate has a very low melting point. It must not be subjected to excessive heat, such as baking temperatures in an oven. Always melt over very low heat - do not boil the water. Moisture is the enemy of melting chocolate - it can cause the mixture to stiffen. Don't let any water get into the chocolate (that's why you shouldn't cover the double boiler; condensation will drip in).