How to melt Chocolate Coatings

Microwave Method:
  • For 1 lb. of Confectionary Coating, place in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds on defrost; stir 1 minute.
  • Continue microwaving (30 seconds) and stirring (1 minute) intervals until the Confectionary Coatings are fully melted.
  • It is important to stir Coating a full minute at each interval.
  • When melted in the microwave, the Coatings will retain their wafer shape until stirred.
  • The heat from the bowl should be what is melting the Confectionary Coating. The first 30 seconds is basically just heating the bowl.

Double Boiler Method:

  • Heat water in the bottom of the double boiler just until steaming, do not let the water come to a boil.  You should always be able to touch the water without burning your hands.
  • Take pot off the stove and place a bowl or pot on top of the hot water with about 1 lb. of Confectionary Coating.  Stir until melted.
  • Do not leave on the hot water for more then 15 minutes, as it will overheat causing white streaks in your chocolate.
  • Chocolate should stay manageable for 30-45 minutes before needing to re-heat.

Things to remember:

  • Chocolate Coatings are oil-based, so never let water come in direct contact with them.
  • If you are adding flavors, they must be oil-based.  ( Sarah’s recommends Lorann Oils).  Remember most extracts are water based.
  • The working temperature of chocolate Coating is 90-92 degrees F.  If the coatings are too thick add a small amount of Paramont Crystal Flakes, (lecithin) until the right consistency. Usually just a pinch will be needed.
  • White and Colored Chocolates are more sensitive to heat then Milk or Dark Chocolate.

Storing Chocolate Coating:

  • Store in a cool, dry and odorless environment.
  • Do not place in refrigerator or freezer because condensation will develop when removed.  This will add water to the coating and they will become thick when melted.