How to Thin Melted Chocolate

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How to Thin Melted Chocolate
(A. Johnson)

Chocolate can be melted and used as a dipping sauce for strawberries, cookies and other sweet treats. Melted chocolate can also be poured over small cakes and used as a frosting. But, if the frosting is too thick, it will not pour and in turn make an inferior sauce. If that does occur, it's possible to thin melted chocolate.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Double boiler
  • Wooden spoon
  • Crisco
  • Liquid
  • Paramount crystals

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  1. 1

    Place the chocolate in the top of a double boiler, with water in the bottom double boiler pan. It is advisable to melt chocolate in a double boiler, and not directly over the heat or in a microwave oven. Place the water pan directly on the stove to heat, and put the pan of chocolate on top of the water.

  2. 2

    Add a little bit of Crisco, and stir with a wooden spoon. Avoid using a metal spoon.

  3. 3

    Add a few drops of liquid instead of Crisco. This might be milk, cream, coffee or a liqueur. Liqueurs or coffee will add a new flavour to chocolate while thinning, such as mint, almond or mocha.

  4. 4

    Stir chocolate while adding several drops of the liquid. If more thinning is needed, add several more drops. Continue adding until the chocolate reaches the desired consistency.

  5. 5

    Use paramount crystals if you want to thin but not alter the flavour. Paramount crystals are used by candy makers, and the ratio is typically a 1/4 cup per pound of chocolate. Paramount crystals are typically found in candy speciality stores.

Tips and warnings

  • If you add too much liquid, the chocolate will not be suitable for dipping, as it will be too runny.

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