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Melted chocolate on a white rubber spatula, held over a bowl of melted chocolate in the background.

How to Melt Chocolate Chips

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop and Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


Learn how to melt chocolate chips using these easy methods for the stovetop and microwave. You’ll have silky results every time, without seizing or scorching your chocolate!


  • Chocolate chips, up to 2 cups


In the microwave

  1. Place chocolate chips in a heat-proof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, and stir the chocolate every 30 seconds. As the chocolate begins to melt, consider stirring it for a minute or two before returning to the microwave to melt any remaining pieces. Stir until smooth. If only a small portion of chocolate remains to be melted, microwave in 15-second spurts and stir it until smooth.

On the stovetop

  1. You can melt chocolate chips on the stovetop using a double boiler method. Place a pot filled with 1-2 cups of water on the stovetop over medium-medium/low heat. Place the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl and place it over the pot. Bring the water to a boil and as the water heats, it starts to melt the chocolate. Stir until completely melted and smooth.


  • Chocolate chips melt down to approximately half of their starting volume. For example, 2 cups of chocolate chips will yield about 1 cup of melted chocolate.