Are there any bees who know anything about tempering chocolate?

posted 3 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
1298 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Earlybride:  I have always melted chocolate in a pyrex measuring cup in the microwave, and just do it very slowly, 30-40 seconds at a time at first, then going down to 20 seconds and stirring in between. I’ve never had any problems with it seizing up or getting too hot from the container. 

Since it’s glass too, you don’t have to worry about any chemicals potentially leaching into the chocolate from the rubbermaid container, either.

Post # 5
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can also do a double boiler method which is more “idiot proof” than the microwave.  I made 70+ chocolate lollipops for my son’s 1st birthday and I didn’t ruin any of them (used microwave), but I did have one batch that was almost borderline.  Enjoy!

Post # 6
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I prefer to melt my chocolate using a makeshift double broiler: boil a pot of water and place a large metal bowl on-top.  I think the melt is more consistent and easier to manage.


That’s how I do my chocolate covered cookies etc.

Post # 7
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Im an advocate for the double boiler. You can constantly see where you’re at in the melting/tempering process. its extremely UN-complicated. There’s just too much guesswork and room for error in a microwave.

When I melt chocolate in the microwave (say, for piping on a cake) I use a glass Pyrex bowl.

Post # 9
641 posts
Busy bee

I literally scambled from my phone to my computer to get the proper link for you.

No chocolate tempering in the microwave! No! Never! Do not give into the microwave devil’s temptation!

That being said, tempering is actually not difficult at all.

has an extrodinary explanation of it. I used it to make hollow chandy shells last year for Valentine’s Day, and they turned out delightfully. I don’t have a double boiler, so I used the good old shoddy bowl shoved on top of a pot of water.


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