It is so easy to melt chocolate chips (or other baking chip flavors) in the microwave and use them for dipping strawberries, cookies or pretzels. They taste better and look instantly elegant after dipping in chocolate. This also works as a drizzle on caramel apples.
1 (12 oz) bag or 2 cups chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, white--or any baking chip flavor of your choice)
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
Put chocolate chips (or other baking chip flavor) in a microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons oil. Cook on full power, checking at 20 second intervals, stirring each time. Stop heating when most, but not all, of the chips are melted--there should be a few chunks left. Stir until it is smooth and chips are completely melted. (Approx. 60 seconds total cooking time. Microwave power and exact times can vary.) Be careful not to overcook. Dip fruit, cookies, or pretzels in melted chocolate and place on parchment or waxed paper lined tray until chocolate hardens.
Additional tips and suggestions: --Adjust the recipe for any quantity. For each cup of chocolate chips, add 1 tablespoon canola oil. --Melt other chip flavors in the same way. Try butterscotch, vanilla, peanut butter. --Dip cookies (oatmeal, shortbread, vanilla wafers, ginger snaps, biscotti) half way into the melted chocolate, for an elegant touch. --Dip fruit in melted chocolate: strawberries, banana slices, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, etc. --Use this recipe for melting baking chips to drizzle on caramel apples, popcorn, and more.
MELT CHOCOLATE IN A SLOW COOKER for an easy way to hold it for an extended time at a perfect melted consistency. See photos and instructions at: www.theyummylife.com/Slow_Cooker_Melted_Chocolate