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Can I Use Chocolate Chips for Dipping?

“Can I Use Chocolate Chips for Dipping?”

-Melody

 

Melody,

The answer to your question is yes, in a pinch you can! Just know that chocolate chips aren’t the best for dipping. Let me explain:

Chocolate chips are formulated to hold their shape in high heat. This is the reason when you bake chocolate chip cookies in the oven at 350 degrees F they keep that happy little chip shape.

You can use them to melt down for dipping, but because they are more resistant to melting, many people tend to overheat them because they don’t look melted. Overheating chocolate causes it to bloom.

When melting chocolate chips, it is best to add 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil per 12 oz. package of chocolate chips. Melt them down the same way you would a compound coating (using the 20 second rule). Stirring is key. Melt it for 20 seconds, and then be sure to stir. Don’t let the chocolate trick you. Remember they are formulated to hold their shape. It will take stirring the chips to see that they have melted down. And as with all chocolate, keep water away from it.

As I mentioned above, chocolate chips are not ideal for melting. I would recommend using a compound coating, or for truly yummy chocolate, a couverture one.

I hope this helps to answer your question. Good luck!

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