Chocolate For Dipping

Chocolate For Dipping

This recipe provides directions and tips for dipping candies.

60 min.prep time 60 min.total time
1 cup
000 Ratings

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups mini real semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening*

Directions

Remove candy centers to be dipped from refrigerator about 10 minutes before coating; dipping cold centers can result in cracked coating or bloom (white crystals) on the coating.

Place chocolate chips and shortening in 2-cup measure. Place measure in large bowl which contains very warm (100 to 110°F) water that reaches halfway up 2-cup measure. Don't let even one drop of water mix with chocolate. Stir mixture constantly with rubber spatula until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth (18 to 22 minutes). (Do not rush melting process.) If necessary, replace water with more very warm water. Remove 2-cup measure from water; continue stirring until chocolate is cooled slightly (2 to 3 minutes).

Set one candy center on tines of fondue fork or 2 pronged fork. Completely dip center into melted chocolate. Gently tap fork against side of 2-cup measure to remove excess melted chocolate. Invert candy onto waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining centers. If melted chocolate becomes too thick for dipping, place 2-cup measure containing chocolate into bowl of very warm water until desired consistency.

*Do not use butter, margarine or oil.

TIPS ON HOW TO WORK WITH DIPPING CHOCOLATE:

• Do not dip chocolate on humid days.

• Avoid all types of moisture when melting chocolate. Steam or drops of moisture can cause mixture to "seize" or become very firm, crumbly and grainy. If this occurs, it can be corrected by stirring in 1 teaspoon shortening for each 2 ounces of melted chocolate.

• Chocolate can also be melted over low heat, in a double boiler or on MEDIUM (50% power) in microwave. If chocolate is melted at too high a temperature it will become crumbly and grainy. This can be corrected as directed above.

• Chop chocolate into small pieces for smooth and even melting.

• Store chocolate tightly wrapped, in a cool dry place. Do not refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts (chocolate to coat one center)

Calories: 50

Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 0mg

Carbohydrates: 5g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 0g

Recipe #6375©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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