Can You Microwave Chocolate? Does It Melt or Burn?

Who doesn't love melted chocolate to dip strawberries in or other yummy treats like biscuits. Don't you wish there was an easy way to make melted chocolate without burning it?

Can you microwave chocolate? If you do will it go nice and goey or will it burn?

I want an easy way to make melted chocolate so I decided to see if you can microwave chocolate or not.

I did my own tests (which didn't go so well) and did a bunch of research and wanted to share what I learned:

You can microwave chocolate however you need to follow the correct steps to avoid burning your chocolate. Put your chocolate in a plastic container (not glass/ceramic) and microwave for 30 seconds on medium-high. Stir chocolate and repeat, microwaving for 30 seconds then stirring. This will give you perfectly melted chocolate.

If you don't follow these simple steps (like me) then you're going to end up burning your chocolate and it's going to be completely wasted.

In my test I used a ceramic plate which got extremely hot and I failed to mix my chocolate which led to burning.

What Happens When You Microwave Chocolate?

I wanted to see exactly what would happen when you microwaved chocolate so I did some experiments for myself.

You can see what happened to my chocolate in the video below:

As you can see I manage to completely burn parts of my chocolate while other parts melted ok.

I made all the major mistakes when microwaving chocolate.

I didn't do it in bursts of 30 seconds, I didn't stir after each burst and I used ceramic which got extremely hot in the microwave leading to further burning of my chocolate.

How To Properly Melt Chocolate In The Microwave

Clearly I didn't microwave my chocolate properly which led to burning, but you can actually melt chocolate in the microwave with these simple steps:

  • Break your chocolate into small pieces and place into a microwave safe plastic bowl
  • Heat on medium-high for 30 seconds
  • Take bowl out and stir the chocolate
  • Repeat, cooking for 30 second intervals and stirring in between.

After this process you should have perfectly melted chocolate.

Here's a video about exactly how to do it: