Melted chocolate is wonderful for dipping fruit like strawberries and drizzling over your favorite ice cream. One of my favorites is chocolate covered raisins and the other is chocolate covered cherries. Dark chocolate is actually made from cocoa. White chocolate, on the other hand, is made from cocoa butter.
Chocolate is a comfort food and chocolate lovers have their favorites. Some like dark chocolate, others like milk chocolate. You may prefer the bitter chocolate while your friend loves it sweet.
How to Melt Chocolate
Not everyone knows how to melt chocolate so it's not too runny or gets burned. There's 3 main ways to melt chocolate.
- Double Boiler: This is the best way to melt chocolate. Put your chocolate pieces in the top pan and water in the bottom one. As your water heats, it'll get the top pan warm enough to melt the chocolate without burning it. Stir until all of it is melted.
- Direct Heat: Melt the chocolate in a saucepan over direct heat on top of the stove. Make sure you watch it carefully and stir until everything is melted.
- Microwave: Put your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and set the timer for 2 minutes. Take it out and stir. Repeat the process until all of the chocolate is melted.
Most people use thedouble boiler method. Chocolate starts to melt at 80 degrees F and is completely melted at 100 degrees F. If you heat chocolate too long it becomes gritty rather than smooth.
Benefits of Chocolate
Chocolate is a comfort food because increases our serotonin levels. The benefits of chocolate can make you feel better about indulging occasionally. Like everything else, you want to keep a balance and not eat too much of it.
- Can lower blood pressure
- Fights Inflammation
- Dark chocolate increases insulin sensitivity
- Has antioxidants called flavinoids
- Boosts your mood
- Dark chocolate is high in fiber and minerals
Dark chocolate doesn't have milk in it which is why it has a dark color. It doesn't usually have a lot of sugar. Of course, milk chocolate has milk in it and has more sugar content than dark chocolate.