Perfect Dipping Chocolate

READY IN: 3mins
YIELD: 30 candies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 12
    cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips (use pure chocolate chips)
  • 2
    tablespoons Crisco shortening
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DIRECTIONS

  • Remove the chilled candy from the refrigerator about 10 minutes before coating (dipping cold centers can result in cracked coating).
  • Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a 2-cup measuring bowl.
  • Place the bowl into a larger bowl which contains very warm water (about100-110F) the water should reach only halfway up the 2-cup bowl with the chocolate (DO NOT LET EVEN 1 DROP WATER MIX WITH CHOCOLATE!).
  • Stir mixture constantly with a small spatula until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth (this should take about 16-18 minutes, do not rush the melted process).
  • If necessary replace the water with more very warm water.
  • remove the 2-cup bowl with melted chocolate from the water and continue to stir until all the chocolate is cooled slightly (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Set one candy onto a two-pronged fork, then completely dip candy into melted chocolate.
  • Gently tap the fork against side of the bowl to remove any excess melted chocolate.
  • Place onto baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  • Repeat with remaining candy.
  • If the chocolate becomes too thick for dipping, place the bowl containing the chocolate into the bowl with warm water until desired consistancy.
  • TIPS ON HOW TO WORK WITH DIPPING CHOCOLATE.
  • Avoid all types of moisture when melting the chocolate, any steam or drops of moisture can cause the 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.
  • Store the chocolate tightly wrapped in a cool dry place, do not refrigerate.
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