Perfect Dipping Chocolate

"Use only shortening for this, do not use butter, margarine or oil! Tips for dipping chocolate on bottom!"
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Ready In:
30 candies


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


  • 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.
  • 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.

Questions & Replies

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  1. rogerstonya2016
    How do i make my own chocolate if I have no chocolate chips or melting chocolates?
  2. Mary A.
    I made the sweetmarie bars a few days ago but because of health , had them covered and now want to dip them in chocolate , should I or just throw the mixture out and start again
  3. Susan C.
    Can I use butter instead of shortening for this recipe?
  4. huhhellpayattention
    can i use this method with white choc. chips?


  1. Beth B.
    This was so easy and fast and tasted really good. I made this because I ran out of the store bought dipping "almond bark" stuff and need more immediately. This worked great, and we had leftover. So I reheated it (after stored in refrigerator overnight) and drizzled it over ice cream the next day. It was like homemade magic shell - the kids LOVED it. Since then, I make it just for that purpose! I might try coconut oil in the future since other comments had success with that.
    • Review photo by Beth B.
  2. pnragz
    This turned out great. I didn't have shortening so used coconut oil, 1 1/2 Tablespoons, and dark chocolate chips. Melted it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes with 30 seconds check and stir. The strawberries were beautiful and tasted great. Thank you for such an easy recipe.
  3. tednjoc
    This worked great for dipping strawberries! However, it was a tad thin in consistency, so I may try decreasing the shortening ever so slightly next time. Thank you.
  4. Colleen K.
    Easy recipe and the chocolate was the perfect consistency for dipping peanut butter balls.
  5. Anonymous
    As I understand it, butter has water in it, which may interfere with melting of the chocolate. I am sticking with shortening.


  1. Heather S.
    I seriously can't thank you enough for this extremely easy recipe.. had a blonde moment (which happens more then id like to admit) haha an I had the hardest time with melting the reg. chocolate morsels for my HM peanut butter crunch balls that need to be covered in chocolate. To be honest I was about to give up on the ballz seems how I've been at it for days now haha but I'm not almost done with then then off to bake a few different kind of cookies.. thanks again!
  2. Beth B.
    Used it as a dessert topping rather than dipping.
  3. Paula C.
    Copha instad of shortning



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