A double boiler consists of two pots that sit within one another. It allows you to cook foods that are prone to scorching and burning by keeping them away from direct heat. Chocolate chips must be melted in a double boiler or a similar cooking utensil, as they tend to burn in a regular pot. Once the chocolate is melted, use it to coat strawberries, pretzels or other fruits, candies and snack foods. The chocolate hardens as it cools down, providing a flavorful and attractive coating.
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Place 2 inches of water in the bottom of the double boiler. Alternatively, place the water in a small pot.
Set the top of the double boiler in place. If using a pot, place a metal bowl inside of the pot. Use a bowl large enough to rest on the pot rim so the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the bottom of the pot.
Heat the water over medium heat until it begins to boil.
Place one package of chocolate chips in the double boiler or bowl. Stir constantly to prevent the chocolate from burning
Remove the chocolate from the heat once it's completely melted and smooth. Dip the items you wish to coat into the chocolate, then lay them on a sheet of wax paper while the chocolate hardens.
If the chocolate begins to scorch, mix in small slivers of vegetable shortening to prevent burning and keep it smooth.
Reheat the chocolate in the double boiler if it hardens before you are done working with it.