Melting Chocolate in a Crock Pot

Melting Chocolate in a Crock Pot

So, I have an unhealthy obsession with my crock pot.  Seriously, I use it ALL of the time.  When people aren’t looking {even when they are}, I talk to it–like an old reliable friend.  So when a friend {not the crock pot} told me I could melt chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, etc. in a crock pot, I nearly squealed with delight.  Nearly.

I don’t know about you, but with all of the holiday recipes around here, this is going to make my life soooo much easier.  Basically, all you need to do is fill chocolate chips,  almond bark, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips {and the list goes on} into mason jars.  I like to use the wide mouth pint sized because they are easy for dipping.

Melting Chocolate in a Crock Pot

Simply put the chocolate filled jars into the crock pot {you can put multiple jars in at the same time} then pour water in around the jars, until it is about half-way up the side of the jars.  Be careful NOT to get water INTO the jars.  It has disastrous consequences on the melting process.  Finally, turn the crock pot on high and LEAVE THE LID OFF, because again, you don’t want condensation dripping back into your jars.  Stir the contents of the jars every so often until they are completely melted.

That’s it.  Now you have melted whatever you need as you do your holiday recipes.  Genius, right?

~Mavis

Melting Chocolate in a Crock Pot

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Comments

  1. Jennifer says

    Would you keep it on warm or low possibly so that you could leave it in the crockpot while preparing things. I make all kinds of chocolat covered goodies at the holidays and keeping the chocolate “dippable” has been an issue.

      • Jennifer says

        Yeah. The chocolate mice I make are what I was most worried about, since they take the most time to assemble…I can’t wait. Of course this means I have to get a new crock pot (oh darn!…lol) since I am usually already using the one I have during the holidays.

  2. Cheryl says

    Perfect timing for this post as I had leftover caramels from Halloween and wanted to melt them for dipping but wasn’t sure how to keep it in a melted state. I love my crockpot too, we got it for a wedding gift 26 years ago and it still works perfectly!

  3. Sarah says

    Brilliant! Do you think you could let whatever’s left in the jar (ha ha, I know) solidfy, and then remelt it later?

    • Jennifer says

      Try putting just a bit of shortening in with it next time. I did this this past weekend to make chocolate mice and the chocolate stayed smooth the whole time. Also don’t forget to turn it down to low once it has melted.

  4. J says

    how long did it take to melt the chocolate? did you have to have the crock pot on for more than an hour to get it all to melt?

  5. auntie M says

    Do you have any crockpot recommendations? My new crockpot totally blows. It doesn’t get as hot as my old one (now deceased) and I hate to shell out money for a new one without some assurance that it will measure up.

  6. Jen says

    I use the “lunch crocks” by Crock Pot to melt my chocolate chips, almond bark and candy melts. No water needed. It seems to be the perfect temperature to keep the chocolates melted. I have never had a problem with the candy burning and I have left it on for hours. I use my large crock pot to keep the small bottles warm. I add a bit of water to the bottom. I no longer have to play with a microwave for 20 seconds at a time to melt chocolate. The crock pot is a life saver!

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