Real Chocolate

Why does chocolate seize?
Because Nestlé® TOLL HOUSE® morsels are real chocolate, they have a low melting point. If the sugar in the chocolate is heated at too high of a temperature, it will scorch and the chocolate will seize.

Another culprit is water— even the tiniest bit. For example, even droplets on a wooden spoon can cause chocolate to harden.

How do I fix seized chocolate?
All it takes is a little oil or shortening. However, we don’t recommend using butter, spreads, water, or milk. For all morsels listed, the measurements are based on 6 oz or 1 cup.

• Butterscotch Morsels: Use 2 Tbsp of shortening or vegetable, canola or corn oil 
• Milk Chocolate Morsels: Use 1 Tbsp of shortening or vegetable, canola or corn oil 
• Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels: Use 1 Tbsp of vegetable, canola or corn oil. Shortening is not recommended.
• Premier White Bars: Use 2 Tbsp of shortening or vegetable, canola or corn oil 
• Premier White Morsels: Use 1 Tbsp of shortening or vegetable, canola or corn oil 
• Semi-Sweet Morsels and Bars: Use 1 Tbsp of shortening or vegetable, canola or corn oil
• Chocolatier Bars Bittersweet and Dark: Use 2 Tbsp of shortening or vegetable, canola or corn oil 

What’s the best way to melt morsels and baking bars?

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars 
Microwave:
Microwave 8 oz. broken baking bars in small, microwave-safe bowl on high (100% power) for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.

Saucepan:
Melt 8 oz. broken baking bars in a small, heavy-duty saucepan over lowest possible heat. When they begin to melt, remove from heat and stir. Return to heat for a few seconds at a time, stirring until smooth.

Double boiler:
Chop up the bars into smaller pieces and heat in the top of an uncovered double boiler over hot (not boiling) water. When most of morsels are shiny, stir until smooth.

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-sweet Morsels, Chocolate Chunks, and Mini Morsels
Microwave:
Microwave 1 cup (6 oz) of morsels in a small microwave-safe bowl on high (100% power) for 1 minute; stir.  Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. To melt 2 cups of morsels, microwave a few seconds longer.

Saucepan:
Melt 1-2 cups of morsels over lowest possible heat. When they begin to melt, remove from heat, stir. Return to heat for a few seconds at a time, stirring until smooth. [Note: Not recommended for Butterscotch Morsels, Milk Chocolate Morsels, Mint-Chocolate Morsels and Premier White Morsels.]

Double Boiler:
Heat in the top of an uncovered double boiler over hot (not boiling) water. When most of the morsels are shiny, stir until smooth.

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels and Premier White Morsels
Microwave:
Microwave 1 cup (6 oz) of morsels in small, microwave-safe bowl on medium-high (70% power) for 1 minute; stir. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. To melt 2 cups (12 oz.) of morsels, microwave a few seconds longer.

Double Boiler:
Place morsels in top of double boiler over hot (not boiling) water. Do not cover. Prevent water from coming in contact with morsels. When most of the morsels are shiny, stir just until melted. Once melted, immediately remove top pan with melted morsels from bottom pan.

NESTLÉ TOLL® HOUSE® Butterscotch Morsels and Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels
Microwave:
Melt 1 cup (6 oz.) of morsels in uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. To melt 1 2/3 cups (11 oz.) of morsels, microwave a few seconds longer.

Double Boiler:
Place morsels in top of double boiler over hot (not boiling) water. Do not cover. Prevent water from coming in contact with morsels. When most of the morsels are shiny, stir just until melted. Once melted, immediately remove top pan with melted morsels from bottom pan.

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