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Making Christmas candy or mint bark? Here’s How to Melt Your Chocolate in an Instant Pot

So many holiday dishes call for melted chocolate, are from peanut butter truffles to mint bark. The usual processes for melting the aforementioned chocolate – from using a double boiler to pouring a bowl in the microwave – each have their pros and cons but can often be a bit unwieldy when trying to make batches big candy and cookies in a family kitchen.

That’s where an unexpected kitchen tool can step in, like Instant Pot.

When it was first launched in 2010, the Instant Pot was marketed as the ultimate dining tableware. “It’s 10 tools in one!” Food bloggers will tout. Indeed, it functions as a crock pot, pressure cooker, rice cooker, melting pan, steamer, and yogurt maker (although varying degrees of success).

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But what makes the Instant Pot really useful this holiday season is that it allows users to evenly melt larger batches of chocolate and then keep it melted for as long as you’re working in the kitchen. . To get started, all you need are 3 cups of water, a metal or glass bowl large enough to fit on a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot (such as this), and your chocolate.

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How to melt chocolate in an instant pot

Add water to the inner base of the Instant Pot and select “soaking mode”. The water will begin to boil gently within 4 minutes.

If you’ve ever used the double boiler method to melt chocolate, the next step should be familiar. When you see steam coming from the Instant Pot, place a mixing bowl on top of the Instant Pot, then add the chocolate. You can use chips, pieces, or muffins.

Using a rubber spatula or spatula, slowly stir your chocolate until the chocolate is melted, smooth, and fully incorporated.

At this point, you can cancel the “fry” setting and select the “keep warm” mode again. The chocolate will remain melted for several hours, giving you plenty of time to complete your holiday baking schedule.

Cleaning is also very easy. Simply use warm soapy water to clean any remaining melted chocolate inside the mixing bowl, then drain the water from the inner base of the Instant Pot.


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Bobby Allyn

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