What To Do With Melted Chocolate

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Melted chocolate is just pure bliss. There are so many things you would need to melt chocolate for, and if you’ve found that you melted too much at once, you might be stuck with what to do with it. 

You might also find yourself with some extra melting chocolate or chocolate wafers at home, and looking for some new ideas to take your home chocolatiering to the next level. You’re in the right place!

What are some things to do with melted chocolate? There are many, many different ways to use melted chocolate. You could make hot chocolates or mochas, use it as a dip for fruit, make your own chocolate candies, or even add it to some baking recipes for extra richness.

Below are some great ways that you could use up melted chocolate. Most of these are incredibly easy to do, leave room for your own creative genius, and don’t even need recipes!

1. Rich Hot Chocolate

Who doesn’t love a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold day? You can take your hot chocolate up a notch by adding two tablespoons of melted chocolate to the hot chocolate mix.

If you don’t want to use powdered hot chocolate, you could always fill a mug halfway with melted chocolate and stir in some warm milk.

This will give you a thick, drinkable hot chocolate mix that can be topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and chocolate powder for extra deliciousness.

For a more unique twist, you can always add flavorings or extracts to your hot cocoa along with melted chocolate, like vanilla, lavender, rose, raspberry, orange, hazelnut, cinnamon, or honey!

2. Double Chocolate Mocha

For when you feel like some chocolate but need your caffeine fix, you should make a mocha.

Brew up your coffee as you usually would, add in a small amount of milk, and then a tablespoon or two of melted chocolate – depending on how chocolatey you want your mocha to be.

You could then top the mocha with some fresh cream, and drizzle some more melted chocolate on top!

3. Brownies With a Chocolate Layer

Melted chocolate is often used to make decadent brownies. You might have some melted chocolate leftover after making the brownies.

Here’s how to make your brownies extra chocolatey:

  1. Mix the brownie batter using the recipe, adding in the right amount of melted chocolate.
  2. Bake the brownies for the recommended amount of time.
  3. Once baked, remove the brownies from the oven.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the brownies, however much you want.
  5. The melted chocolate will harden and soak into the chocolate brownies as they cool.

The extra layer on top of brownies is like chocolate heaven! You can make a thick layer if you just can’t get enough chocolate in your life, or a thin layer for just a bit of a texture change.

If you use melted white chocolate, you can color it for special occasions, and the flat, smooth surface of the melted chocolate will create a perfect area for decorating.

You can add sprinkles, powdered sugar, a light white chocolate drizzle, or even decorative chocolate candies on top of this layer after it has cooled.

You can make a layer of orange chocolate and make jack-o-lantern brownies for Halloween, write a message in icing to your favorite person for their birthday, or make a red or cool blue layer with white snowflake candies for the holidays.

It’s up to you, so get creative!

4. Chocolate Cake Coating

If you’ve baked a delicious chocolate cake, you could use leftover melted chocolate as a drizzle or glaze.

Using melted chocolate also allows you to easily decorate a cake, and it is incredibly simple to do!

Here’s how to frost a cake with melted chocolate:

  1. Allow the cake to cool completely before attempting to frost with chocolate.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate into a sturdy plastic bag, such as a freezer bag.
  3. Snip one of the bottom corners of the plastic bag, making a very small hole.
  4. Squeeze the melted chocolate out of this hole to make your design.

This is not only a good idea for a cake, but you can use it to decorate the tops of cupcakes as well. You could use the melted chocolate as the only topping, or it can be added onto frosting already piped onto the cupcakes.

Alternatively, you can melt your chocolate down so that it is completely liquefied and pour it over your cake so that it drips down the sides and cools to create a thin glaze that’s pleasing to the eye, crackles under your fork, and melts in your mouth.

5. Chocolate Drizzle

Just like icing the top of a cake using melted chocolate, you can use chocolate to drizzle onto other sweet treats as well.

Many desserts can benefit from a drizzle of melted chocolate. Cream pies, tarts, cheesecakes, and puddings can be topped with some melted or liquefied chocolate. Cookies also deserve some chocolate drizzle too!

Follow the same instructions as above for chocolate cake, placing the melted chocolate into a plastic freezer bag and snipping a small hole to drizzle the chocolate out of.

6. Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate dip, or chocolate fondue, is a great way to use up melted chocolate. You don’t need to do much preparation either.

However, if you don’t already have your chocolate and are here because you’re planning for your next culinary endeavor, we suggest taking a look at our article for the 9 best chocolates for melting so you can be sure to get the best results for fondue.

It really helps if you have a fondue pot to keep the chocolate warm as you dip in your different ingredients.

Here are some items that are perfect for dipping into melted chocolate:

  • Pretzels
  • Wafers
  • Donut holes
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Caramels
  • Pancake bites
  • Diced Belgian waffles
  • Bananas
  • Cookies
  • Apple slices
  • Biscotti
  • Nuts
  • Marshmallows
  • Pound cake cubes

Chocolate fondue is a great way to turn something so simple into a decadent dessert certain to impress your guests.

7. Chocolate Bark

Making chocolate bark is one of the best ways to use up melted chocolate. You can be quite free with the ingredients you add to the chocolate bark, so you can make it exactly how you like.

Here’s how to make chocolate bark:

  1. Line a baking sheet with some plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate onto the baking sheet, evening it out as much as you can.
  3. Sprinkle a combination of your preferred ingredients, like Oreos, M&Ms, toasted nuts, crushed candy cane, caramel and sea salt, seeds, or dried fruit onto the top of the melted chocolate.
  4. Leave it in the fridge to set for a few hours.
  5. Once set, cut or break the bark into small servings.

Some people like to use dark chocolate and more healthy ingredients in their chocolate bark, such as nuts and dried fruits, for a healthier delight.

8. Chocolate Candy Molds

You can use those fun little silicone molds you have sitting at the back of the kitchen cupboard to make some chocolate candies with melted chocolate.

You could even use different colored chocolate, such as colored candy melts, to make seasonal chocolate candies for holidays like Halloween, Christmas, or Easter.

Here’s how to make your own chocolate candies:

  1. Clean out the candy molds well.
  2. Spray with a cooking spray to line the molds, unless you are working with flexible silicone.
  3. Slowly pour in the melted chocolate into each candy mold, filling them just to the top of the mold.
  4. Place the candy mold tray in the fridge for a few hours to set.
  5. Once set, carefully pop out the chocolate candies and enjoy!

There are many different candy mold shapes to choose from. Not only is this a fun activity for the family, but you can even wrap them up as gifts for the holidays!

If you want to get really fancy, you can even dust the inside of the molds with edible glitter or luster dust before pouring your chocolate.

This will coat your chocolate with a layer of vibrant, metallic color and help them stand out from your neighbors’ store-bought desserts at the Christmas party.

Warning: your candies may turn out so pretty you’ll have to waste them because you can’t bring yourself to destroy something so perfect!

9. Chocolate-Covered Frozen Bananas

Extra bananas and extra melted chocolate come together to make one of the tastiest, and easiest, treats around!

Here’s how to make them:

  1. Peel as many bananas as you want to freeze.
  2. Line a baking sheet with some plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  3. Dip half of the banana into the melted chocolate.
  4. Place the dipped bananas onto the baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle whatever toppings you want while the chocolate is still melted.
  6. Place the sheet into the freezer for a few hours.
  7. Once frozen, you can place the chocolate-covered frozen bananas into a freezer-safe container or plastic bag for easier storage in the freezer.

You can take as many out of the freezer at a time to enjoy without having to defrost the whole lot, as they would not have frozen stuck together.

If you want to be creative, you can sprinkle some desiccated coconut, toasted nuts, or M&Ms onto the bananas before freezing!

10. Decadent Cake Batter

All cake batter could do with an extra kick of chocolate! You can use this method for normal oven-baked cake, microwave cake, or even cheesecake.

All you have to do is add around a half cup of melted chocolate to your batter before you cook your cake like you would normally. Of course, this is for a normal-sized cake, and you can always adjust according to your preferences.

This will give your cake an extra kick and add a new layer of richness and decadence that may just make your cake the talk of the table.

11. Chocolate Sauce for Ice Cream

Nothing is better than ice cream with chocolate sauce! This is an incredibly easy way to use melted chocolate.

Simply serve some ice cream in bowls and pour the melted chocolate over the ice cream. It will harden very quickly and give the ice cream a thin, crackling layer of chocolatey goodness.

12. Topping for Blondies and Toffee Bars

Toffee bars and blondies are amazing as-is, but with some extra chocolate topping, they’re downright heavenly!

Here’s how to add melted chocolate to blondies and toffee bars:

  1. Remove the blondies or toffee bars from the oven.
  2. While still hot, pour the melted chocolate over the top of the baked good.
  3. Allow it to cool and the chocolate to harden before slicing.

Alternatively, you could place the melted chocolate into a plastic freezer bag, snip the bottom, and use the melted chocolate to drizzle over the top of the blondies or toffee bars.

Just like the brownies we mentioned before, this chocolate layer creates a smooth surface perfect for decorating if you want to go above and beyond for your local bake-sale.

Related Questions

What Is the Best Way to Melt Chocolate?

The best way to melt chocolate would be using the double boiler method. This is a gentle way to slowly bring chocolate to a melting point and doesn’t expose it directly to high heat.

If you cannot use the double boiler method, you could melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring between.

If you’re still curious about this topic, we invite you to read our article dedicated to this very topic: How to Melt Chocolate Wafers.

Can I Add Butter to Melted Chocolate?

Chocolate can be melted with butter, or another liquid such as milk, cream, or even alcohol. However, the liquid must be added to the chocolate before melting, not after.

If a liquid is added to the chocolate after melting, it could cause the chocolate to seize up and become lumpy, which is nearly impossible to fix.

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