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Does Vegan Chocolate Melt?

Welcome to another exciting edition of our plant-based culinary exploration!

Today, we are diving into a topic that has sparked curiosity and debate among chocolate lovers and vegan chefs alike: does vegan chocolate melt?

As we all know, vegan cooking and baking can present unique challenges, especially when it comes to replicating the taste and texture of our favourite non-vegan treats.

For those embracing a plant-based lifestyle, it's essential to understand the intricacies of various ingredients and how they might differ from their traditional counterparts.

So, let's get ready to satisfy our sweet tooth and demystify the wonderful world of melting vegan chocolate!

Can You Melt Vegan Chocolate?

Yes, you can melt vegan chocolate. Most dark chocolate is inherently vegan, as it typically contains only cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar.

Like traditional chocolate, dark vegan chocolate melts when heated, making it a versatile ingredient for plant-based recipes and treats.

How to Melt Dark Chocolate On a Stove

Melting dark chocolate on a stove is a simple process, but it requires careful attention to ensure the chocolate doesn't burn or


The best method for melting dark chocolate on a stove is the double boiler method.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Chop the dark chocolate into small, evenly-sized pieces to ensure even melting.
  2. Fill a saucepan with about an inch (2.5 cm) of water and bring it to a simmer over low to medium heat. The ideal temperature for melting chocolate is between 104-113°F (40-45°C).
  3. Place a heatproof bowl (preferably glass or stainless steel) on top of the saucepan, ensuring the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. The steam from the simmering water will heat the bowl and gently melt the chocolate.
  4. Put the chopped chocolate into the bowl and allow it to begin melting. Stir the chocolate gently and consistently with a rubber spatula, ensuring that it melts evenly and doesn't overheat.
  5. Once the chocolate has fully melted and is smooth, remove the bowl from the heat. Be cautious of any escaping steam when lifting the bowl from the saucepan.

Remember to keep the temperature within the ideal range of 104-113°F (40-45°C) and avoid getting any water or moisture into the chocolate, as this can cause it to seize and become grainy.

With these steps in mind, you'll be able to melt dark chocolate perfectly for your plant-based culinary creations!

(You might also like to read this post about how to fix seized chocolate).

How to Melt Dark Chocolate in a Microwave

Melting dark chocolate in a microwave is a quick and convenient method, but it requires careful monitoring to prevent overheating or burning.

Here's how to melt dark chocolate in a microwave:

  1. Chop the dark chocolate into small, evenly-sized pieces to ensure even melting.
  2. Place the chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, preferably made of glass or ceramic.
  3. Microwave the chocolate at 50% power (medium power setting) to maintain gentle heat. The ideal temperature for melting chocolate is between 104-113°F (40-45°C).
  4. Heat the chocolate for 30-second intervals, stirring gently with a rubber spatula after each interval. This will help distribute the heat evenly and prevent overheating.
  5. Continue heating and stirring until the chocolate is almost fully melted. At this point, remove the bowl from the microwave and continue stirring until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted.

It's crucial to keep the temperature within the ideal range of 104-113°F (40-45°C) and avoid overheating the chocolate.

Overheating can cause the chocolate to become grainy or scorched.

By following these steps and monitoring the chocolate closely, you can successfully melt dark chocolate in a microwave for your vegan recipes and treats.

(Click here if you would like to learn: How to Make Melted Chocolate Thinner)

Where Can You Buy Certified Vegan Chocolate?

Certified vegan chocolate is becoming increasingly accessible as more consumers embrace plant-based diets.

One excellent source of certified vegan chocolate is Whitakers Chocolates, with a long history of crafting delicious confections.

Whitakers Chocolates carries the Vegan Society's certification, which ensures that our vegan products are free from animal-derived ingredients and have not been tested on animals.

This certification provides peace of mind for consumers seeking ethically-produced, plant-based treats.

Some popular vegan chocolate products from Whitakers Chocolates include:

  1. Dark Chocolate Mint Creams: A classic combination of rich dark chocolate and refreshing mint fondant centres.

  2. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Creams: A delightful pairing of smooth dark chocolate with real Sea Salt and Caramel fondant centres.

  3. Dark Chocolate Ginger Wafer Thins: A zesty and warming mix of premium dark chocolate and real ginger oil.

In addition, we also have a wide range of vegan chocolate bars, chocolate truffles and vegan gift hampers!

Click this link to view our complete range of chocolate for vegans.

Some Advice From an Expert in Melting Chocolate

I'm thrilled to share our Easymelt shards with you, a product that has become a game-changer for many chefs and bakers.

We created the Easy Melts to provide a versatile, user-friendly chocolate option that can be used in various applications, such as melting, dipping, flavouring, moulding, decorating and baking.

One of the reasons we developed these Easy Melts was to cater to the ever-growing demand for vegan and gluten-free chocolate options.

We are proud to say that our Easy Melt dark chocolate mini shards are both vegan and gluten-free, which allows more people to enjoy the rich and smooth taste of dark chocolate without compromising their dietary choices or needs.

Our Easy Melts have gained immense popularity among chefs and bakers due to their exceptional quality and ease of use.

The mini shards are specifically designed to melt quickly and evenly, reducing the risk of overheating or burning the chocolate.

This convenient format ensures consistent results, whether you're a professional or a home baker.

We are delighted to see how well-received our Easy Melts have been and are committed to continually developing and providing innovative, delicious, and inclusive chocolate products that cater to a wide range of dietary preferences and culinary applications.

If you like to buy in bulk, click here to view our wholesale vegan chocolates.

Final Notes On If Vegan Chocolate Melts

Vegan chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, does melt and can be used as a versatile ingredient in plant-based culinary creations.

Both stovetop and microwave methods can be employed to melt vegan chocolate, with careful attention to temperature and even heating.

As the demand for vegan and gluten-free options grows, companies like Whitakers Chocolates and innovative products like Easy Melts make it easier for individuals to enjoy delicious vegan chocolate in their favourite recipes.

So, go ahead and indulge in the delightful world of vegan chocolate, knowing that it melts just as beautifully as its non-vegan counterparts!

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