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Melting Carob on a Stove/Gas Top

Things You'll Need:

  • Double Boiler or Two Saucepans
  • Sweet Chops Carob Drops
  • Plastic spatula or wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • 1 tbsp. water or Canola Oil

Directions:

  1. Pour water into the bottom of the double boiler and place it on the stove over medium high heat.
  2. Or if you don’t have a double boiler you can use two saucepans. Use a large saucepan filled with a small amount of water and a smaller saucepan to sit inside. Make sure the water does not overflow when you put the smaller saucepan into the larger one, as you don’t want water in your carob.
  3. Place the packet of Sweet Chops carob chips in the top of a double boiler or small saucepan and put it onto the bottom of the double boiler or larger saucepan.
  4. Stir the carob chips with a wooden spoon about 5 to 10 minutes after the water in the bottom of the double boiler has started to boil. The texture will be dry. Turn the heat down to low.
  5. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth like melted chocolate. Add 1 tbsp. Water or Canola Oil to the melted carob chips if they are too thick and stiff.
  6. Remove the melted carob from the heat and use the melted carob chips immediately by drizzling the mixture on top of a dessert or dipping ingredients into it to form a coating.

Melting Carob in a Microwave

Things You'll Need:

  • Large glass bowl
  • Sweet Chops Carob Drops
  • Plastic spatula or wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • 1 tbsp. water or Canola Oil

Directions:

  1. Pour the Sweet Chops packaged carob chips into a large glass bowl. Set your microwave to "medium" or 50% power.
  2. Heat the carob chips on 50% power for 30 seconds. Take the bowl out of the microwave, and gently stir the chips with a plastic spatula or wooden spoon to help break down their shapes.
  3. Return the bowl to the microwave, and heat the carob chips on 50% power for another 30 seconds. Remove the bowl, and stir the carob chips again until all the pieces are completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Microwave them for another 15 seconds and stir them again if the carob chips still hold their shapes.
  4. Add 1 tbsp. Water or Canola Oil to the melted carob chips if they are too thick and stiff. Mix the liquid into the melted chips with a plastic spatula or wooden spoon until it is your desired texture.
  5. Use the melted carob chips immediately by drizzling the mixture on top of a dessert or dipping ingredients into it to form a coating. Reheat the mixture in the microwave on 50 percent power for 15 seconds if it starts to harden up.

Melting Carob Tips & Warnings

  • If you have more than 1 to 4 cups carob chips to melt, divide them into smaller batches so they melt more evenly.
  • Never use direct high heat to melt carob chips, or you risk scorching them within seconds.
  • Always stir the carob chips before assuming they are not melted or require more heating time - they may slightly keep their shapes even when they're melted, so stirring will help further soften them.

How to dip cookies in icing?

  1. Roll out a piece of wax paper and place on bench or into a container.
  2. Dip one end of the cookies into the melted carob one at a time, using the spoon to help thoroughly coat them with the carob.
  3. Place the coated cookies onto the wax paper.
  4. Place in refrigerator to harden or leave on bench.

How to ice cupcakes?

Option 1
Once the carob is melted, wait for it to cool slighty then you can pour into a squeeze bottle and gently squeeze the carob onto the cupcake and smooth with the back of a spoon or small spatula. Place cookie on top of the cupcake before the icing hardens.

Option 2
If you don’t have a squeeze bottle you can use a piping bag or a really easy trick is to cool the carob then pour into a good quality zip lock plastic bag and cut a small corner for pouring. Warning, make sure the carob is cooled before putting into the bag, as you don’t want it to split. Place cookie on top of the cupcake before the icing hardens.

Option 3
If you don’t have any of the above, simply use a small teaspoon and add a small amount onto the cupcake and smooth over with the back of the spoon or small spatula. Wait for icing to cool slightly so it is not running before icing. Be careful not to add too much icing so it overflows. Place cookie on top of the cupcake before the icing hardens.