Melting chocolate is not the same as tempering chocolate, although melting is a necessary step in the tempering process.
Melting chocolate can be accomplished in a microwave or over a hot-water bath.
tip 1 The chocolate should be chopped into uniform pieces to ensure even melting. Never try to melt large bars or blocks of chocolate that have not been chopped.
tip 2 Avoid all contact with water.
tip 3 Melt the chocolate on low heat as Chocolate is very delicate.
The traditional method of melting chocolate is to use a double boiler. Where in Chocolate is placed in the top bowl and allowed to melt over gentle, indirect heat.