Chocolate chips are small or miniature drops of chocolate. Several kinds are available-milk, white, semisweet, and bittersweet chocolate. Store chocolate well wrapped in a cool, dry place for up to 4 months.
To melt chocolate chips:
Put the chips in the top pan of a double boiler over barely simmering water. Make sure the pan doesn't touch the water; the water doesn't create steam; and the chocolate doesn't scorch. Stir gently with a wooden spoon until the chocolate has melted.For other types of chocolate, see bittersweet chocolate, chocolate coffee beans, chocolate cookie wafers, chocolate cups, cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and white chocolate.