Shine On Chocolate?

by Penny
(London, Ontario, Canada)


Thank you for the awesome help in storing almond bark with cranberries. Now, I have another question...

I want to dip strawberries in chocolate but never seem to get a shine on them, how do you get the shine in the chocolate. I have been using Merkins chocolate and melting it and then dipping the strawberry. Is there something I'm missing?

Thanks again for your help, just love this site.

Hi Penny,

Glad to be of help. Thanks for your kind words about the site, too. :)

There are different ways to get shiny chocolate. The most time consuming way to make chocolate shiny is to temper the chocolate. Tempering gives the chocolate a sharper crack and a shinier appearance.

You can also usually get the chocolate to shine just by adding a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the chocolate when melting. In fact, quite often people use paraffin wax for the same purpose - about 1 tablespoon does the trick.

Try one of those suggestions and see how they turn out. Let me know!


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Nov 18, 2021
How much chocolate? NEW
by: Scott Jayson

Fairly useless advice, given that it suggests a tablespoon of oil and doesn't say how much chocolate. An ounce? A pound?

Here's my advice; 1 teaspoon oil per cup of chopped chocolate. Too little and it will still bloom, too much and it will remain sticky after drying.

Dec 24, 2016
shine to homemade chocolate candy NEW
by: Gail

Will coconut oil add shine to truffles?

May 18, 2015
Paramount Crystals To Add Shine NEW
by: Angie from

Yes, that should do the trick! :)

May 17, 2015
glossy shine NEW
by: annika

Can I also use paramount crystals to give my chocolate a glossy shine?

Dec 07, 2013
Making Chocolate Shine NEW
by: Angie from

Glad you like Chocolate Candy Mall. :) I would suggest about 1 tablespoon per pound of chocolate. I would suggest shortening instead of oil if possible. Paraffin wax works, too.

Dec 06, 2013
What Quantity? NEW

What proportion of oil or paraffin to chocolate for this method to make it shiny? Thank You!
By the way... I LOVE YOUR SITE !!!!!!!!

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