When a recipe calls for melted milk chocolate candy bars for dipping candy centers, can I use milk chocolate chips with the same results? They are quite a bit cheaper, but I don't want to waste my time if it won't work. —M.K., Sedalia, Kentucky
Milk chocolate chips can be substituted for milk chocolate candy bars with similar results. If melting the chocolate for dipping, use 1 cup of milk chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening for every 6 ounces of chocolate called for in your recipe. Simply microwave the chocolate chips and shortening, uncovered, in a microwave-safe bowl at 50% power for 3 minutes, stirring after each minute. Chocolate chips are formulated to withstand heat and hold their shape in baked goods, so they will keep their shape until stirred.