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Can I use Chocolate Chips in place of Semi-sweet baking chocolate?

Can I substitute chocolate baking bars for chocolate chips? Usually the baking bars are so much more expensive. I am going to be melting the chocolate, so I'd figure chocolate is chocolate, right? However, I am worried about if when letting the chocolate set, if the results are going to be different or not (texture, shine, smoothness, etc). Thanks!

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marked as duplicate by Aaronut Jun 15 '11 at 22:29

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What do you mean by chocolate baking bars? Proper stuff like Valrhona? – ElendilTheTall Jun 15 '11 at 21:15
See the linked question - assuming you buy the same quality of each, they're pretty much the same, but a lot of the cheap chocolate chips may have other ingredients. – Aaronut Jun 15 '11 at 22:30

I would say that if you're melting chocolate, it's fine to substitute chocolate bars - maybe even preferred. Chocolate chips are a much lower quality chocolate than real chocolate bars. (I've read that chocolate chips contain less cocoa butter, so that they hold their shape better in cookies - which also makes them harder to melt.) In general, I've found that when baking with chocolate, the higher the quality of the chocolate, the better the end product.

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