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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!

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

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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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