This ganache recipe is a marvel of simplicity and versatility. Whether you’re looking to add an elegant drip to your cakes, a rich filling for your pastries, or a fancy drizzle over desserts, this ganache does it all. The best part? It works beautifully with any type of chocolate chip.

It’s incredibly easy to make and never fails to add that perfect touch of chocolatey elegance to my desserts. Whether I’m making a batch for a quick drizzle or a decadent filling, this ganache always impresses.

ganache in a glass bowl

The Chemistry of Ganache

Ganache is a classic emulsion where the fats from the chocolate and butter blend harmoniously with the liquid from the milk. When heated and mixed, these ingredients form a smooth, glossy mixture. The coca butter in the chocolate chips melts, coating the milk’s water molecules. As it cools, it thickens into a rich, creamy texture, showcasing the fascinating science of emulsification in cooking.

Can you use different types of chocolate for ganache?

Yes, this recipe is versatile and works well with various chocolate types – dark, milk, or white, allowing you to customize the flavor and richness.

How do you get the perfect consistency for ganache?

The key to the perfect consistency is careful heating and thorough mixing. Avoid overheating, and stir well to achieve a smooth, velvety texture.

Start by using a glass bowl in the microwave. Glass retains some of the microwaves heat so it will help in not overcooking your chocolate. Cook for 30 seconds, and then take out and stir vigorously. While you stir, you are breaking up hot pockets within the mixture and continuing to melt the chocolate. After you have stirred, decided if it needs 1 more time in the microwave. Typically it only takes 2 heating cycles to melt.

Can ganache be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! It can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Just gently reheat it to achieve the desired consistency when needed.

Is ganache suitable for people with lactose intolerance?

While this recipe uses whole milk, you can substitute lactose-free milk or a non-dairy alternative for a lactose-intolerant-friendly version.

What is in ganache?

Chocolate chips

The primary flavor agent, providing the rich chocolate taste. You can choose from dark, milk or white chocolate.

Unsalted butter

Adds creaminess and smooth texture, enhancing the chocolate’s richness.

Whole milk

Contributes to the consistency and helps balance the chocolate and butter’s richness.

How to store ganache

Store the ganache in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Gently reheat before using.

Can you freeze ganache?

Yep! Store it in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before using. Because of this, ganache is ideal for making ahead. You can reheat it when you are ready to use it.

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Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
This ganache works as a drip, filling or drizzle. It also works with any type of chocolate chip.


  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp whole milk


  • Place chocolate chips & butter in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir thoroughly. Repeat
  • After stirring, if chocolate isn't fully melted repeat a third time, but be sure to not over melt. Often times the chocolate will continue to melt while stirring without additional heat.
  • Whisk in whole milk until smooth


Calories: 1119kcal Carbohydrates: 117g Protein: 1g Fat: 75g Saturated Fat: 47g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 64mg Sodium: 14mg Potassium: 566mg Sugar: 104g Vitamin A: 748IU Calcium: 172mg Iron: 0.01mg

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