Cover cookie sheets with waxed paper.
Place one cup of chocolate chips or candy melts in heat-proof measuring cup. A smaller, deeper cup gives best results.
Microwave chocolate chips or candy melts at 50% power for 1 minute. Remove cup and stir. Continue microwaving at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is melted and smooth. DO NOT over-heat chocolate.
To thin chocolate, add 1 teaspoon solid shortening per cup of chocolate chips. Stir gently.
Dip plastic spoons in melted chocolate to cover the bowl of the spoon.
Remove excess chocolate by tapping tip gently against the side of the measuring cup.
If chocolate thickens, return to the microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power, stir gently.
Repeat with second cup of chocolate chips or candy melts.
Cool thoroughly before wrapping individually.