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Old 07-15-2012, 06:52 AM   #1
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Melting Candy Melts

I tried to melt some candy melts today so I could coat my "Cake Pops" and it just would not melt

I put it in a clean plastic bowl, in the mircowave, on low for one minute, and then 30 second burst, but it just never really melted and then went chalky and a hard consistency.

My only thought is maybe the chocolate is too old... it's still in date, but I've had the chocolate for over a year? Maybe this is why it's not working?

Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

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Old 07-16-2012, 10:45 AM   #2
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I find it easier to melt the old fashioned way, on the stove.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:46 PM   #3
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I was thinking the same thing. It might melt better in a double boiler. Or put it in a stainless steel bowl and set the bowl in a larger bowl or pan with hot water in it.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:47 PM   #4
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I find the double boiler system to work the best. Either a bowl over a pan of simmering hot water or in a double boiler pan. I prefer the glass bowl over water. I have never had good luck with putting it in the micro. It doesn't melt evenly. And I never use a plastic bowl.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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Are candy melts another word for chocolate chips?
I usually melt the chips with some butter and I think the hot butter helps smooth it out IMO
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:44 PM   #6
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These are candy melts. Used in making candy. Different colors and flavors for dipping.


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Old 07-16-2012, 09:34 PM   #7
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I've read on different websites that as they get older they just don't melt well, that could be the case here. They should melt in the microwave just fine, I don't think that a double boiler would make them melt if they won't in the microwave.

I use a brand called Mercken's and they are quite good, I don't make cake pops with them, but use them to dip cookies and such when I don't feel like tempering real chocolate, they have a very nice flavor, not at all waxy. They melt perfectly in the microwave.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:28 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. I definitely think they were too old. I went out and bought a fresh packet and this time did it on the stove and they melted within seconds!! I'm so excited.

Here is my first attempt :)



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Old 07-19-2012, 11:07 AM   #9
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gorgeous! glad it worked for you.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:12 PM   #10
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Thanks! I'm going to make a heap of cake pops on the weekend and colour them green and gold to support Australia with the Olympics starting soon :)
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