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Merckens Candy Melts are imported from the USA. They are a compound chocolate candy used in many forms of decorating including candy making, cake decorating and cake pops!
With cake pop craze going mad, we have a lot of enquiries regarding how to melt candy melts successfully.
Unlike compound chocolate , you do need to be careful when melting candy melts. You can easily OVER COOK them by zapping too long in the microwave or letting the water boil with them in a double boiler. They MUST NOT BE OVERHEATED. Overheating them will cause them to clug or basically cook into a pulp.We recommend reading our hints and tips on melting candy melts to ensure you get perfect results everytime!
What Are Candy Melts?
Melts are also known as confectionery coating. They are convenient wafers made of sugar, milk solids, vegetable oils, flavorings and colors. The Light Cocoa, Dark Cocoa and Dark Cocoa Mint-flavored Candy Melts also contain cocoa powder. Candy Melts taste delicious, but donâ€™t require the careful melting procedures of chocolate.
Before you begin, make sure all of your utensils are dry. Water causes melted coatings to harden and streak. Melted Candy Melts are ready for molding when the texture resembles cooked pudding. For all methods, do not overheat by melting on too high a setting or for too long. Coating loses its proper consistency if overheated or if liquids are added. If coating becomes too thick, add 2 teaspoons of hydrogenated solid vegetable shortening per 14 oz. of Candy Melts
Microwave Oven: Bowl
A quick and easy way to melt candy in a microwave-safe bowl, spouted measuring cups, Melting Bottles or Disposable Decorating Bags.
If youâ€™re using a bowl or measuring cup, microwave 1 package Candy Melts at 40% power or defrost setting for 1 minute. Stir thoroughly. Continue to microwave and stir at 30-second intervals until smooth and completely melted. ALWAYS TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE POWER OF YOUR MICROWAVE. THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT!
Fill lower pan with water to below level of top pan. Heat water to a simmer, then remove from heat. Put Candy Melts in the top pan and set in position on lower pan. Stir constantly, without beating, until smooth and completely melted.
We hope this helps some of you the newbies to candy melt and cake