How to Use Candy Melts Candy

How to Use Candy Melts Candy

– Hi, I’m Desiree from Wilton. One of my very first decorating projects when I first started working here involved Candy Melts candy. They’re one of my favorite
decorating mediums because you can do so many different things with them. You can pipe with it, mold candy, make ganache, candy clay, the list goes on and on. We do gt a lot of questions from you guys about Candy Melts, so today, I’m going to review some of the most frequently asked questions. All right, so first up,
what is the difference between Candy Melts and chocolate? We get this question a lot. Some of our Candy Melts flavors, such as the light cocoa, dark cocoa and dark cocoa mint flavors do have real cocoa powder in them, and they act a lot like chocolate. However, Candy Melts don’t require the tempering that real chocolate does. You may be wondering, what is tempering? When you melt chocolate, you have to melt it at very specific
temperatures, because you want the chocolate to
set up hard and shiny and have a nice crack
when you bite into it. With Candy Melts, you don’t have to worry about any of that stuff. All you have to do is melt it, and they’ll automatically set to a smooth and hard finish. Another question we get a lot is what do Candy Melts taste like? As I just mentioned, some of them contain cocoa powder for more of a chocolate-like flavor. The various color ones you see, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, the list goes on and on, those have a vanilla flavor. Finally, we have some limited-edition flavors that change out every season, so in the fall you might find something like caramel apple. During winter, you can find
sugar cookie or candy cane. These are only around for a few months, so make sure you grab them while you can. They may change from year-to-year, too, so you may not see a repeat flavor again. I always look forward to seeing what new flavors we’re going to have. How do you melt Candy Melts? There’s a few different
ways you can do it. First, you can melt them
down in the microwave in one of our disposable decorating bags. Just fill your bag half full, put it in the microwave at half power, and microwave for one minute. Check the bag and gently squeeze the melts to distribute the heat evenly throughout the bag. Then return the bag to the microwave and repeat this process in 30 second intervals until the Candy
Melts are fully melted. Some people prefer to use a double-boiler method. This consists of placing a bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water. The bowl should be glass or metal, and the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water underneath. The bowl should fit snuggly on top of the saucepan so that the steam from the simmering water stays underneath the bowl rather than escaping from the sides of the pan. Too much steam mixing into the melts can cause seizing, which I’ll talk about a little later. Finally, we have the
Candy Melts melting pot, and this one is my personal favorite. I honestly use it all of the time. There’s two different
heat settings on here. One is for melting, and then we have a slightly cooler setting to keep the melts fluid and at even temperature. Now, there’s a few different reasons I love this melting pot. For one, it’s really easy to see once my melts are completely melted. Plus, I don’t have to keep reheating it over and over once I’ve started. Finally, the cleanup is super easy, which is something I’m all about. When you’re done, just let the candy harden in the melting pot, and then pop it out of the silicone pot. You can save that candy in an air-tight container and use it again and again for other projects. Many of you have asked if you can reuse Candy Melts, and the answer is yes. You can melt them down
over and over again, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve already opened a package of Candy Melts or not, they’re still good for 24 months. Just keep them in a cool dry place, or if you already have
opened the packaging, store them in an air-tight container so that they stay fresh. Many of you have also asked a lot of dietary questions when it comes to Candy Melts. Are Candy Melts halal? Are they gluten free? Are they dairy free? Halal, no, they are not. Gluten free? Yes. And our flavorings and colorings are also gluten free. Dairy free? No. Sorry, there is some milk in there. Where can you get Candy Melts? Candy Melts can be purchased from, or you can find them at major retailers,
such as Michael’s, JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and Walmart. Other local grocery stores may also carry them, so check your local store in the craft aisle
to see if they have them. Another question we’ve received is why did my Candy Melts turn into a mud? They were silky at first, but now they’ve changed texture. If your Candy Melts are looking thick and clumpy like this, ugh, in my experience, you may have overheated them. Maybe this was on the heating setting the whole time instead of just the warm setting, or maybe they got microwaved at full power. To correct this, you’re going to take a little bit of EZThin, just grab a few flakes at a time, and drop this into your Candy Melts. Give it a good stir till they’re nice and dissolved, and it’s going to help thin out the candy to the consistency that you want. Another question we get is, how do I get my Candy Melts the right consistency for piping? If you find that your candy is too thick, and it’s not coming out
of the decorating bag, this is another instance where EZThin comes in handy. Just add a few flakes at a time until you get the consistency
you’re looking for. On the opposite end of that, if you find that your candy is too thin, then you need to let it sit for maybe another five minutes or so. Let it sit a little bit
longer so that that candy firms up and is the right
consistency you’re looking for. This is something I actually used for my mom’s birthday. I made her a cake, and since her birthday is in October, she wanted something that is fall themed,
’cause she loves fall. I went online, and I found
a template of leaves, and you can use any template you want, any shape, any design, and then just slide that under a sheet of parchment paper. You can pipe directly on this, and let the candy harden, and then pop them off. Help! I dropped some water in my Candy Melts. Is there any way I can fix it? Well, it depends how much water was added. Candy Melts, like chocolate, seize up when they come in contact with water, so you do need to keep
them as dry as possible. However, if there has been some water that’s come in contact with your melts, you can try to resolve the problem by adding a bit of EZThin
or vegetable shortening. Add a little bit, and stir until completely dissolved,
and see if that restores the candy to the
consistency that you need. Also, if you are looking to color or flavor your Candy Melts, opt for fat-based extracts over water-based extracts because those are also going to cause your candy to seize up. I hope this video was helpful for many of your Candy Melts questions, but of course, if you have more questions, go ahead and leave them
in the comments below. I’d love to hear them and help you out. If you’ve made an awesome project using Candy Melts, I
want to see that, too. Share it on Instagram, and use the hashtag WiltonCakes. I’m Desiree. See you next time. (gentle upbeat music)

100 thoughts on “How to Use Candy Melts Candy

  1. I'm not sure why my chocolate is melting after I use it to cover some caramel. You mentioned it didn't need to be tempered but when I temper my other chocolate, it is harder and doesn't melt. It stays firm. Is there a reason my wilton candy melts are not staying firm? Making sail boats for a cake. Thank you

  2. Desiree, you are a pleasure to watch and listen to! You got right to the point and covered so much info! I have so little patience for videos which are underprepared, and then overexplanatory. #js

  3. this may have been answered but can someone pls verify if the candy melts contain pig or pig by products e.g. lard, enzyme…thanks

  4. need to have chocolate flavored white candy melts that can be colored or chocolate flavored already colored candy melts

  5. how do you say it's not halal ? what is in it that makes it not halal ???? ……. 😑I was planning to buy them 😞

  6. Hi, I have read your comments answering whether candy melts are halal and I was wondering is it cow milk that is used and also what do you mean by halal animal?
    Thank you

  7. I live on the Isle of man, can I get them here, and can we replace candy melts with anything else if you can't get any?

  8. By mistake I added Wilton color right colours to the candy melt. Since they are not oil based how go I correct this

  9. I overheated my melts! I added milk and vegetables oil, but that didn't end up helping. The candy had a nicer consistency, but the candy wouldn't re-hardened correctly. Can you help me?

  10. Hi Wilton, If I use candy melts to make a drip cake – will the candy melt drips crack when the cake is cut, or does it slice?

  11. Hi can you tell me the best way to cover a wine bottle shape made out of rice crisps with black candy melts please

  12. I was about to skip the video until I heard her say halal! Awww but it's not halal. Thanks for letting us know though.

  13. What if you dont have ezi thin is there an alternative to thinning the chocolate please? We dont have that here in Perth WA. Thank you

  14. can you use candy melts as filling when you making homemade chocolates and can you adding flavouring to them when you melt them

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  16. I never knew what I was going to get with these Wilton candy melts. They are always so difficult to melt even if you followed the instructions. Now I use Merkens chocolate or Guittard and I’m never going back to candy melts.

  17. Hi can i keep it in the fridge after melting it? Im thinking of making an alphabet wording on a brownies. Or will it melt if i let it at room temperature for 1 day?

  18. OMG I was planning on decorating a Birthday cake with this, but i just found out this has pork ingredients in it, and that never crossed my mind before unfortunately I can't use it because I'm Muslim, im soooooooo disappointed right now I was planning on making this cake for month 😢😢😢

  19. I have a question…can you use candy melts to paint fondant shapes you've cut out? I've looked online and can't find anything on that. Please help!! Thanks.

  20. Can you drop candy melts on a white chocolate ganache cake? I had a hard time with dripping white chocolate ganache over the white chocolate ganache cake. It was right consistency but it left a “tunnel” trail and all the drip clumped up on the way down 😱. Even at the right temp it melted the ganache on cake. Any suggestions with the candy melts??

  21. I make some figures with candy melts. but once i kept out from the fridge it all got melt how will i keep it hard?

  22. If you don't have access to Ez thin (not readily available everywhere) Crisco can be used to thin candy melts and works the same.

  23. I'm having issues with melting all my candy melts. I did the 30 mins in microwave, stir, put back in, stir ect. After it harden it had fat bloom on it. Please help!

  24. I have a question, I checked the ingredients for pork/gelatine, it did not say there was, so I was wondering in what way is it not halal? Please answer if u see this.

  25. The tips in this tutorial were very helpful! Question? How can you tell fat base flavorings from water base flavorings does it say on the packaging?

  26. False info. Not to be rude, but candy melts are halal for some people and not halal for others. Depends on the guidelines people stand by

  27. I was testing candy melt for the first time, and I tried for 30sec, then again and was superrrrr hard! Straight to the bin 🙁

  28. I been reading a lot lately in social media, since i belong to so many baking groups in FB that candy melts suck, that #Wilton changed the recipe, because candy doesn't go on smoothly Like it did before. What do you think about that? I have used it my self and it's not greatest … No I don't think so

  29. Is that double sided melting pot sold separately or would i have to buy a new melting pot. I have the one thats a full bowl.. I don't want have to buy another melting pot just to have a different color candy being melted.

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