Post # 1
I am trying to make chocolate dipped pretzels, marshmellows, and candy canes for our favors. Well I bought some of those Wiltons Candy Melts yesterday for a trial run and they failed miserably. I tried melting them in the microave following the directions and the chocolate went from the melts to icky with no in between.
Does anyone have suggetions for a different type of chocolate to use? Or any tips on how to get it to melt better?
Thanks so much for your help!
Post # 3
Are you stirring frequently? You have to stir chocolate often when it’s microwave melting (1x per minute, I would recommend).
You could also try a double boiler, but you’ll need to stir often there too. It’ll stay melted longer if you use a double boiler. Also, if you want it to stay a little softer (warning: it will not 100% harden again afterwards!) you can always add a splash of sweetened condensed milk. 🙂 Makes it fudgy!
Also, you should be able to use regular old chocolate chips and just add a bit of parafin wax (for the shiny coating) if you don’t want to spend the money on the “melts”.
Post # 4
I melt my chocolate on the stove top.
Post # 5
The key is to not get water in it.
If you’re microwaving it, don’t cover the bowl.
I always used a double boiler though. you can make your own double boiler. Just get 2 small pots (one needs to be bigger than the other) put water in one of the pots (about 1/3 of the way full) and boil it. then you put the small pot inside the pot with the boiling water. I use to have this little metal block that I put into the pot with the water…it elevated the smaller pot and gave it a little “table” to sit on. Then you put the chocolate in the small pot and stir it up until it’s ready. Never cover the pot, it will cause condensation and water will seep into the chocolate and ruin it.
Post # 6
If you microwave them, stir every 30 seconds and as it melts, stir every 10-15 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For best results, use a double boiler. I’ve been selling these treats on etsy, and that’s the best way to melt chocolate!
Also, using the wiltons will get pretty expensive. Search for a candy/cake supply store near you. They will probably have the chocolate in bulk. They should also have really gooooood deals on bags to package in!
Post # 7
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the replies! We tried the double boiler thing and it did not work either so my fiancee is getting me an electric melting pot from Wiltons that we found online. Hopefully this will work! Otherwise I have no idea what I will do for favors.
Do you know about how many pretzels rods one bag of Wiltons (14 oz) will cover? Not dipped all the way about 3/4 of the way up.
Post # 8
If you have a Sam’s or Costco near you, trying finding the Ghirardelli’s chocolate…it works VERY well and you will get very far on one huge bar.
As a pp said, if you’re microwaving you must stir every 10-15 seconds. Once it gets soft enough but has not broken down all the way you can just stir the chocolate until it melts.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 9
i would go stove top or microwave but you have to be very careful and do not let it out of your sight and constantly stir it up…my suggestion…backing chocolate chips..tollhouse. very easy to melt down plus they taste much better than those dipping chocolates
Post # 10
I always do a double-boiler and watch it like a hawk. I have used chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s with a smidge of butter and the chocolate has melted wonderfully!
Post # 11
I melt chocolate all the time for cakes and chocolate dipped fruits.
I use the double boiler method (just make my own with a larger pot and smaller pot).
Def do not get water in it, I add a little shortening for the shine.
I just use regular old Baker’s Chocolate Squares. Works every time.
Post # 12
Also make sure you aren’t microwaving at 100% power