How To Make Candy Melts Smooth

How To Make Candy Melts Smooth

Candy melts are great for dipping apples, cake pops, and other tasty treats. However, sometimes they end up being lumpy, which is not a desirable look. Knowing how to make candy melts smooth will give you a beautiful finished product.

Candy melts come in all sorts of colors and even flavors. They are a fun way to make any celebration more festive. Though they are simple to use, it is not uncommon for them to thicken up while dipping and become difficult to work with.

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What Causes Candy Melts to Thicken?

When melted candy melts thicken, they become hard to work and will often leave an unsmooth, lumpy texture on your dipped snacks and desserts. This not only annoying to work with, but will create a finished product that looks messy. There are several reasons candy melts can thicken up.

Cold temperatures can lead to candy melts becoming thick. A cold work surface and even a cold room cause the melts to thicken up and then set. To prevent this from happening, keep the melts on low heat on the stove or on a melting pot.

What Causes Candy Melts to Thicken

Humidity can also cause the melts to become thick. Moisture in the air can cause the melts to seize up, making them difficult to use. Though this can be hard to avoid, try to avoid working with candy melts in a humid environment.

Be sure that the candy melts you have are still good before using them. If they are past the expiration date or have been exposed to fluctuating temperatures, they typically will not be smooth when melted.

How to Make Candy Melts Smooth

Ingredients

  • One bag of candy melts
  • 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening or oil melts (such as EZ Melts or Paramount Crystals)

Equipment

  • Small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet

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Step by Step Instructions

Step One: Melt Your Candy Melts

In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt your candy melts, stirring occasionally. You can also melt them in a microwave-safe bowl, microwaving in 3o second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted.

Step Two: Add the Thining Agent

Add in the vegetable shortening or oil flakes to your candy melts.  Start by adding one teaspoon in and then thoroughly mix it together. If the candy melts are still not thin enough, add in another teaspoon of the thinning agent and stir until combined. This will make your candy melts smooth and easy to work with.

Step Three: Dip Your Snacks

Dip your snacks into the candy melts. Carefully dip them into the melts and swirl them to make sure they are fully coated. Gently tap them on the side of the bowl to remove any excess candy.

You may need to microwave your melts again if they start to harden or keep them in a saucepan on low heat. In addition, you can keep the candy melts in a melting pot. Place your candy-covered snacks onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper */and allow them to fully dry before eating.

Tips and Tricks

If you have leftover candy melts after dipping your snacks, simply cover the bowl with plastic wrap or pour them into a Tupperware container. Once you are ready to use them again, reheat them on the stove or in the microwave.

Adding oil flakes or vegetable shortening to your candy melts will not affect the color or flavor of your candy melts. They will only change the consistency from thick and lumpy to smooth. So, you don’t have to worry about the thinning agents messing up the color or taste of your candy melts.

Tips and Tricks to Make Candy Melts Smooth

Be certain to use caution when working with candy melts, as they will be hot. You can use a fork or lollipop sticks to dip your snacks or desserts into the candy melts. Apples, cake pops, oreo balls, rice crispy treats, marshmallows, or pretzels all taste amazing dipped in candy melts.

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How To Make Candy Melts Smooth

Candy melts are great for dipping apples, cake pops, and other tasty treats. However, sometimes they end up being lumpy, which is not a desirable look. Knowing how to make candy melts smooth will give you a beautiful finished product.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How To Make Candy Melts Smooth
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

  • Small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet

Ingredients
  

  • One bag of candy melts
  • 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening or oil melts such as EZ Melts or Paramount Crystals

Instructions

  • Melt Your Candy Melts - In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt your candy melts, stirring occasionally. You can also melt them in a microwave-safe bowl, microwaving in 3o second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted.
  • Add the Thining Agent - Add in the vegetable shortening or oil flakes to your candy melts. Start by adding one teaspoon in and then thoroughly mix it together. If the candy melts are still not thin enough, add in another teaspoon of the thinning agent and stir until combined. This will make your candy melts smooth and easy to work with.
  • Dip Your Snacks - Dip your snacks into the candy melts. Carefully dip them into the melts and swirl them to make sure they are fully coated. Gently tap them on the side of the bowl to remove any excess candy.
  • You may need to microwave your melts again if they start to harden or keep them in a saucepan on low heat. In addition, you can keep the candy melts in a melting pot. Place your candy-covered snacks onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper */and allow them to fully dry before eating.

Notes

If you have leftover candy melts after dipping your snacks, simply cover the bowl with plastic wrap or pour them into a Tupperware container. Once you are ready to use them again, reheat them on the stove or in the microwave.
Adding oil flakes or vegetable shortening to your candy melts will not affect the color or flavor of your candy melts. They will only change the consistency from thick and lumpy to smooth. So, you don’t have to worry about the thinning agents messing up the color or taste of your candy melts.
Be certain to use caution when working with candy melts, as they will be hot. You can use a fork or lollipop sticks to dip your snacks or desserts into the candy melts. Apples, cake pops, oreo balls, rice crispy treats, marshmallows, or pretzels all taste amazing dipped in candy melts.
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Smooth and Delicious Candy Melts for Dipping Treats

Dealing with thick, lumpy candy melts when dipping your favorite treats is annoying. Not only does it make it harder to work with, but it leaves your dipped desserts with an unsmooth surface. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this from happening.

Adding shortening or oil flakes to candy melts gives them a smooth consistency that is great for dipping all sorts of snacks. The smooth finish looks professional, which is great for parties and celebrations.

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