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How to Melt Merckens Confectionery Coatings

How to Melt Merckens Confectionery Coatings

How to Melt Merckens Confectionery Coatings

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Merckens Confectionery Coatings are an easy to use candy melt that does not require tempering (like real chocolate requires), so you can easily melt it in the microwave and begin candy molding and dipping right away. It's easy for anyone to do, and Merckens candy coatings taste delicious! 

Important Tip: Don't get confused with the different names! Candy coatings, candy melts, confectionery coatings, and compound coating wafers all mean the same thing. These are all terms used to describe this type of chocolate. Candy coatings are not REAL chocolate, as they do not contain cocoa butter but instead palm kern oil. This is why you don't have to temper the coatings like real chocolate, and it's what makes it easy to use. Merckens does a great job at ensuring you don't have to add anything to their candy melts to make them taste great, they taste wonderful all on their own!

To melt Milk or Dark Merckens Candy Melts

  1. Place at least 1/2 pound of Merckens candy coatings into a microwave safe container. (We like to use a two-cup glass measuring cup.
  2. Microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  3. Remove candy melts from microwave and stir. This is an important step. It removes hot spots and prevents the coating wafers from burning.
  4. Return Merckens coatings to microwave and repeat process continue until melted. (Again, remember to remove the coatings from the microwave after each 30-second interval and stir.)
  5. Use as desired.
  6. If chocolate becomes thick while you are working with it, simply return it to the microwave, and microwave it for 10-15 seconds to remelt.

To Melt White Merckens Candy Melts

  1. Place at least 1/2 pound of Merckens coatings into a microwave safe container. (We like to use a two-cup glass measuring cup.
  2. Microwave for coatings for 20 seconds.
  3. Remove coatings from microwave and stir. This is an important step. It removes hot spots and prevents the coatings from burning.
  4. Return coatings to microwave and repeat process continue until melted. (Again, remember to remove the coatings from the microwave after each 20-second interval and stir.)
  5. Use as desired.
  6. If chocolate becomes thick while you are working with it, simply return it to the microwave, and microwave it for 10-15 seconds to remelt.

To melt Colored Merckens Candy Melts

  1. Follow directions above for melting milk or dark coatings.
  2. Once coatings have melted, the consistency might seem thick. (This happens more often with dark colors, like red, dark green and dark blue.) If your melted coatings seem thick, add 1/2 teaspoon of paramount crystals to each 1/2 pound of coatings. Stir. If coatings are still thick, add more paramount crystals until coatings reach desired consistency.

Tips for working with Candy Melts:

  1. Keep confectioney coatings away from water. Water will cause coatings to seize.
  2. Store candy melts in a cool, dry location. Confectionery coatings and chocolates will absorb odors. So, don’t store your chocolate next to your onions, unless you want savory onion chocolates!
  3. Merckens Confectionery Coatings have a shelf-life of three months from time of purchase.
  4. If you would like to thin your candy melts- after melting, add paramount crystals (1 teaspoon to 1 LB of candy coatings should be enough).

Happy Baking and Candy Making!

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