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Topic: Thinning Candy Melts for Dipping Truffles
Jcollazo 10/14/2009 1:09 PM
I like Merckens. They melt so much more smoothly without any lumps. I don't like Wilton melts or make n mold because of the reasons you stated. In the past, with using wilton, I added the shortening or oil until the melts were thin enough for dipping. I hated to do that because the flavor is off. A "greasy" feeling and taste. Merckens can be found at a cake supplier. Plus, the flavor is better than other melts. BTW, to thin out the melts, I read somewhere that for every cup of melts add 2 tablespoons of shortening or oil. I hope this helps you. Good luck
Recoil 10/14/2009 3:55 PM

I did add some shortening, but probably about a teaspoon as I really didn't want it to turn greasy. So I was talking to my mom about it and she told me to try Almond Bark. I've never used it but she said it was great for dipping like that. I'll give it a try and see what I can come up with.
sweetgrandma 10/14/2009 5:16 PM
I had trouble with the candy melts too. I tried mixing candy melts with that stuff you melt and dip strawberries in and it worked better. I think I added a little shortening also.
bunnywoman 10/14/2009 7:36 PM
I added some canola oil to mine and it worked perfectly. Never tried shortening so I can't attest to that one.

Merkens is wonderful!

I have used almond bark too with great success!!! I use that for my molded Oreos. Works like a charm!!
MARIE J 10/15/2009 8:13 AM
Hey bunny - I'm curious - why canola oil ?
bunnywoman 10/15/2009 9:45 AM
Adding oil to chocolate thins it down. I use canola oil in my cake recipes I have it on hand readily. I wouldn't see why vegetable oil wouldn't work. How much to add? Well that depends on the amount of chocolate you have already melted. I added teaspoons at a time, mixed, and then let it drizzle off the spoon. When I felt I got it right then I did my test cookie. (I was doing round snowman cookies last year. I used blue melts for the hats and white melts for the faces.) Once I got the consistency I wanted it worked like a CHARM!!!!

Shortening????? I dunno about that one. That just doesn't appeal to me.
MARIE J 10/15/2009 5:32 PM
caf 10/15/2009 6:54 PM
Where do you find almond bark?
Recoil 10/15/2009 11:25 PM
Thanks for the tips on this. I got some almond bark, and the unopened bag of white candy melts, so this weekend I am going to be trying different stuff and flavors to see what I can come up with.

The shortening didn't appeal to me either, which is why I put in such a small amount. The truffles that I did make were great, but just looked a bit off.

And I got the almond bark at Walmart. It comes in white chocolate and regular chocolate (I think). It just looks like HUGE bars of candy
bunnywoman 10/16/2009 7:22 PM
Right now in my local Super Wal-mart they have in the center aisle all of the cake and candy making for the holidays. The almond bark is right there along with the nuts, flour, pans, cake mixes etc.etc.etc.

I can also find it in both of my local grocery stores. It is relatively cheap too. I melt it in a double boiler for maximum results.
DIBBERS 10/18/2009 9:27 AM
I add paramount crystals to my candy melts.
Do a test after adding a little to get the consistancy you need.
I think candy melts taste alot better than regular chocolate and they hold
up better - they don't melt as easily as chocolate.

I use CK products brand - in reading on the internet it states to use cocoa butter to thin real chocolate -
didn't know that!

Paramount crystals are chips of partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil combined with lecithin and citric acid (as a preservative)... paramount crystals have virtually no flavor (tasteless) ...
deedee4420 10/18/2009 6:10 PM
There is a website that offers different types of candy melts as well as real chocolate. They have the traditional candy melts, dipping and enrobing melts, (which is a thinner consistency), and drizzle chocolate.

I like the ease of using the dipping melts when I need a thinner consistency you do not have to add anything to it.

You can find them at They also have other items for candy making. The candy tastes great also.