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Topic Title: candy melts, chocolate squares or chips?
Created On Sunday February 21, 2010 9:49 AM
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Joules
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Posted: Sunday February 21, 2010 9:49 AM
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What is the difference between the candy melts as to chocolate squares or chips? Wanting to make the candy clay and don't have any of the candy melts, just wondering if the squares or chips will do?
 
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MARIE J
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Posted: Sunday February 21, 2010 10:21 AM

Candy melts are specifically designed for all kinds of candy projects

Chocolate squares - the bark, or candy bars ?
Bark is the same as candy melts & may work OK for candy clay. Candy bars would not

Chocolate chips - These are specifically designed for when you're baking and not sure how they would work for candy clay, although I've never tried them ...

If you melt the chocolate and mix with the corn syrup for candy clay, I can't imagine that any of them, except for candy bars, wouldn't work - just some would work better than others !!
 
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bassettscreek
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Posted: Sunday February 21, 2010 10:27 AM
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Candy melts are a coating .... chocolate baking squares are chocolate. With the exception of Unsweetened chocolate baking squares which contain chocolate and milk solids, the other baking squares contain chocolate and cocoa butter.

Dark Chocolate candy melts contain some cocoa powder and aratificial flavor; colored do not contain any cocoa powder and are artifiically flavored.

Each has their purpose. If you need real chocolate, use either cocoa powder or baking squares.

For the most part, chocolate chips contain real chocolate and cocoa butter. It you need real chocolate, read the label and look for chocolate and cocoa butter in the ingredients.

With chocolate and butter I stick with the name brands and never use a store or off-brand product. Recently, tried a new powdered chocolate made by Clabber girl ... Called Caribbean Cocoa ... 100% Cocoa Powder .... the powder is not as dark as hershey's and the powder seems to be finer intexture.

After trying this in my Devil's Food Cakes, it has become my #1 brand for cakes; Hershey's for making candy as it produces a darker fudge. For icing, I use baking squares.

Hope this helps. ^_^ DeLores

Have only made one batch of candy clay and used candy melts .... however, it is worth a try with the baking squares or chips ..... would make sure they contain cocoa butter. After it dries, the modeling chocolate might be harder than with candy melts ... but room temp and the temperature from you hands should soften it up so you can work with it. Am thinking making it with baking squares or chips might produce a better product for molding figures. The candy clay I made with candy melts softens quickly when working with it. Have to keep putting my flowers in the fridge ... this is a pain.

God luck ^_^

 
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