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Topic: Temper Candy Melts
infinitygirl 09/01/2009 3:35 PM
I am new to this whole Chocolate thing and I was wondering do these Melts have to be tempered?
farmerswife 09/01/2009 4:33 PM
Hi infinitygirl!! No need to temper. I melt in the microwave on a defrost setting (so there is less of a chance to scorch) Stir every 30 seconds until melted. Then dip or pour away!!!! Happy candies
infinitygirl 09/01/2009 5:21 PM
Cool thanks for the info -- I was just doing some research and kept coming up with this temper thing and I was getting a bit worried -- LOL But so glad to hear that can be left out. So I should just becareful not to make the chocolate to hot right?
coloradogirl 09/01/2009 5:25 PM
Some chocolates have to be tempered but candy melts are not chocolate. You can get the cocoa flavor/color but it isn't the same as chocolate. Course that doesn't mean they don't taste good.
LavenderLily16 09/01/2009 6:40 PM
You only need to temper *real* chocolate, as in, made with cocoa butter. Candy Melts, and other "confectionery coatings" exist so that you don't have to temper.
FTR, if you're using real chocolate and starting with it already tempered, if you *just barely* melt it - heat in the microwave until it's mostly melted, and then stir to let the residual heat melt the rest of it - then it won't have lost it's temper (hehehe) and you don't have to re-temper.
infinitygirl 09/01/2009 7:57 PM
I really appreciate the feedback -- Thanks so much for the info. I did stumble upon this forum and I really think I will be spending a lot of time here.
binkbink 09/01/2009 7:58 PM
This forum is addictive! Just like cake decorating!