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About Melting Chocolate Wafers
Making your own chocolate candies at home is fun and easy. You simply
melt the wafers and fill molds, use the melted chocolate as a
chocolate fondue to dip fresh fruit, cake, and goodies in, or use it
for dipping foods like pretzels, cookies, and candy.
wafers come in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate.
The colored wafers are white chocolate flavor, and come in many colors
to make working with candy molds fun and creative. Today, fun
embellishments like edible glitter, gold and silver liquid, and
sprinkles can be found to add to your candy making adventures. Some
companies carry other flavored melting wafers like butterscotch and
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There are several different brands of melting chocolates which can be
found on-line, at bakery supply stores, some fabric and crafts stores, and
even some large paper product supply stores. You will have to try the
different ones to find your favorite, since taste is a personal
preference. I have tried several brands throughout the years and I always
go back to Merckens Chocolate Melting Wafers. To me, they taste the best,
and melt the best. Other cheaper brands that you find at big craft stores
seem to be waxy or greasier, and they do not melt as nice and smoothly. Merckens cost just a tad bit more, but since
I was selling my candies as a business, I wanted the best, so I put out
the little extra money.
You can melt chocolate wafers by
either using a double boiler or microwave. Chocolate can easily burn and
white chocolate burns more easily than dark or milk chocolate. It is not wise
to melt white chocolate in the microwave, it just burns to quickly and
easily. No moisture at all can get into the chocolate when you are melting
it. Not even one little drop. It will ruin all of the chocolate and you
will have to discard it and start all over again. So it is important that
all your pans, bowls, spoons, and molds that you are using are completely
The best way to melt chocolate
is with a double boiler. Water is simmered in the bottom pan, while the
chocolate melts slowly in the upper pan. If you do not have a double
broiler you can melt the chocolate in a heatproof microwavable bowl in
10-12 second intervals stirring it each time in between. Do not microwave
for longer than 10-12 seconds. I have been rushed and burnt many a bowls
by thinking I could save time if I didn't have to stop and stir that bowl
again. Trust me when I say, "Don't melt white chocolate in the microwave",
and "Don't microwave chocolate longer than 10-12 seconds at a time." The
smell of burnt chocolate from the microwave is nasty. The consistency you
want the melted chocolate to be is as shown in the photo on the right
The very first time
in the microwave you can put the candy in for 20-30 seconds. This is
what the chocolate wafers will look like. Every time after the first
time, it should only be 10-15 seconds at a time with a stir in between
Here is a photo of
the chocolate wafers after three or four 15 second intervals of
microwaving. Once again it is very important to stir in-between each
time microwaving. It may seem unreasonable to stir between each time
in the microwave, but when you stir it, it spreads the most heated
area of the candy around, stopping the candy from burning in spots.
Here is a photo of
the melted chocolate wafers after several trips to the microwave. The
chocolate is ready to be poured into molds, or used for coating at
Candy molds can be
found in stores and on the internet. Molds can be found for just
about any sport, art, activity, or event you are looking for. Most places even
have personalized molds. Once your candies are in the molded shapes
you desire there are several things you can do. You can make your own
gifts, display in a bag with a bow, use for weddings, baby showers, and
birthday parties. People will think you went all out. So have fun!
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packaging your handmade candies.
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