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Anyone else having trouble with Candy Melts seizing?

post #1 of 32
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For years I've been using the Wilton Candy Melts for a few years now for the cake balls and never had a problem. I would add a little shortening and it would be great to dunk in. For the past 2 or 3 times it would get to like a thinner frosting stage and then seize up. No water dropped in, everything was dry.....I haven't the faintest idea what it could be. I haven't done anything different.

I'm really confused with this.. icon_eek.gif
post #2 of 32
Is it with the same batch of melts? You may have picked up a bad/old bag of candy.

Do you melt in the microwave or over a double boiler? Maybe your micro is acting up and overheating them.

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post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 
I have the Wilton chocolate melter and I've also microwaved them, I've used a new bag each time. Maybe I should use a double boiler.

I bought the Mercken's chocolate and will try that.

I just don't understand it, for years I've had no problem......
It's not hard, just melt the chocolate, add some shortening and dip. Sheesh....

Thanks for your help.
post #4 of 32
Did you microwave on high perhaps? I think the bag says to microwave on 50% or something like that. Just a thought...
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post #5 of 32
I had that same problem recently. I put mine in the microwave and if it was one second too long, it would seize. I finally decided to use a double broiler.
post #6 of 32
YES!!
I just posted this a few days ago! I had it seize on me for the 1st time after using them for years with no problems!
I wonder what's up?
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post #7 of 32
I used them for the first time the other day for cake balls and followed the directions on the back "heat in microwave for 1 minute at 50% power and in 30 second intervals after that until melted" I didn't have any trouble.
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post #8 of 32
i have found that wilton melting pot burns the choc if i use the melt setting. i only use the warm setting....HTH

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post #9 of 32
I had similar problems with the Wilton candy melts. I thought they might have been old or had gotten some moisture in them. I bought a new bag and they melted fine.
post #10 of 32
Yes, been using them for years and here recently they just seize up. don't know what's going on. I've resorte to using a double boiler which takes longer but i have success. unfortunately, i can't use the microwave anymore. I hate that
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post #11 of 32
I've had the same problem the last two time I used them too. The first time I melted in the microwave and the second in a double boiler. Both time the melts seized on me. Melting in the double boiler they were fine for the first few balls but then it started to thicken and I had to keep reheating for a few seconds after every two or three balls. It to me forever to cover those cake balls.
post #12 of 32
I had the same thing happen a few weeks ago. I had not had this problem with Wilton melts before. It happened with 3 bags of different colors. I bought some CK melts. Hopefully they will not give me any problems.
post #13 of 32
I wonder if Wilton changed their formulation. It's been a few months since I've used them. Welcome to CC csorrell71
post #14 of 32
Have they changed the formula to transfat free?
Crisco needs to be handled differently since they changed it, maybe the same happened with the Melts?
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post #15 of 32
Moisture is not the only reason that candy melts sieze. You are probably overheating them. This is more common with the white melts than the milk or dark, but it will happen with all of them.

They can sometimes be saved by adding some paramount crystals or shortening.

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