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Thinning Candy Melts for Dipping...Aarrgghh!

post #1 of 9
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Today was my first time using Wilton candy melts. I wanted the mixture really thin for dipping so I added oil, and more oil, and more oil, etc until I had added at least 3/4 cup or more to one 14 oz bag of melts. I just couldn't get it thin enough until I added that much oil.

I was under the impression that you only needed to add a TBSP at the most, but the melted candy melts were far too thick to dip easily. It seems so gross to add that much oil. Any suggestions or is this typical if you want them thin enough to be able to dip?
post #2 of 9
Were the candy melts old? I've never added oil to Wilton candy melts and things have been dipped without issue.
post #3 of 9
I'm also thinking they were old or they somehow got some moisture in them so they seized up a bit.

I used to own 5 chocolate fountains and ran multiple fountains at weddings all the time. Anywhere from less than a 1/4 to MAYBE a 1/2 cup was all I added (and since I measured by "handfuls" and not "ounces", I probably had a lot more of the disks ... more than 14 oz .,... in the batch than you do).
post #4 of 9
This happened to me, but it was strange because I was using lots of different colours, but it was only the dark green that was giving me trouble and I ended up not using that colour.
After the fact, I read that if you overheat the melts they can get too thick, so maybe that was my problem, or I inadvertently got a drop of water in there or something.
I didn't realise it could have been that they were too old (I had only just bought them but who knows how long they were on the shelf at the store).
post #5 of 9
I always use vegetable shortening with the candy melts and have no problem!
post #6 of 9
How did you melt them? Is it possible they siezed up when you were melting them? I either use the Wilton Chocolate Pro for when I am dipping small amounts of cake bites, candies, etc. or I melt in the microwave 15-30 seconds at a time and stir after each time.
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post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your replies! I don't think they were old, I just bought them last week. I used the Wilton Chocolate Pro and they melted really well. I don't think it seized, once melted it was smooth and creamy, just too thick to dip easily. I wanted it pretty thin for easy dipping and shaking off the excess.

I also melted some in 4 different colors (altogether I purchased at 3 different stores) in the microwave directly in squeeze bottles to used in silicone molds. They all looked the same when I melted them, all colors, the ones in the chocolate pro and the ones in the microwave, so I don't think anything was wrong with them. I added some oil to the squeeze bottles too, but I didn't need those to be so thin for putting in the molds.

I guess melted candy melts are just thick, but I didn't expect to have to add so much oil to get them to a runny consistency for dipping.
post #8 of 9
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Forgot to mention to Indydebi if you're still watching this thread...

Thank you so much for coming to Columbus to speak at our Cake Club Meeting this past Tuesday. It was so much fun! It was great to see you and hear your words of wisdom in person! BTW, I LOVE your icing recipe. I"ve been using it for a couple of months now and it's awesome!
post #9 of 9
I use paramount crystals....works really well!
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