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How do I cover cake pops in candy melts?

post #1 of 21
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I'm trying to make cake pops for the first time, and am trying to figure out how on earth people get the coating so smooth. My Wilton Candy Melts seem so thick when they're melted, and even when I tap them they're still really thick. What does everyone else do? Is there a trick to these?
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post #2 of 21
It sounds to me that maybe you are not microwaving them (the chocolates) long enough... I have never had that happen. Just a thought.
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post #3 of 21
Yes, try heating until they're warmer, and then if still thick add just a bit of shortening.
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post #4 of 21
If my candy melts are too thick, I add a few teaspoons of paramount crystals to make it thinner.
post #5 of 21
There are some youtube videos on making cake balls....this is one of my favorites:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD0Yypo9sJk
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by WAdora66

If my candy melts are too thick, I add a few teaspoons of paramount crystals to make it thinner.



I've never heard of paramount crystals, but I'm 99% sure we won't have them in the UK. I did add a tiny bit of vegetable oil to the melts which seemed to thin it out a bit, but then the coating cracked once it had been on my cake balls for more than a 1 min. Perhaps they were too frozen...

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post #7 of 21
You can use a tiny amount of solid Crisco in place of paramount crystals.
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post #8 of 21
I add vegetable oil to it, maybe it needed some more? I think the cracking had to do with the balls being too frozen, that would be my guess anyway
post #9 of 21
I had the same problem with wiltons so I skipped it altogether and just use a good quality chocolate chips and melt them very slowly works like a charm. If u heat too much it will also cause it to get thick
post #10 of 21
Yes they will crack if frozen. I learned the hard way. Paramount Crystals are simply flakes of hardened shortening. They look like shaved candle wax. Just add a bit of shortening and you'll be fine.
Another thought...maybe you are over heating the candy melts? If you over heat them they will thicken up.
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post #11 of 21
They are the worst.. i use the melts from AC Moore instead... much better.
post #12 of 21
You have to use a fat that is solid at room temperature like coconut oil or shortening.
post #13 of 21
I have been making smurf cake pops yesterday and first time I have used Wilton melts they are really thick when melted I ended up putting quite a lot of trex in mine to get them so they would coat the cake pop. Just glad I don't have to eat them with all that trex in them. The silverspoon ones that you can get in asda or tesco are really good. I have just bought some chocolate food colouring so I am going to see if thats any good as Merckens are expensive in the UK but do melt much better than Wiltons.
post #14 of 21
This is how I don't want my cake pops to look.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yi30Q_SPqE&feature=related

Yikes, I bought these same Wilton Orange Candy Melts to make cake pops into little pumpkins for my granddaughter's Halloween Birthday party. So if I add a little Crisco will they come out smooth and shiny?
post #15 of 21
I only use Wilton's candy melts. I added a little melted crisco shortening at a time until the mixture runs nicely and doesn't "glob". I love the smooth results. =)
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