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You can usually purchase either Guittard A'Peels, Merckens compound chocolates, and Paramount Crystals at several places:

Specialty cake supply stores

Online

 

The only craft stores in my area on the West Coast are Michaels and Joann's.  Neither of these craft store chains carry any Merckens or Guittard products; they only carry the Wilton Candy Melts.  Neither Michaels nor Joann's carry Paramount Crystals.

 

If you have access to a wholesale buying license #, you can purchase product directly from CK or other bakery supply warehouses.   Here are examples of online stores that sell the CK brand of Merckens compound chocolates to hobby bakers in smaller quantities.  There are many, many, more sources to purchase these products.

http://www.*******************/67.html

and

https://www.slice-heaven.com/store/show/MER70-2650

 

If you are "new" to chocolates, it is VERY important to know EXACTLY what you are ordering or you may receive real chocolates that contain cocoa butter which require tempering.   Candy melts go by several different names:  Confectionery coating, Rainbow Wafers, Confectionery Coating or Summer Coating.

Spend a few minutes and google this phrase, "difference between real chocolate and compound chocolate".

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Thank you, Very helpful :)

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post #48 of 60

Better cake supply stores have Merckens. You may have to order Guittard.
 

post #49 of 60

Merckens has approximately a 3 month shelf life. You can extend that a bit with either the paramount crystals or crisco.  The taste is  so much better than Wilton.  

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I agree the Wilton melts are incredibly hit and miss to melt to the right consistency. They also in my opinion taste terrible so I'm not keen on making this worse by adding any more fat to it. Can source Merckens easily in uk so might give this a go. Tried green and blacks organic milk cooking chocolate today and found taste very good. Not sure about snap. Also found very little waste with this so not sure it will be much different on price.
post #51 of 60

Merckens has a three month shelf life?  pffth, no way.  I have some way older than that and its fine.  I generally order my chocolate once a year.  I may order 100-120 pounds, but by the end of the year, it's well, a year old.

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post #52 of 60

I've never had a problem with Wilton's Candy melts and they set with a nice shine as well. I tried other brands too but honestly there is not much difference in taste EXCEPT for CK omgosh how horrible. I use Wilton's all the time and they do move fast in the store I shop in because every few weeks they are out of stock. I make Sucker and Pretzel Party Favors and I've had nothing but compliments and Customers to come back and order again and I NEVER add Shortening to them.

post #53 of 60

Thank you for the advice, I have used Wilton a couple of times to practice with. First time was great, second time it clumped up and would not melt properly at all! Very frustrating to have this happen. Will try Guittard and the Mercken now. Really happy to see that Mercken comes in a sugar-free option also.

post #54 of 60
Seriously Leah? I used to work for a confectionery store that always said that. And honestly, I did see a difference in melting after a period of time. Not in taste, just in melting. But thank you for that info
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post #56 of 60

I use Mejer brand candy coating and I love it! I also use Kroger brand as well. Not only does it melt very smooth and super easy to work with, but most importantly it tastes delicious!!!

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post #57 of 60

Well, I should have read all these reviews before using the Wilton's Candy Melts.  They were absolutely horrible to work with.  It was Impossible to get a smooth finish as the consistency remained always thick, no matter what I tried.  It took me much longer than it should have to decorate them.  Will definately be trying out Merckens next!  Thanks for all the helpful information everyone!!

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Where do you purchase these other brands?

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post #59 of 60

Wilton and Merkens brands chocolate are imitation varieties. You'll get much better results using a genuine chocolate with real cocoa butter.

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your never going to get a good chocolate taste out of them, best thing to do is learn how to temper real chocolate and go that route. just have people taste the difference
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Wilton and Merkens brands chocolate are imitation varieties. You'll get much better results using a genuine chocolate with real cocoa butter.

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