Wilton’s Candy (non-melting) Melts

12 Aug

After I bought the cake pop machine I went out and spent a pile of money I didn’t really have on a pile of crap I didn’t really need… candy melts, cake pop sticks and cellophane bags. With Christmas in mind, I got white, red and green melts.

Went home and made the first batch of pops. All good. It was fast and easy. Put the white melts in a mug (for easy dipping) and whacked them in the microwave for 30 seconds on half power – they softened a little. Stirred. Back in for 30 seconds on full power. Stirred. Still hard, dry clumps. Kept at it until the mug got so hot I was too scared to heat it any longer, but it had thinned enough that I could spread it on with a palette knife.

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I then tried using a stainless steel dish over a simmering pot of water. It did nothing. Possibly got worse. At this point I just threw it out. Still had 12 pops in the freezer but was so over it I couldn’t be bothered with them.

A week later, I went out and bought a glass jug, in case that made a difference. Tried that out and it certainly did… nothing, that is. This time it was worse – they just turned to a big, dry clump when I tried to stir them.

I’d also bought a couple of bags of Nestlé choc bits and melts to try out. I threw a few choc bits in with the Wilton melts, and they (the choc bits) melted as soon as I stirred them through. (I have no pics for this – it looked so shit I didn’t bother…).

Then I tried the Nestlé melts by themselves in the glass jug. Worked like a fucking charm. Covered the other 12 pops in about five minutes, as opposed to the hour I’d spent trying to do the other 12 with the Wilton ones.

I’ve read that old melts can stuff up. Considering they’ve been imported to Australia, them being old is possible, but still not acceptable – they cost $8.95 a bag.

I still have the red and green ones. If they don’t work, I’m going to take them back.

So yeah. Kind of a shitty introduction to cake pops. Thanks, Wilton.

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2 Responses to “Wilton’s Candy (non-melting) Melts”

  1. elisebakes December 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I always get sucked into buying all kinds of cake decorating accessories I don’t needwhen I walk through the baking aisle. It’s hard to say not having been here, but it sounds like they may have over melted and “burned.” Once they begin to soften and melt, you should stir thoroughly and melt for 10 seconds or so at a time. It’s really easy to overcook, which is what causes the thickening and then clumping. If it seems like it is coating too thick when they are melted, you can add a bit of shortening to thin it out. But it’s of course possible that there was something wrong with the melts and that caused the problem! Good luck with the other bags!

    • mrsmonts December 11, 2012 at 1:31 am #

      Yep, I did think the same thing. But then when I tried again a week later, I was super careful about keeping the time down, and it still turned pear-shaped after the first thirty second hit. I suppose when I try the other bags I’ll find out whether this bag was a bad batch, or just me sucking!

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