How to Melt Candy Compound

Candy compound coatings do not need to be tempered. Use only the best quality! Merckens candy compound are very easy to use and have a delicious flavor. They do not have a waxy taste or texture like cheap artificially flavored coatings. Merckens chocolate-flavored compound coatings substitute cocoa powder and vegetable oil for the chocolate liquor and cocoa butter.

Merckens candy compounds are oil based, so it is important that no water comes in direct contact with them. Any flavors that you add must be oil based, not extracts.

The working temperature for Merckens candy compounds is 90 to 92. If the coating is too thick you may need to add a little lecithin until they become the right consistency. You can purchase liquid lecithin from the VitaminShoppe.

Double Boiler Method:

Heat water in a double boiler, but do not boil. If the water is too hot for your hand, then it is too hot for the chocolate or the candy compound. Put a small amount of Merckens candy compound in the top of the double boiler and stir until melted. Then continue to add more compound until you have as much as you need. Remember, do not allow water to get into the compound.

Microwave Method:

Place 1 pound of Merckens candy coating in a microwaveable bowl. Mircowave for 30 seconds on medium-high and then stir. Continue to microwave at 30 second intervals until all the coating is melted. (Note: the wafers will keep their shape until stirred.)

"There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and chocolate truffles." Author Unknown
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