Phyllis52 Posted 31 Oct 2009 , 9:13pm

For years I've been using the Wilton Candy Melts for a few years now for the cake balls and never had a problem. I would add a little shortening and it would be great to dunk in. For the past 2 or 3 times it would get to like a thinner frosting stage and then seize up. No water dropped in, everything was dry.....I haven't the faintest idea what it could be. I haven't done anything different.

I'm really confused with this.. icon_eek.gif

31 replies
DianeLM Posted 31 Oct 2009 , 9:29pm

Is it with the same batch of melts? You may have picked up a bad/old bag of candy.

Do you melt in the microwave or over a double boiler? Maybe your micro is acting up and overheating them.

That's all I got. icon_smile.gif

Phyllis52 Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 12:13pm

I have the Wilton chocolate melter and I've also microwaved them, I've used a new bag each time. Maybe I should use a double boiler.

I bought the Mercken's chocolate and will try that.

I just don't understand it, for years I've had no problem......
It's not hard, just melt the chocolate, add some shortening and dip. Sheesh....

Thanks for your help.

grandmom Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 4:31pm

Did you microwave on high perhaps? I think the bag says to microwave on 50% or something like that. Just a thought...

Melchas Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 4:46pm

I had that same problem recently. I put mine in the microwave and if it was one second too long, it would seize. I finally decided to use a double broiler.

korensmommy Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 4:50pm

YES!!
I just posted this a few days ago! I had it seize on me for the 1st time after using them for years with no problems!
I wonder what's up?

Rachie204 Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 5:02pm

I used them for the first time the other day for cake balls and followed the directions on the back "heat in microwave for 1 minute at 50% power and in 30 second intervals after that until melted" I didn't have any trouble.

sugarshack Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 6:03pm

i have found that wilton melting pot burns the choc if i use the melt setting. i only use the warm setting....HTH

msulli10 Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 6:47pm

I had similar problems with the Wilton candy melts. I thought they might have been old or had gotten some moisture in them. I bought a new bag and they melted fine.

charliecakes Posted 1 Nov 2009 , 8:35pm

Yes, been using them for years and here recently they just seize up. don't know what's going on. I've resorte to using a double boiler which takes longer but i have success. unfortunately, i can't use the microwave anymore. I hate that

sugarflour2 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:49am

I've had the same problem the last two time I used them too. The first time I melted in the microwave and the second in a double boiler. Both time the melts seized on me. Melting in the double boiler they were fine for the first few balls but then it started to thicken and I had to keep reheating for a few seconds after every two or three balls. It to me forever to cover those cake balls.

csorrell71 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:56am

I had the same thing happen a few weeks ago. I had not had this problem with Wilton melts before. It happened with 3 bags of different colors. I bought some CK melts. Hopefully they will not give me any problems.

2SchnauzerLady Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 1:04am

I wonder if Wilton changed their formulation. It's been a few months since I've used them. Welcome to CC csorrell71

7yyrt Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 1:26am

Have they changed the formula to transfat free?
Crisco needs to be handled differently since they changed it, maybe the same happened with the Melts?

playingwithsugar Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 2:14am

Moisture is not the only reason that candy melts sieze. You are probably overheating them. This is more common with the white melts than the milk or dark, but it will happen with all of them.

They can sometimes be saved by adding some paramount crystals or shortening.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

mrsc808 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 2:27am

I thought it was just me! I had trouble with all the Halloween ones I bought. I used the Wilton melter and the double boiler. I gave up on and I was bummed since I really wanted to use the black and spooky green.

Barb1959 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 2:27am

I use the melts from AC MOORE. Don't know if you have that store by you. I have been using the double boiler instead of microwave. Find it works much better, never hardens because I cover the cake balls while the chocolate is sitting over the pot of hot water. I don't have to use any shortening either.

playingwithsugar Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 2:34am

AC Moore carries Make'n Mold brand candy melts.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

tracey1970 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 2:39am

I've done OK with Wilton melts at 30% power on the microwave. I have made the mistake of forgetting to turn down the heat and have had it seize because it burned. I did have a problem with the orange Wilton ones for Hallowe'en. I also use the Merckens wafers, and I find those troublesome. They melt fine, but as I let them sit on the heating pad that I keep my chocolate on while I work, it doesn't want to stay melted like the Wilton melts usually do. Not sure why????

tonedna Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 2:41am

I only had trouble with them when they either are old or I heated for too long.
Edna icon_smile.gif

sewsugarqueen Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 9:41pm

I found that certain colors were terrible to melt and I had a lot of problems with them ( the dye did something) purple, orange , red and blue were difficult. I think something has changed such as the fat products used. I use to get food parafin, melt a bit of it and add to these colors. Try some other companies and see if you are having the same problem.

tonedna Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 11:05pm
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Originally Posted by nancyrice

I found that certain colors were terrible to melt and I had a lot of problems with them ( the dye did something) purple, orange , red and blue were difficult. I think something has changed such as the fat products used. I use to get food parafin, melt a bit of it and add to these colors. Try some other companies and see if you are having the same problem.




Yeah..this is true!..I sometimes add some crisco to make them better.
Edna icon_smile.gif

traceyjade Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 4:24pm

I put them in the micro for 30 secs then about 20 and stir, the only one I always have problems with is red melts, they always seize on me icon_rolleyes.gif

Julesmcm Posted 7 Dec 2009 , 3:07am

I'm in Australia and just used these melts for the first time (I bought them online). I am planning on making cake pops with them, but just melted a small handful of the green to see how they went. Everything was going smoothly until I left it to re-set. I've found that the green has ended up with a speckled white film on it. Does anybody know what this is, and how I can avoid it??? Also, how runny do they get when they melt? As I said I am making cake pops and was under the impression that the melts would go quite runny, but they are far from being runny - definitely melted and smooth, but not runny! Thanks! icon_smile.gif

millermom Posted 8 Dec 2009 , 3:45pm
Quote:
Originally Posted by Julesmcm

I'm in Australia and just used these melts for the first time (I bought them online). I am planning on making cake pops with them, but just melted a small handful of the green to see how they went. Everything was going smoothly until I left it to re-set. I've found that the green has ended up with a speckled white film on it. Does anybody know what this is, and how I can avoid it??? Also, how runny do they get when they melt? As I said I am making cake pops and was under the impression that the melts would go quite runny, but they are far from being runny - definitely melted and smooth, but not runny! Thanks! icon_smile.gif




I have added oil to them to make them runnier, or added cocoa butter to the chocolate to make it smoother and runnier. I'm not sure how cocoa butter would taste in the colored ones, but you could always try it icon_confused.gif

I used 1 oz. of cocoa butter to one bag of the Wilton melts.

ChelseyT Posted 3 Nov 2013 , 7:14am

Not sure if anyone noticed BUT... Wilton just got VERY popular very fast in the last... year and a half? Maybe the sudden change in demand took its toll?

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