TabbieCakes Posted 20 Feb 2011 , 5:50pm
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I'm really into making cake truffles, but I'm so OVER the microwave hot spots, inconsistency, burnt chocolate, etc.

Before I buy yet ANOTHER gadget, I'm wondering if I can reliably and easily use my chocolate fondue pot. I'm just not sure a flame will be as controllable as getting an electric melter which I'm considering.

Does anyone use fondue/electric? Opinions please. TIA!

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NanaSandy Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 6:08am
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I have been using a small crockpot and it works GREAT! It melts the chocolate, and keeps it melted while I am working with it.

DianeLM Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 2:23pm
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I use an electric skillet to hold containers of melted chocolate. I can keep several colors going at one time. I lay a kitchen towel in the pan to hold filled decorating bags. Even at it's coolest setting, it's a little too warm for such direct contact.

Edited to change 'warmest' to 'coolest' Duh.

jenscreativity Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 2:34pm
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I just bought the "Wilton" fondue pot and my hubby and I LOVE it! It doesn't get hot in the surrounding area, as it is very safe..and it melts awesome and keeps it warm constant once melted! It's small, compatible, easy to clean and small to put away for storage! We absolutely love it and it does a fantastic job, really! I used my %50 coupon at Micheals and got it for only $15 with that, vs paying the $30 for it!

I know you will love it , but the other ideas are great too,,I just like this because it's sooo small and you don't have to worry about scorching or burning yourself either as I'm clutzy sometimes..lol

TabbieCakes Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 2:42pm
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Wow. Thanks everyone! So many great ideas. thumbs_up.gif

love2makecakes Posted 1 Mar 2011 , 5:46pm
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Originally Posted by NanaSandy

I have been using a small crockpot and it works GREAT! It melts the chocolate, and keeps it melted while I am working with it.




I love this idea!!! Do you ever find it gets too hot? Even when I use my mini crock for dips it starts to burn the dip!

NanaSandy Posted 1 Mar 2011 , 5:51pm
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Yes, you have to be careful it doesn't burn. Once the chocolate is good and melted and hot, I unplug or turn it off. Usually, this gives me enough time to make my candies. Occasionally, I have to plug it back up or turn it on. But if you keep the lid on it, generally it stays warm enough that you don't. Hope this helps.

love2makecakes Posted 1 Mar 2011 , 6:00pm
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Yay! I'm so excited to make some cake balls now just to try this out! That fondue pot sounds good too! Might have to pick one up next time I'm out and about!

JohnnyCakes1966 Posted 1 Mar 2011 , 6:11pm
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I use a $5 candle warmer from Hobby Lobby. Put the chocolate in a bowl; microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each; stop microwaving when there are still small unmelted pieces of chocolate (they will melt as you stir the chocolate); put the bowl on the candle warmer and your chocolate will stay the perfect temperature for dipping/coating.

love2makecakes Posted 1 Mar 2011 , 6:14pm
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Originally Posted by JohnnyCakes1966

I use a $5 candle warmer from Hobby Lobby. Put the chocolate in a bowl; microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each; stop microwaving when there are still small unmelted pieces of chocolate (they will melt as you stir the chocolate); put the bowl on the candle warmer and your chocolate will stay the perfect temperature for dipping/coating.




Another fabulous idea!

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