When I began making dipped treats, I always used white candy melts (bulk), added Flo-Coat and then the gel food coloring and it's been great...so easy to work with..never a problem. Today, I didn't have any at hand so I used some already colored candy melts that I happened to have at hand and it was horrible! :( It was so stubborn when I tried decorating some pretzel sticks. It got thick really fast and the end result was not very good looking. Also, when I leave it on 'low' on the stove, it starts forming stuff in it. With the candy melts + flo coat+color I can leave it on low and it will stay so sexy and easy flowing...nothing starts forming in it. Is there a method to the already prepared candy melts madness? Where did I go wrong with them?
Well, if they are old you can have clumping issues. Overheating will cause the same problem. Some colours are worse than others. You cannot leave them on low, at least I haven't found that you can. I think I would add the Flo coat and see the results. I have tried the tip of adding shortening to clumpy melts and I don't find it helps much either.
Thank you Squirrelly Cakes! It did cross my mind that perhaps they may have been on the shelf a little too long.
I find I have less issues with the brown or white melts. More with the coloured ones. The shelf life of the coloured ones is short.