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equivelent to caandy melts in the UK HELP PLEASE ........

post #1 of 42
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Hi All,
if someone could help me I would very very much appriciate it.

Here in the Uk you can get wilton candy melts off ebay but at £3.95 & £1.95 postage for a 14oz bag thats alot of money. icon_eek.gif There are no other (that I know) alternatives to the wilton candy melts.

Also chocolate colorings are not easy to buy. i can only buy a few colours.

i am keen to try out the fab chocolate things in the whimsical bakehouse but cant as i don't have the colours or chocolate icon_cry.gif

Does anyone know what i can use over here instead of candy melts and anything that is available to colour chocolate

many thanks
Cecb icon_biggrin.gif
post #2 of 42
I'd love to know too!
post #3 of 42
oh id love to know too!!! i havent got the foggiest at what candy melts are and wouldnt know where to look, im sure i havent seen them in tesco lol!!
post #4 of 42
Candy melts are chocolate discs that you melt and come in a variety of colors. Wilton makes them here and you can also buy them in a bulk store.

HTH, there's not much more I can add. It's just melting chocolate.

Enjoy your day!

EDIT: You might be able to use white chocolate and try adding paste colors to it. I've never tried it, but maybe it would work. Just a thought. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #5 of 42
Thread Starter 
hi,
thanks for your reply.

I must not have made myself clear. I know what the candy melts are but here in UK don't know what to use or where to buy instead of them

White chocolate would have to be tempered I assume and don't want to go down that road as yet

thanks for taking the time to reply
cecb
post #6 of 42
I have seen dark chocolate and white chocolate disks in a few cake decorating shops here (no colors unless it's Wiltons). If I remember correctly they are using marked as 'coating chocolate', and have 'non-tempering' somewhere on the label. (The shop in St. Neots Cambridgeshire that I like carry the dark and white, but I've never looked at the price.)

Squires Kitchen sells some chocolate coloring, but it's quite expensive.

Sugarshack UK sells the Wilton melts starting at 2.50 GBP (price varies by color).

To consider: another UK CCer that I've chatted with buys chocolate straight from Callebaut and uses the easy-tempering microwave method. This might be your best cost option.
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post #7 of 42
As far as I know, this company are the (only??) main importer of Wilton goods into the UK.

http://www.cakedecoration.co.uk/search.ihtml

Above is the link for candy melts.

Fortunately, their h/o is literally a five minute drive from me, so I avoid the p&p. icon_biggrin.gif

Suzanne x
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post #8 of 42
This is great Relznik, thank you for the link!
post #9 of 42
I thought candy bars & chocolate chips are already tempered, so you would only need to color the white chocolate once melted. Use caution when melting white chocolate, it burns much easier. Best way is over a pot of simmering water and watch it closely.
post #10 of 42
i too can't get candy melts where i live. i also don't have access to chocolate coloring. so i used powdered food coloring and make it very concetrated for a drop of water i carefyllu add just a drop of it to my white chocolate and then i usally add in a drop of cocoa butter.
HTH
post #11 of 42
It's been a while since I shopped in the UK but I think the equivalent is just "cooking chocolate" - the bags of chocolate buttons for cooking - also called compound chocolate here in Australia. Can't help on the colouring though I'm afraid.

HTH
post #12 of 42
What you want is good old fashioned Scotbloc cake covering (comes in bar form) - you find it in the baking aisle of the supermarket (go to a big one for most choice!), and can get it in white, milk & dark and it is the same as candy melts (i.e. not real chocolate!). Tempering real white chocolate is really difficult and if you don't do it right you will get blooming on your finished piece spoiling the look. As for colouring, I use Chefmaster oil-based colourings, they are great (better than Wilton), and last for ages. I bought mine on Ebay in a set of 7 and you can mix to make most colours. Hope that helps!

Edited to add: go to Ebay and search 'chocolate colouring', and there you will find a UK seller of the Chefmaster colours, offering all of the colours that are available. They are not cheap (they are quite big bottles though), but I have had mine a couple of years, and I do a lot of chocolate transfer work, so they last!
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post #13 of 42
Ahhhh! I see...

Out of interest, when would you use this, instead of real chocolate??
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post #14 of 42
Scotbloc! That was the name I couldn't remember! Yes - its the cheapy not real chocolate stuff icon_wink.gif
post #15 of 42
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Originally Posted by Relznik

Ahhhh! I see...

Out of interest, when would you use this, instead of real chocolate??



Chocolate transfers, it not much good for anything else IMHO (I'd rather eat the real deal)!
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