So I keep having these issues with the buttercream icing when I add candy melts!! I try to add wilton candy melts so I dont have to add that much coloring, but when I do I melt the candy and then pouring in into the the buttercream icing that I have just finished making, and mix it with a hand mixer... however, its like candy starts to harden when it hits the buttercream because then I have all these tiny pieces of candy throughout the entire batch of icing, and its a real pain when I'm decorating because they get stuck in the tips!!!! does anyone have any helpful ideas or suggestion or know what I'm doing wrong?
ps: I use milk or heavy whipping cream in my buttercream
I melt semi-sweet chips to make my chocolate butter cream. If the chips aren't completely melted, I may find a stray little piece here and there. Never used the candy melts. I also use heavy whipping cream as my liquid. You may want to try the semi sweet chips, or even the powdered cocoa powder that's sold where the chocolate chips are. I've also used that in a pinch. But I think you just aren't getting all of your melts completely melted.
Candy melts are made to harden back up to use in a mold. This is the reason you are having the problem with bits of it in your buttercream. I would stick to using coloring.
Oh well that stinks... I was trying to use the colored candy melts to make a darker shade of blue... I'm new to cake decorating so I was sure! Thankyou ladies!
To make darker shades color ahead of time and let it rest, preferably over night for the color to develop, this works with almost any darker shade but best for red, black and dark blue.
Have you tried adding your fat to the melts then adding your powdered sugar and such? Perhaps the fat would thin the melts enough that they would set up again.
make ganache with the candy melts then mix with buttercream?
Other than the fact this is a 5-year old thread, candy melts won't work in buttercream because of the moisture. The liquid used in the buttercream will cause the candy melts to seize up immediately.
This would only work if there were absolutely no water in it at all.