Help Candy Melt Question (Brands)

Decorating By sweettreat101 Updated 10 May 2016 , 8:17pm by carolinecakes

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sweettreat101 Posted 10 May 2016 , 7:17pm
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I did some research last night and a lot of people recommended the Merckens candy melts but my local cake supply store switched to Guittard at $4.50 lb. Are there different grades of Guittard candy melts because my local grocery store sells Guittard candy melts in bulk for $2.29 lb. Do you think this is the same product they are selling at the cake supply store? I thought there was two choices candy melts or chocolate I'm getting confused.  And between the two brands which would you say has a better taste? I'm using it to cover a small phone booth cake to place on top of the main cake. The tutorial I found said to use candy clay to get sharper lines and better detail. I have to give a friend an estimate for a cake today and I'm trying to tally up all the ingredients. Thank you

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-K8memphis Posted 10 May 2016 , 7:40pm
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can you check the ingredients -- if the lower priced one has no cocoa butter in it then that is not technically chocolate and thus the lower price point -- you're sure each one is priced by the pound? 

and fwiw i use non-cocoa-butter candy melts all the time -- no problem -- and candy clay or chocolate clay or whatever -- all these things have slightly interchangeable names so that might account for your confusion -- including the chocolate or candy melts themselves sometimes also called summer coating, almond bark etc. -- but there are regulations in place where you can't call it chocolate if bladeebla bladeebla whatever -- it does get confusing --

and about using non-cocoa-butter candy melts for the candy clay -- it is already an odd product where you add corn syrup so that kind of skews the chocolateness of it -- in my mind anyway -- if i add powdered vanilla to it it is off the charts great -- 

best to you

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-K8memphis Posted 10 May 2016 , 7:41pm
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in other words i use the cheap stuff hahahaha nobody cares/notices and it works 

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