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Storing Left Over Candy Melts


posted: 09/11/12

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Storing Left Over Candy Melts | A really easy way to store left over candy melts that you have already melted

Seriously? I can’t believe given how long I’ve been using candy melts that I never thought of this sooner!

Recently when making some Rainbow Oreos for Quinn’s Rainbow Party Extravaganza, I realized that there was a really simple way to store the left over candy I had melted for my next candy coated project.

I mean, really? I’ve been at this for a good three years. It all started with melting some pretty rich red for Gavin’s Elmo Party.

I was hooked. Elmo’s blue buddy soon followed.

And pretty soon it seemed like we couldn’t have a party without a bag of beautiful colorful candy melts! Like Chocolate Brewer’s Baseball Gloves!

Then of course, there was the Cupcake Bites.

Or mustaches! Mustaches!

They even found their way on top of cookies!

{By the by . . . have you caught on to me shamelessly plugging old blog posts . . . ?}

But in all this time of melting, mixing, coating, and adding lard, never once have I thought to save the extra candy that I melted for future fun!! Come on Lisa! Think of all that wasted chocolate!!

Its pretty simple. You scrape the bowl, and drop globs on wax paper ala this:

You let the little guys dry, and then pop them off the wax paper and save them in a ziploc bag for next time.

{Should I have just made this a two picture post and not tortured you with my candy melting history? Sorry.}

You had already thought of that, hadn’t you? I should really tag this post, “duh.”


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  1. Amy - while wearing heels says

    You have my mouth watering with all of your beautiful and yummy sweets.

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Great idea! Love it.

  3. ang says

    I think it’s a great idea, I hadn’t thought of it either!

  4. Saiqa Rahman says

    How to do get the candy melts to melt again? I have a full bag that I used. I had covered and left it out on the kitchen counter because I was going to use them again the next morning. The next morning I slowly reheated it over a double boiler but the consistency was not smooth. It was almost cakey. I tried shortening and it still didn’t work. How would you get the keyed consistency back?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I think the problem was the double boiler method. It definitely can be done that way, but you have to be SUPER careful not to let any moister from the pot below into the chocolate. If literally even the smallest amounts of water get in, the candy will seize up and you will get the cakey mess you describe. I would suggest next time melting in the microwave at half power for about 30 seconds at a time stirring in between.

      • Jenny says

        I made cake pops for the time this past 4th of July and my candy melts chocolate wasn’t a smooth consistency for me to be able to dip the cake pops. It was almost a little cakey as you describe. I got EZ melts and that helped A LOT. It made such a huge difference using the EZ melts.

  5. Amanda Simpson says

    Hi how long can you store these once melted?

    • Lisa Longley says

      If it is stored in a dry place, mine have been good up to a month later.

  6. Stefanie says

    Hi! I bought 5 lbs of milk and dark chocolate melting wafers in anticipation of making my candy but…anyway I have opened both bags but have over half of each left. I have heard of putting the wafers in the freezer but they are just not the same when melted. What is the best way to keep them fresh and prevent blooming?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I always keep mine in an airtight container in the pantry.

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