Troubleshooting Wilton Candy Wafers

March 28, 2017Allison Murray
Molding candies has never been easier with Wilton Candy Melts but sometimes we run into problems. Check out these common issues and how to fix them!

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Well dang! There’s a good chance you’re here because you’re having problems with your Wilton Candy Wafers. Ugh. I’m sorry. It is nowhere near as bad as it seems. Don’t pull your hair out. There’s absolutely no reason to cry, I promise. Problems like this suck but we’ve all been there and luckily, more often than not, you can salvage your candy and still get amazing results. We’re gonna make this work. Pinkie promise :)

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You might have seen that yesterday we totally rocked out some colorful chocolate Easter bunnies. Well, colorful Wilton Candy Melt Easter bunnies which is chocolate-like but not actually chocolate. I’m a big fan of these little candy wafers because they come in super pretty colors, taste great and are fairly easy to work with and when it seems like it isn’t easy there’s normally a fix for it that makes things all better without tons of time or effort.

Ooh! And there are so many different and awesome chocolate molds out there that you can use to make some treats that will make your family and friends ooh and aah over your obviously amazing cooking skills. And I am currently obsessed with 3D chocolate molds because they look so awesome! I mean, check out this 3d gemstone chocolate mold… awesome! Schnauzer chocolates? You know it! Here are turtles, a bunny in overalls that I wish I found sooner, and oh GOSH this cowboy bunny (eep! Easter 2018?),  Santas on motorcycles, microphones, weird long and skinny fish, and last, but most certainly not least, this set, because nothing says “practice good dental health” like a homemade candy toothbrush and toothpaste set.

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Today I’m going to break down into all of the problems that I have faced myself as I’ve molded candies over the years and then I’m going to troubleshoot Wilton Candy Melts and tell you how to fix those problems. I’m sure there are issues I haven’t had myselef, so if you have a question, hit me up in the comments and I’ll do my best to help find a solution to the problems you’re facing.

Potential problems and solutions. Troubleshooting Candy Melts.

Molding candies has never been easier with Wilton Candy Melts but sometimes we run into problems. Check out these common issues and how to fix them!

Problem: My candy melts are too thick and clumpy! They aren’t thinning out!

How to fix it: Add a small amount of vegetable shortening at a time until the candy becomes smooth. Too much shortening will change the properties of the candy preventing it from setting properly but you can get the perfect thickness without much at all in normal circumstances.

It is also possible that you overheated your candy and I’ve found that mostly there’s no coming back from it. You can try to add shortening to fix it but I’d strongly suggest tossing that batch and starting over. To prevent overheating I suggest melting your candy while there are still a few bits/chunks of un-melted wafers floating around in the mostly melted candy. Stir like crazy and the heat from the perfectly melted candy will smooth the consistency out perfectly without worry of overheating.

Molding candies has never been easier with Wilton Candy Melts but sometimes we run into problems. Check out these common issues and how to fix them!

Problem: The colorful candy melts all taste like vanilla. How do I get something different?

How to fix it: Stir in oil based candy flavorings to melted candy or chocolate to the desired flavor. Be sure to use OIL based flavors to keep your candy from seizing. I like Lorann because there are a TON of flavors to choose from.

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Problem: I don’t have all day and the candy is taking too long to set up!

How to fix it: Place your molds inside of the freezer for 5 minutes. If using a double-sided mold, flip so that the mold is sitting on the back-side and allow to remain in the freezer 5 more minutes. Take care not to leave your chocolate in the freezer for too long as it can become brittle and might shatter when un-molding.

Problem: When is it time to un-mold my molded chocolate?

How to fix it: Use the freezer method mentioned above. Once the mold looks cloudy or frosty that means the chocolate has separated from the mold and can be easily removed.  (see pic above for how your mold will look)

Molding candies has never been easier with Wilton Candy Melts but sometimes we run into problems. Check out these common issues and how to fix them!

Problem: My clear plastic molds aren’t working as well as they used to!

How to fix it: I have found that when you wash your molds they don’t always hold shape as well as they did in the beginning. I’d suggest not washing your molds and instead buffing any leftover candy out. I typically will use a paper towel. The mold will be a bit slick with the grease of past moldings, sort of like seasoning cast iron, in a way that makes your candies pop out shiny and easily.

Problem: My un-molded chocolate is flat and dull, not shiny!

How to fix it: Adding some of that vegetable shortening can help make the candy shinier when set. When set up in the freezer they also tend to get that glossier look. Also pay attention to how much you touch your candy once done, especially in warmer areas. You can easily mar the surface with fingerprints and make the candy look dull in places. If your molds are damaged through washing (see problem above) that can make the mold less smooth and that means any candy from that mold will not be smooth, either.

Molding candies has never been easier with Wilton Candy Melts but sometimes we run into problems. Check out these common issues and how to fix them!

Problem: My melts came into contact with liquid (like water or food coloring) and seized becoming a gritty paste.

How to fix it: Take care to make sure your molds, melting bowls and tools are free of water by drying thoroughly after washing. You can try to fix the seized candy by adding a small amount of shortening, a little at a time, to make the batch smooth again. Too much shortening will thin  the candy too much and will be susceptible to easily break or not properly set up. In all honesty, I have only been able to “fix” gritty melts with shortening a handful of times. More often than not it’s garbage and you have to start over.

Molding candies has never been easier with Wilton Candy Melts but sometimes we run into problems. Check out these common issues and how to fix them!

Problem: There isn’t a candy melt sold in the color I need.

How to fix it: You can actually take the Wilton Candy Melts in different colors and mix them to create custom colors. There is even a handy chart over at the Wilton online shop to help with that in the product pics. You can also use Wilton Candy Colors, an oil based food coloring that won’t make candy or chocolate seize.  Do NOT add your typical food coloring from the pantry. I repeat! Do NOT add regular ol’ food coloring as this will make your candy seize up!

Molding candies has never been easier with Wilton Candy Melts but sometimes we run into problems. Check out these common issues and how to fix them!

Problem: My candy is all wrong! The mold didn’t match up or there are lots of bald spots!

How to fix it: Put your candy back into a microwave safe bowl, add a little bit of shortening and melt that sucker over again. This will make the candy thinner and looser so it will more easily fill the nooks and crannies of your mold. Repeat the process, hopefully with better results. If you’re wondering how many times you can do this, well, I was able to redo my pink chocolate bunny for my recent Rainbow Chocolate Bunnies four times while I got used to the mold. Yep, four!

Has your problem been answered? I sure hope so but if not get down to business in those comments and we’ll see what we can do to troubleshoot Wilton Candy Melts so that you have some beautifully molded candy. Pinkie promise, again.

Molding candies has never been easier with Wilton Candy Melts but sometimes we run into problems. Check out these common issues and how to fix them!

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Comments (6)

  • Donna Wieder

    December 11, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    I am using a hard sided professional candy mold. It does not flex, so I can’t twist it to get the candies out after they are set. I made some chocolate candies, and most of them came out eventually, using the freezer method. Some of them developed whitish patches from the freezer. Then I tried peanut butter flavor candy melts and they would not release from the mold at all even though they were thoroughly dried and set. But I had to give us on them because I could not get them out of the mold. Now I’m afraid to try another batch. I wonder if Candy Melts can be used with hard sided molds, or just with flexible molds. Any ideas of how to solve this? Thanks.

    1. Allison Murray

      December 12, 2017 at 5:28 PM

      I have a hard time with the hard molds sometimes and it doesn’t seem to matter what I do, sometimes the candy just doesn’t want to come out. Sometimes you can do like popsicles or a jello mold and place just the plastic in hot warm/water to loosen the candy up a bit. You have to be careful because if the candy melts too much you get drips or lose definition. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never gotten frustrated and thrown away a mold. And honestly, I’ve never had great luck with the peanut butter wafers now that I’m thinking of it. I’d try the warm/hot water and see if that works for you.

  • Jamie Sawall

    May 22, 2018 at 8:50 PM

    I’m making a bunch of flowers for my wedding in one month and every time I make them and put them in a bag or a bowl sealed, they start to turn a little white. How do I stop this from happening?

    1. Allison Murray

      May 24, 2018 at 8:28 AM

      Hi, Jamie. Typically that’s a sign that you’ve gotten your chocolate too hot. If you melt it so that there are still chunks unmelted in it you can stir and the heat will continue melting the candy without overheating it. Give that a try and see how it goes.

  • Denise J Arthur

    June 1, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Help…Why did this happen ??? I do use the Wilton melting pot…Love it! I made chocolate dipped pretzels. 90% came out perfect. I did these in a 3 day sequence. My first set I dipped in white, they dried then I drizzled with black, they dried then I drizzled with yellow gold…they came out beautiful. The next day I started a new set… I used yellow gold as a base and black as my drizzle. When they dried they look terrible, they look dry…no shine. I used they same Wilton chips, same Wilton melting pot.

    Any suggestions?

    1. Allison Murray

      June 1, 2018 at 2:20 PM

      My first thought is maybe you had some moisture somewhere that made things go a little off? Maybe in your bowl or on a spatula? Just a little bit can wreck your gloss. Perhaps even more humidity in the air? Starting over, you can also add some vegetable shortening to the melts as you work with them so that they set nice and glossy. You can add 2 teaspoons per 12 ounce bag. I hope that helps!

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