Many people use candy melts, a.k.a. candy coating, to make their confections.
While they’re easy to use and come in many colors, frankly, candy melts don’t taste anywhere near as good as real chocolate.
Candy melts are made to emulate white chocolate, which is then tinted. But they replace the more expensive cocoa butter, that is a key component of chocolate’s flavor, with vegetable oil.
The ingredients of candy melts are sugar, milk solids (powdered milk), vegetable oils, flavorings and colors. Chocolate candy melts add cocoa powder, but still use vegetable oil.
Candy melts are also referred to as confectionery coating or summer coating. They’re the reason that so many people dislike white chocolate.
Because what they have eaten is not real white chocolate with cocoa butter, but imitation chocolate made with vegetable oil.
Want to try the difference for yourself? Buy a bar of real white chocolate and a package of white candy melts, and do a taste test.
Here are some reasons why people buy candy melts instead of real white chocolate—which is easy to color when melted:
1. MELT the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at 30-second intervals. Whisk or stir in-between intervals.
2. ADD the melted butter to the chocolate and stir well to incorporate. The butter helps to thin out the chocolate so it coats more evenly. Stir in the mint extract.
4. DIP each Oreo halfway into the chocolate and lay it on a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Shake the sprinkles or chips onto the warm chocolate.
5. HARDEN in place for 20 minutes before serving. Store in an airtight container between sheets of wax paper.