Confused about which candy melt to use for your cake pops? I did a Melting Candy Wafers Test to see which brand would melt the smoothest.
How did I test
What I did instead is melted 3 popular candy melts and judged the melting consistency and temperatures. This is not rocket science, but there were some parameters.
I tested Merckens White Chocolate, Wilton’s White Candy Melts, and Make N’ Mold Melting Wafers.
Using my scale, I weighed 6 ounces of each candy.
Using a 1000 watt microwave, I started off with 45 seconds at 70% power for each bowl of candy.
The Merckens and Make N’ Mold only needed one time in the microwave. The Wilton’s required a bit more to fully melt. I should have taken my own advice and been a bit more patient, because I did get the Wilton’s too hot.
Here’s my pros and cons of the different confection candy wafers:
|Smallest wafers which may have led to quicker melting and a smoother consistency.|
Melted smooth without being too runny.
The coating stays put and does not drip down stick or make funny “tails” on the pops.
Overall the best tasting coating of the three.
|Difficult to source. Look at specialty Cake Supply store or order online.|
Wilton’s Candy Melts
|Cheapest and most easily found in craft stores (Micheal’s, Wal-Mart).|
|The thicker the coating the more likelihood of it pulling the cake pop off the stick.|
Largest wafer size takes longer to melt.
Make N’ Mold Melting Wafers
|Of these three, I thought this had the best dipping consistency and was the easiest to work with.|
|Somewhat difficult to find (A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby)|
All in all, the pops looked the same. I could see no difference in the final product. I think it comes down to your preference and your budget. For me, Wilton’s is fine when it’s on sale 🙂 and I am lucky to have Merckens and Make N’ Mold within an hour drive of my house.
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