How to Melt Hard Candy?

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Hard candy is a boiled sweet made almost entirely of sugar. Hard candy is made by heating a sugar syrup to 160°C. Candy canes, twisted candy, and lollipops are all popular examples of hard candy. Syrups including glucose, sucrose, fructose, and other sugars can be used to make hard candy. The majority of hard candy varieties will also add food coloring and flavoring to provide a diversity of flavors.

In this blog, you will learn the ways of melting hard candy. Let’s read!

melt a candy
melt a candy

Melting Hard Candy in a Double Boiler

The double boiler method, which utilizes steam to melt your hard candy, is ideal if you’re melting a huge quantity.

To melt the candy in a double boiler, fill a small saucepan halfway with water. Place a big heat-safe bowl on the bottom of the pot and set the heat to low. In a heat-safe dish, add your hard candies and swirl regularly to help disperse the heat. The steam produced in boiling water will help dissolve your candy.

Reduce the heat if the saucepan is emitting an excessive amount of steam. Water and steam both have the potential to seize your candy melts, leaving them worthless.

Remove the bowl from the heat and continue swirling until the candies are almost entirely melted.

Melting Hard Candy in Microwave

You can melt hard candy in the microwave oven, but this can be the most complicated method. It is faster, but it also has a disadvantage. Microwaves operate quickly, and sugar is readily burned.

You’ll need to keep a careful eye on your candy while it’s in the microwave, which is where the glass dish comes in useful. Microwave the crushed candies for 60 seconds at 80% power. Remove the bowl and stir if your candies have started to melt. If not, simply re-microwave the dish for an additional 15 seconds and then remove the bowl. Continue melting the candy in 15-second intervals until it is melted.

How to Melt Hard Candy in an Oven?

This is the greatest method for creating candy crystals or mosaic candy. To properly complete this process, you need baking paper, an oven pan, and form tins if you wish to firm the candy into the correct shape. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Preheat the oven to 180°C if you plan to melt the hard candy to fill a certain form. 150°C is the optimal temperature for melting hard candy in the oven without burning it. 

Using baking paper or aluminum foil, line a baking or oven pan. Ensure that the foil paper or baking paper extends around the sides of the baking tray in case the candy melts and spills out. Put the hard candy in a resealable plastic bag now. If melting them into the appropriate form, place them straight in the cookie-cutter or other shaper. To properly melt the candy, place it in the oven for around 7 minutes. Therefore, set a timer for 5 minutes and monitor the candy closely when it goes off. When the candy begins to bubble, immediately remove it from the oven. Leave it any longer and you risk becoming scorched.

candy jar
candy jar

Do Candy Melts Expire?

Although they will be stored for a long time if stored properly, candy melts should be consumed within 18 months from the date of manufacture. Each package is marked with a sequence of numbers and letters to indicate the date of packaging.

What Are the Purposes of Candy Melts?

Candy Melts may be utilized in a variety of ways, from dipping cake pops to molding your candy.

Cake Pops

The most typical application of melted hard candies is to coat cake pops. The candy helps lock in the pop’s taste and moisture and also serves as a blank canvas for decorating!

To coat cake pops, it is recommended to melt your candy in a Candy Melting Pot and then thin it. This will assist in ensuring that your candy maintains the proper consistency from the first to the final pop.

Molding

Candy Melts may also be shaped and designed using plastic and silicone candy molds. We recommend melting your candy in a disposable bag and piping it directly on the mold for best results. Molded candies may be used to decorate cakes and cupcakes, or they can just be savored on their own.

Marbling

The marble appearance looks fantastic on a variety of desserts, from cake pops to doughnuts. All that is required is a single primary color (typically Bright White) and a few accent colors (Drizzle Pouches are great for this).

Per create marbleized sweets, just melt each candy individually according to the package directions. Drizzle your highlighting colors over the primary color, then gently swirl the colors together using a toothpick. Dip your confections in the swirling candy for an eye-catching effect!

Brush Strokes in Candy Colors

Spread a thin coating of hard candy on parchment paper using a brush or a spatula. Once set, these candy strokes may be used to give height and dimension to cakes or cupcakes, or to create wings, leaves, and feathers.

melting candy
melting candy

Best Way to Store Melted Hard Candy

The wonderful thing about Candy Melts is that any remaining melted hard candy that has dropped off your treat but is crumb-free, may be remelted and reused. Follow these easy storage rules to keep your melted hard candy as fresh as possible.

  • Allow cooled pre-melted candy.
  • Place hard candy (or any remaining candy wafers) in a plastic bag or container that is airtight.
  • Maintain a cold, dry environment for your candy. Avoid freezing or refrigerating your candy, since the moisture in these cold settings might infiltrate into it, resulting in uneven melting.

Conclusion

When it comes to hard candy, the possibilities are virtually limitless. Don’t allow your fear of not doing it properly keep you from attempting it! Luckily hard candy costs less than most other sweets. You can always try to melt a lot of hard candies to see which method works best for you.

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