How to Thin Candy Melts

July 31st, 2019 by Desiree Smith

If you’re wondering how to thin Candy Melts candy to the proper consistency for dipping and dunking, you’re not alone. No matter what method you use, it can be tricky to get your candy to the proper state for your project.

Before we dive into the details, let’s discuss the difference between melting and thinning your candy. Melting candy is the act of taking your candy from a solid state to a semi-liquid state. Thinning candy, on the other hand, is the act of changing the consistency of already melted candy. For example, your candy may be technically melted, but a thicker consistency. Thinning your candy would mean changing your melted candy from a thicker state to a more viscous state.

There are a couple ways to properly thin candy so your candy stays workable and sets well. Best of all, it’s very easy if you have the right tools on hand!

Why is my melted candy so thick?

There are a few things to keep in mind when working with Candy Melts candy. Like any food, the consistency of melted candy can be affected by temperature, humidity and overall freshness of the candy itself.

Temperature is very important when working with Candy Melts candy. A cold work surface or a cold room will cause the candy to thicken, then set. To avoid that, we suggest using the Candy Melts Melting Pot to help keep your candy at the right temperature for dipping and dunking, no matter what the environment.

Humidity introduces moisture in the air, which might cause your melted candy to seize. Unfortunately, it’s hard to save melted candy once this happens. One possible solution would be to add your candy to a recipe that actually requires moisture, such as our Candy Melts Ganache and Truffles, which uses heavy whipping cream.

Before melting your Candy Melts candy, we suggest checking the use-by date on the bag. If the candy is older, it may have been exposed to fluctuating temperatures, which can affect consistency as well.

How do I thin Candy Melts candy?

Thankfully it is possible to fix the consistency of thick Candy Melts candy. Here are our suggested methods:

After melting your candy, add a small amount of EZ Thin Dipping Aid. EZ Thin helps you control the consistency of the candy without changing the overall finish once it sets (it will still be shiny and set properly). Start with a little at a time and stir in thoroughly before adding more. The amount of EZ Thin you will need will depend on how much candy you’ve melted. As your candy begins to look smoother and glossier, stop adding EZ Thin.

If you don’t have EZ Thin on hand, you can also add a small amount of solid white vegetable shortening, using the same technique of starting with a small amount and adding in more as needed.

We don’t suggest using milk, water, cream, butter or half-and-half to thin your melted candy. These ingredients will cause your candy to seize and render it unusable. Some decorators also suggest vegetable or coconut oil, however, we caution against it. Both of these ingredients may alter the texture of the candy, so it may not set properly.

Can I Use EZ Thin to fix my burnt or seized candy?

EZ Thin can be used on slightly overheated candy. However, once the candy is burned or scorched, it can no longer be saved. If your candy reaches this stage, you’re better off starting over to avoid your candy tasting burnt.

Seized candy cannot be fixed by EZ Thin either, but can be added to a recipe that requires moisture, as discussed previously.

Visual learners, check out this video for a quick tutorial:

What are some of your favorite ways to use Candy Melts candy? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Instagram @Wiltoncakes so we can see your beautiful creations!

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

5 Replies

  1. Emily Coons-Bruyere says:

    where do you find the used before date on the bag of candy melts. I have checked the bags I have and can’t find them.

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hi Emily,

      You can find the expiration date from the code stamped on the back, lower right of the packaging. We use the Julian Dates system. For example, if the day is 17137, that means that the first two digits are the year, 17 = 2017 and the next three digits are equal to the day that year = May 17th.

  2. Carla says:

    For how many minutes do I put a whole bag of candy melts in the microwave?

  3. Stephanie P Maradiaga says:

    Hello! I’ve been having an issue with melting the candy melt. I use the wilton pot and when I melt the candy and I see that its melted I set it on the warm consistency but then it seems like its getting thick. I then put the EZ thin and it will work for a bit and then it will start to get slightly clumpy. I am not sure what could be the issue its very frustrating that I can’t keep it thin. I hope you can help me out

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