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Make Chocolate Candy Quick and Easy Using Candy Melts

Updated on November 13, 2015
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Chocolate candy made with candy melts.
Chocolate candy made with candy melts. | Source

Have Fun Making Chocolate Candy

One day, after watching a cooking program about chocolates, I was left in the mood for a chocolate bar. But, I wanted more than just a plain old chocolate bar, My taste buds were craving chewy coconut and crunchy almonds at the same time. My mind was figuring out a way to satisfy my craving.

The program I had watched demonstrated how to make chocolate and so I thought it would be a great idea to make my own chocolate. Then, after going through the process in my head, I soon lost interest. It was too much work.

Candy Treat Cups and Candy Molds

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Candy Treat CupsLarge Candy Mold - Yields 8 candy pieces.Small Candy Mold - Yields 14 candy pieces.
Candy Treat Cups
Candy Treat Cups | Source
Large Candy Mold - Yields 8 candy pieces.
Large Candy Mold - Yields 8 candy pieces. | Source
Small Candy Mold - Yields 14 candy pieces.
Small Candy Mold - Yields 14 candy pieces. | Source

My creative mind got to working and I thought about going to the store, melting up some already made chocolate bar and then adding my own coconut and chopped nuts. Clever, I thought. Then, I got even more creative and wandered into the local craft store and was delighted to see a wall full of candy-making molds, wraps, chocolate candy pelts (called melts) that allowed the "candy maker" to simply melt the chocolate and put it into a mold. This store had everything a candy maker would want. I didn't buy the candy pelts because they were quite expensive. I did, however, pick up a couple of molds and candy treat cups, then headed to the grocery store to buy the chocolate bar that I was going to melt.

At the store, in the bulk isle, I saw dispensers filled with chocolate pelts. They were quite inexpensive, in fact less expensive than at the craft store and less expensive than the candy bar I had planned to melt. So, I ditched the candy bar idea and opted for the chocolate pelts.

Once home, I made up a quick batch of chocolate and I have not tasted a regular store-bought candy bar since that day.

Now, I "make" candy for myself and was thinking these lovely homemade candy treats are a great idea for giving as gifts.


Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 32 min
Ready in: 42 min
Yields: 16 Large Candy Treats or 24 Small Candy Treats

Ingredients Photos

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Dark chocolate candy melts.Chopped AlmondsShredded coconut
Dark chocolate candy melts.
Dark chocolate candy melts. | Source
Chopped Almonds
Chopped Almonds | Source
Shredded coconut
Shredded coconut | Source

Chocolate Candy Melts

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Heat chocolate pieces in the microwave.After melting chocolate, mix in other ingredients.Pop set candy onto paper towel.Candy Treat Cups
Heat chocolate pieces in the microwave.
Heat chocolate pieces in the microwave. | Source
After melting chocolate, mix in other ingredients.
After melting chocolate, mix in other ingredients. | Source
Pop set candy onto paper towel.
Pop set candy onto paper towel. | Source
Candy Treat Cups
Candy Treat Cups | Source

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Chocolate Candy Melts
  • 1/4 Cup Nuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut, shredded (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt candy in microwave oven for 1.5 to 2 minutes on high.
  2. Add nuts and coconut at this time and mix together.
  3. Pour the melted candy mixture into a clean, dry mold. Hint: if you heat and prepare in a glass measuring cup, the pouring is easy. Otherwise, spooning the mixture into the mold is fairly easy.
  4. Tap the mold lightly to remove any air bubbles.
  5. Place the mold on a level surface in the refrigerator.
  6. Refrigerate until the bottom of the mold appears frosty or until the candy is firm. This should take about 20 to 30 minutes. Hint: I have placed the candy molds in the freezer to cut this time in half.
  7. Pop the candy out of the mold.
  8. Serve. You can simply place the candy on a tray or place into individual candy treat cups.

Nutrition Facts for Quick and Easy Chocolate Candy - Small Mold

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 92
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Special Notes for Quick Chocolate Candy

If you decide to take a shortcut by placing the candy mold in the freezer for setting, be sure to check on the candy periodically, so that it does not freeze. After fifteen minutes, I take the mold out of the freezer and look at the bottom of the mold. If the bottom looks a little frosty, then it is done setting. Remove the mold from the freezer.

You can add any number of ingredients to enhance your chocolate candy. Mix and combine in any combination you choose, however, be careful not to add more than 1/2 of any combination of ingredients or the chocolate may set too soft if your ingredient is moist (such as coconut) or your chocolate may crumble if your ingredient is too course or grainy (such as nuts or crispy rice cereal).

I have found the most success in limiting the additional ingredients to not more than 50%. For instance, if I want to add a maximum combination of chopped dried pineapple and chopped walnuts, I would add 1/2 cup of pineapple and 1/2 cup of walnuts and no more. When in doubt, always choose a combination that provides a higher concentration of chocolate to additional ingredients.

Additional Ingredients You May Enjoy Adding to Your Chocolate Candy

Dried pineapple and dried mango. Additional ingredients you may be interested in adding to your chocolate candy.
Dried pineapple and dried mango. Additional ingredients you may be interested in adding to your chocolate candy. | Source

Some Other Ingredients to Think About Adding

I have had success with the following ingredients. With fruit, I use only one at a time or the candy becomes too moist and sets a little soft. There's nothing wrong with that; you just need to pop it into your mouth before it melts in your hands.

Walnuts, chopped

Crispy Rice Cereal

Dried Pineapple, chopped

Dried Mango, chopped

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      Marlene Bertrand 18 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you Au fait.

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      C E Clark 18 months ago from North Texas

      Congratulations on HOTD!

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      Marlene Bertrand 18 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello RTalloni. Thank you so much. These little candies do make excellent gifts. I usually try to find out what type of candy the recipient buys at the story and if possible, I will add an ingredient, say walnuts (if that is what they like) to the mix. It personalizes the gift a little more and makes it a well-received gift idea. They'll never know how easy it was to make.

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      Marlene Bertrand 18 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Kristen Howe. Thank you. This recipe is actually making me hungry, too. Time to make up another batch.

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      Marlene Bertrand 18 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello PurvisBobbi44. Thank you. If you give these little candies as gifts, people are absolutely going to enjoy them, especially if you add flavors that they are truly fond of.

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      Marlene Bertrand 18 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello pstraubie48. This is my "go-to" gift when I don't know what to give. I wrap the candy in cute little wrappers. I don't know anyone who doesn't like chocolate.

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      Marlene Bertrand 18 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello ChitrangadaSharan. Thank you for your feedback. This was one of my "unfeatured" hubs so you never would have found it on your own. Now, it is a Hub of the Day. I'm glad, because it is time to start making holiday treats and this is one of my favorites.

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      RTalloni 18 months ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this easy way to make fancy chocolate candies. With the holidays around the corner, now's the time to plan and prepare to make these up, wrap them up, and give them up! :)

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      Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      This hub made me hungry and even thirsty. I love chocolate candies! Great recipes. Congrats on HOTD!

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      PurvisBobbi44 18 months ago from Florida

      Hi Marlene,

      Congrats on making Hub of the Day, and especially thanks for this wonderful fast and easy candy recipe. I will add it to my list of Christmas candies and cookies.

      Have a wonderful rest of the week.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Patricia Scott 18 months ago from sunny Florida

      Great recipe to share ....no doubt many will use this at the holidays and to make family time a celebration as well.

      Congrats on HOTD

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Chitrangada Sharan 18 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations for HOTD!

      This looks delicious and I am already feeling the craving. A very well presented hub and I don't know how I missed this mouth watering recipe earlier!

      Thanks for sharing the details!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi moonlake. I have to admit that they are quite easy to make. The fun part is adding the kind of ingredients that make the candy special for you. Thank you for your feedback. I hope you get a chance to try the recipe.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      These sound very good and so easy. Voted up.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thanks torrilynn. In addition to having fun making these little candies, I enjoyed eating them more.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Loved your hub. I love chocolate. Voted up.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi rajan jolly, I have heard of other people burning chocolate in the microwave. That was one of my concerns, but luckily the chocolate didn't burn. I like the idea of using the double boiler, but I am impatient at times and the microwave is so quick and easy. Thank you for your helpful hint.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Marlene we always make chocolates at home ever since I learned to do this. The chocolate could also be melted in a double boiler; I prefer it this way as I burnt the chocolate in the microwave. Gave it a lot of heat at one go.

      Wonderful hub, gave 5 stars, votes up and awesome.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi alocsin, yes. I have found that if I buy the candy melts in the bulk food isle of discount grocery stores, like Wiinco, it is far less expensive to make your own candy than to buy ready-made candy. And, like you said, you can add your own spices to make your own creation. I have to admit that it has been fun experimenting with different ingredients. With chocolate as the base, you can't go wrong. It is as if anything can be made into a candy. So far, I haven't found anything that didn't taste better with chocolate.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love chocolate but never thought to make my own until I saw this. Presumably, making your own is cheaper than buying ready-made ones at the store? Especially if you add your own exotic spices. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thanks, DDE. The coconut gives the candy a chewy texture. I'm so glad you like the recipe.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      the flavor of coconut is one of my favourites thanks for a lovely recipe sounds a good treat

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi dwachira. It is so easy to make these chocolate candies. I think you will enjoy them, especially with the dried fruit and coconut.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I would like to try this recipe, the outcome looks delicious plus pineapple is my favorite. I would like to taste that with a mix of coconut. Voted up and useful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Brett.Tesol, I learned a lot about making candy at the craft shop. I saw some very interesting recipes and tools. Seeing the candy melts told me I was on to something delicious, easy, and fun to do.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Sometimes it is fun just to be creative, but starting is the hardest part. I wondered what 'chocolate pelts' were, then from the pic I remembered chocolate buttons from my youth ha ha.

      Shared, up and interesting.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Om Paramapoonya. Yes. Easy breezy. That's how I like things to be. If it were any more involved than this, I might not have attempted it. It's actually a lot of fun, and putting them in the little treat cups make me feel like I really did something special. Thank you for your vote.

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Nice! I love how easy this recipe is and how cute these little treats look. Rated way up!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you Mama Kim 8. It is good to meet another candy maker. It is kind of fun, even though the chocolate is already made. Being creative with the other ingredients is a real treat.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      I just love making my own candies, and how you described it in your hub is perfect. Voted up!!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      We have squeezed the Lazy Boys into the space we have. That's all that can fit. Oh, the TV center fits, but that's it. No more. I'm an extreme minimalist, but not because it's the coolest thing to be these days, but because that's life for a retiree who was forced into the lifestyle, which I love, by the way.

      Mod Podge - You know I'm going to be in that area of Michael's the next time I go there, right? That's where you'll find me. And, now that I'm on this candy kick, I'm going to look into the lollipop sticks. That caught my eye, so... I need to figure out how to make them. Chocolate lollipops! I can't go wrong with that. Guess what I am handing out for Halloween this year. Yep. Chocolate Lollipop Candy. Next year, I'm searching for the Easter Bunnies - unless you are willing to loan me your bunny molds. We'll talk about it!

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      Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      Aw, come on, Marlene. That Mod Podge works miracles in matte or shine because if I used glue and water for my decoupage projects, it would be a horrible mess. Mod Podge has no toxic smell like varnish, so it can be used indoors on paper,r wood, and other materials. I just painted a cheap wood box with acrylic paint recently, and used Mod Podge to seal it. My beloved leather couch is a La-Z-Boy, so if I decoupaged my husband's leather chair, no telling what he would do to my couch! So, I just allow myself to dream about antique valentines with cherubs decoupaged all over his chair. Four La-Z-Boys sound comfy, but I only have room for the two.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Arlene V. Poma, Really? Decoupage and Mod Podge are close relatives? I am excited about this because I am a serious decoupager (if that's even a clasification). My mom got me hooked on decoupage when I was in grade school. I would decopage butterflies, poems, anything that caught my interest. Lazy-boys? I have four of them. Some people question my sanity and the integrity of my décor, but, oh well...

      I have never thought about decoupaging the Lazy Boys, but I have them because I want people to be comfortable when they come to visit my home. Is there anything wrong with that?

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      Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      Marlene, I have decoupage fantasies of my hubby coming home to his beloved La-Z-Boy--decoupaged by me! Yes, Mod Podge is all about decoupage. Love it!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Oh, Faith Reaper, say no more; I know what you mean. Once the craving sets in, I have no other alternative but to cave in and honor the craving. Thank you so much for your visit. Enjoy your chocolate candy... but, I'm sure you will!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Chocolate, almonds and coconut are my favorite combination!!! Boy, you sure did have a very creative spurt here, and getting to the end result, I am sure, was awesome! Thanks for sharing your tips. They are great. Sorry, I must run off to the craft store now. Delicious hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Arlene - I could spend all day at Michael's and be thrilled to pieces. In our town, Michael's is next to Home Depot. Home Depot to my husband is like Michael's is to me. We went venturing together. He parked the car in the middle and we both headed gleefully to our respective playgrounds. I spent a good portion of an hour just in the two isles that housed the candy/cake making supplies and I still beat my husband to the car, albeit by mere minutes.

      Mod Podge? Is that anything like decoupage? 'Cuz, I'm starting to get back into decoupage... love it.

      And, Mhatter99, my pleasure! Really... my pleasure! I enjoyed making these chocolate treats and writing the recipe was a fun activity, as well. I am glad you like it. :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this great idea.

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      Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      Believe me. Michael's is dangerous. When I took those cake decorating classes, I always took advantage of the "discounts." I was always coming home with something, so now I have a huge set of cake decorating tools and cake pans. Do I remember how to make those fancy flowers? No! But if it's not the cake decorating or candy making, there's always something else. Last week, it was acrylic paint, sponge brushes, and Mod Podge. If I worked there, I would be like all the ladies who spend their paychecks during their breaks, lunch breaks, and off time. LOL!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hahahaha! I didn't even know what I would find at Michaels. But, I knew enough to know that making candy was a craft, so when my craving set in, I just headed off to Michael's. Lo and behold, the candy making stuff was right there at the front of the store. I just entered the store, looked to the left and there it was. I spent a good chunk of time there figuring out what I wanted - learned a thing or two about "making" candy, purchased what I needed and left that store happy as a lamb. I have been making small batches of candy almost every day.

      Once the candy bug hits, you're just going to have to make the run. Sorry! :)

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      Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      Oh, gawd, Marlene! Here I am, settled on my living room couch with my laptop, and along comes your article on making your own chocolate candy. Did you know how close I am to Michael's and a cake store selling those chocolate molds and candy melts??? I used to haunt these places when I took the basic Wilton cake decorating classes, but I suppose I will make a "candy run" soon--thanks to you and your writing. My waistline thanks you in advance. I have not tried to mix anything into the candy melts in the past, but now I have plenty of ideas. I think I have bunny molds from my last adventure.

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