Temperamental Colored Melting Candy

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Temperamental Colored Melting Candy

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Well, sometimes it happens. The melting candy sometimes becomes troublesome. Usually, the chocolate, dark chocolate, white, and superwhite candies give no problem at all. But the colored candy can sometimes be stubborn. One of our customers called me and told me that the pink melting candy was too thick to work with and would not flow easily. After I spoke with her, I grabbed a bag of the pink, ripped it open, and melted it down as a test.

Pink melting candy being poured into a mold. Notice that the top of the candy is clumpy.

It turned out to be a little thicker than usual, but I was able to work with it, and even poured it into molds and dipped some graham crackers. Here’s the process I went through:

  1. I melted the candy like we recommend, in the microwave, twice, at half power for 30 seconds, stirring after each 30 seconds.
  2. At the end, the candy was somewhat thicker than normal, and it seemed to start to harden even as it was being poured. I threw in some shortening flakes (paramount crystals) to thin it out. I used a lot of the flakes, about twice as much as I would normally recommend. That made the candy considerably thinner, but when poured into a mold, it didn’t spread out to fill the mold, but remained thick and ropy (see the photo).
  3. I picked up the mold, still flat, about a half to one inch from the table and dropped it onto the table.The candy immediately spread out and properly filled the entire mold, and then went on to harden in the refrigerator into little candy treats (see the photo).

This colored melting candy needed some extra shortening flakes and some tapping to make it smooth.

To sum it up, colored candy melts can sometimes be thicker than usual. If you have a particularly stubborn batch of candy, add about twice as many shortening flakes as you normally would. Even a little more, if you have to. If the candy pours into the mold easily, but doesn’t fill it properly, pick up the mold about an inch and let it fall to the table again. That should smooth it out just fine.


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Guava: Our New Filling

Category:Food Products,Products

Guava: Our Newest Filling is from this Fruit

We’ve had several customers asking for us to carry a guava filling, so we thought we’d try it out. We now have guava cake filling in our normal 32 ounce tubes. You’ll find them along with the other filling just waiting for you to use it. So give it a try and let us know what you think.

Sadly, we had to remove on of our fillings, Apricot, to make room for guava’s tropical goodness, but poor apricot was just sitting on the shelf with no one asking for it. We may yet bring apricot back, though, if we have enough requests.


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A Customer Uses Our New Isomalt Sticks

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cake image with isomalt letters

Check Out the Isomalt Letters

A couple of days ago, one of our customers brought in a cake to show me that she had made letters out of Isomalt sticks she had recently bought from us. She said that the Isomalt was easily melted using the microwave instructions on the package.

After melting the sticks, she just poured the liquid into the letter forms and let them harden for several minutes.

Our customer, Bethany, had never used the Isomalt sticks before, and she just wanted to experiment with them. As the picture shows, her experiment was successful.


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Tylose…umm, What is it?

Category:Food Products,Problem Solving

“Tylose” has undergone a bit of a name change. It’s now called “CMC.” They are exactly the same thing, but CMC is merely an abbreviation of the chemical composition of the powder.

  • Have Fondant? Want a quick gum paste? Use Tylose Powder

Tylose powder is one of our  newer products. Some of our customers know how to use it already, but for those who don’t, here’s what you can do. You can use tylose by adding it to fondant to add strength to it so it dries hard like gum paste. This means that you can mold your fondant into delightful little sculptures that won’t sag!

It won’t make fondant taste any better, but that’s another story.

You can also make a transparent edible glue using fondant and water to glue your little sculpture pieces together.

How to use Tylose with Fondant

If you start by sculpting a fondant piece using a small amount of fondant, you can add Tylose in small amounts while kneading it. Just add a pinch of Tylose here and there – kneading all the while – until the fondant starts to become more firm, but not stiff or crumbly. Start small. You can then complete molding or cutting your figures or decorations as you normally would. Let dry for a couple of hours or until the decorations are stiff.

That’s all there is to it. You’ll now have non-saggy decorations.

If you need to mix a larger quantity of fondant then add 1 – 3 teaspoons of Tylose powder per 1 lb. of fondant. The amount you’ll add will vary depending on the humidity. The more humid it is, the more Tylose you’ll add.


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Isomalt for Molded Sugar Decorations

Category:Food Products
isomalt photo

Just 3 of the Many Isomalt Colors Available

Several people have asked for isomalt. Well, now we have it. What is it? Isomalt is a sugar substitute that has the physical properties of sugar. It’s commonly used to make pulled, cast, and blown sugar decorations. It doesn’t crystallize as quickly as sugar, so you can work with it a little longer. We even have some basic instructions on how you can use it.

We have the pellets which need to be melted with water. or, for those of you who would like a more ready form, we have isomalt sticks in several bright colors.

If you have been looking for Isomalt, come and see what we have.


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What About Those Edible Images?

Category:Food Products

Well, we print them for one thing. Edible images are pictures printed on a modified sheet of frosting that is set on a paper backing. It’s not spreadable like frosting, though. It can be handled like a delicate sheet of paper. Many of our customers ask for images on rice paper, but the images aren’t printed on rice paper, though we do have rice paper for sale.

How do i get such an image?

You can bring in a photograph – any photograph, really – and we can scan it and print it for you. You can also bring in an image on a CD or a flash drive and we can take the file from there. Remember, the better quality image you give to us, the better quality edible image you get back. If you don’t want to bring in a photograph, you can come in and look at all of the images that we are able to print.

We don’t keep any of our newest and most popular images in stock. We download them from our image company when the customer requests it.

how long is the wait?

It usually doesn’t take very long, maybe 15 – 20 minutes. If it will be longer, we’ll tell you. If for some reason we’re not able to print it that same day, it will be ready the following day.

You should always bring in your image ready to print. But, if you need some adjusting or editing of your image, we can do it for an additional charge. Also, we require 24 hours notice for images that need extra Photoshop work.

care and use of the image

We’ll give you the image in a plastic storage bag. Keep it in the bag in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight, and keep it flat. Although we believe freshest images are the best, you can keep the image for a week before using it, if kept in the correct conditions.

To use your image, simply take it out of the bag, lay it on the edge of a counter or table and pull down on one corner of the backing sheet until the image starts to loosen. Rotate the image until it loosens more and more.

You can then remove it from the paper backing, pick it up gently, and place it carefully on your frosted cake. The image should be put on the cake immediately after the cake has been frosted so it can more easily be absorbed into the cake.


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About Our Map Listing

Category:Problem Solving

A lot of people have experienced this: Google maps seems to show that our location is almost a mile south of the IS10 Freeway. In reality, we are about 2 blocks North of the IS10 (San Bernardino) Freeway.

Don’t know how it happened, but this error has sure made a lot of people do lots of driving around. I’m working with Google to try to get this error fixed. It should take about 2-3 weeks to get everything verified.

Sorry about the inconvenience. If you can’t find us, just call at (909) 946-7220.


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