Thursday, March 8, 2012

What to do with Leftover Melted Candy Melts or Chocolate



I have a bad habit of over-estimating the amount of candy melts and/or chocolate I need for a recipe.  Whether it’s for dipping cake lollipops, or drizzling over a dessert, I always seem to have some leftover.  I used to just throw it away, but it got to a point where it felt as if I was throwing money away.  Finally I realized that I could save it.


At first, I would just through it all into a container but then it would harden in this huge block that was hard to handle.  Then I tried saving it in the squirt bottles, but that was even worse.  Finally I got the idea that I could just form the candy melts/chocolate back into the shape that I received them – small rounds.  


What I did was carefully spoon the melted candy melts/chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat (or parchment paper if you don’t own a silicone mat).  I swirled the candy melt/chocolate into a small, flat round.  Then I kept creating these small rounds until I ran out of the candy melt/chocolate. I let the rounds cool until completely hardened, and then peeled them off the mat and stored them in a sealed container (or plastic baggie). 

It was as if I never used them in the first place.  Now I am able to store them easily and have them readily available to use for a different dessert/project.  

Now I never have to throw melted candy melts or chocolate away.  I’m so happy I thought of this idea!  And my wallet is especially happy :).  The best part is that it couldn’t be easier.  A quick, easy, and money-saving solution – the best kind!

Enjoy!






What to do with Leftover Melted Candy Melts or Chocolate
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Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.  Using a spoon, carefully scoop a small spoonful of the melted candy melts or chocolate.  Carefully drop the melted candy melts/chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet into a small round.  Gently swirl the spoon onto the round to make sure it is round and flat.  Repeat with remaining candy melts or chocolate.

Allow the rounds to dry completely, about 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Once dry, carefully peel up the candy/chocolate rounds.  Place the rounds in a sealed container or plastic baggie.  Store the candy/chocolate in a dark, cool place. 

Now you are ready to use the candy melts/chocolate again whenever you need them.

29 comments:

  1. I overestimate ALL THE TIME also and this is such a genius idea! Totally doing this from now on.

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  2. That's such a great and simple idea!

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  3. Great idea! This just may come in handy this weekend when I make the cake lollipops!! Thank you. (:

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  4. Also! Better to overestimate to underestimate! And now all the overestimating doesn't have to go to waste. (:

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  5. Totally having one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments!!! Awesome idea.

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  6. Fabulous delicious idea my friend - though admittedly I am prone to just eating the leftover candy ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Brown Butter Mixed M&M Chewy Cookies

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  7. Lovely idea! :) I have the same problem and am frugal enough to take you up on this idea.

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  8. I never thought of that and have wasted so much chocolate up until now, what a fantastic idea!

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  9. Jaime @ Jaim's KitchenMarch 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    We are kindred souls in the melted chocolate world! They are great too sprinkled with chopped fruits and nuts :)

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  10. What a great idea Krissy! I hate throwing that stuff away!

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  11. What a great idea!  I'm always looking for way to save ingredients so I don't have to throw them out!

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  12. uhhh, this is SO smart. I throw away tons of chocolate and candy melts and i really can't believe i didn't even think of this. YOU'RE AWESOME! :)

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  13. Great idea!!! I would have never thought... It was annoying me to always eat/throw away all that chocolate too. I am definitely going to try this next time. 

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  14. love how easy this is to execute. Great idea I say!! 

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  15. Great idea, better than me pouring the melted chips in a container.

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  16. smart idea! i confess, i always just throw out the leftover melted candy melts/chocolate, because i wasn't quite sure what to do with 'em. now i know! =)

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  17.  I'd do the same thing! But not anymore :)

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  18. Totally! I did that a couple times and it really didn't work well.

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  19. Me to!  So I had to think of something :)

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  20.  Me too!  And that's how I thought of this!

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  21.  I have those moments all the time! Haha

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  22. Thank you so much, you saved my cake pop live!
    Greetings from Vienna/Austria/Europe

    isa

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  23. This is a life changer idea for me! I am always making cake pops and I hate wasting the left over! Thank you!

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