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|MERCKENS RAINBOW COATING
*Specifications for Merckens chocolate*
WORKING WITH MERCKENS RAINBOW COATINGS
Melt coating (using a microwave in short bursts or double boiler) to a max temp of 115°F. (stirring) Allow to slightly cool to 95°F, scoop spoon or pour melted candy into mold cavity (tap back of mold lightly to remove air bubbles). Cool in fridge or room at 47° to 67°F.
Note: Nut meats or other moisture bearing ingredients may change the flavor of Vegetable fat products.
MERCKENS CHOCOLATE BUTTON COATINGS
Rich chocolates must be tempered to obtain the gloss and uniform stability associated with a fine Chocolate product. Merckens has Dark and Milk Chocolate available in both "slabs" and the "button" shapes.
RECOMMENDED PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING MERCKENS RAINBOW COATINGS
Melt coating to 115°F. Cool to 86° - 88°F. Hold for a few minutes (until thickening occurs). Reheat to 92° - 95°F and start enrobing Continue to add coating to enrober at 92° - 95°F in small amounts as needed Cool in tunnel as done with chocolate.
Melt coating to 115°F. Cool slowly to 93°F Deposit molds. Cool in tunnel or room at 45° - 65°F.
Note: Vegetable fat products may be subject to a flavor change in the presence of moisture or nut meats.
Welcome to the delicious, exciting, and creative World of Candy making. For your molding pleasure, Confectioner's Chocolate Coating is, in our opinion, the World's finest. It requires no tempering --- just melt and use.
NOTE: You can use this type of chocolate, or "Compound Coating" for anything calling for paraffin or wax. Just use this and omit that potentially harmful! wax!
With these molds and materials, one can in their own kitchen, duplicate the kinds of molded objects found in the finest candy shops. Not only can they be made as good or better, but it can be done at little more than half the cost of purchasing the finished piece. An added value is the enjoyment and satisfaction of having made something that is taste- exciting --- and perhaps original.
To prepare the coating for molding, it must first be melted. This is usually done by placing the coating in the top section of a double boiler over hot water. Do not let the water in the bottom section of the double boiler touch the bottom of the top section. A very low heat can be maintained under the double boiler, but do not let the water boil. Should the water boil it would cook the coating, causing it to thicken and become unusable. Care should be taken that no liquids get into the melted coating (particularly water), as this would cause the coating to grain. For this reason do not place a lid on the double boiler over the melting coating, as moisture will form and drop into the coating, causing it to grain. Melting will be hastened if the coating is stirred occasionally. When the coating is completely melted, it is ready for molding.
Before pouring the melted coating into the plastic mold be sure the mold is clean and dry. Greasing, spraying, or dusting is not necessary and would in fact ruin the appearance of the finished candy.
The melted Confectioner's Chocolate Coating can now be spooned (or use a candy funnel or squeeze bottle) into the mold cavities. It is best to underfill the mold cavity. Overfilling will cause a lip to form at the edge of the molded piece. Tap mold on the table or counter top to release any air pockets that may have formed. This can be checked by lifting the mold and looking at the underside.
Insert sucker sticks into the filled mold cavities by placing the sticks in the slots provided for that purpose. Be sure they are inserted far enough into the melted coating to have good holding power, but not so far that you have a short stubby handle. Roll the stick in the slot to be sure it is well coated. You may wish to add a small amount of melted coating to the stick area to give it additional strength.
When mold cavities are filled, place mold in freezer or refrigerator only long enough for the melted coating to chill and become firm throughout. This will take approximately 10 minutes in the freezer or 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Remove mold from refrigeration, turn upside down, and the molded piece should fall out. If not, then flex mold slightly or return to refrigeration. The molded sucker should come out with a bright shiny finish.
As a general rule, all candies including suckers, should be stored in a cool dry place. You may wish to dress up each sucker by placing it in a small plastic bag and securing (the open end around the stick) with a colorful thin tie.
If (due to warm weather or other heat conditions), your Confectioner' s Chocolate should arrive soft, or showing evidence of having melted, do not be concerned. This will not affect the quality or usability of the product. The coating is very forgiving. It can be melted, allowed to cool and become firm, and remelted several times.
The versatility of candy as a gift and for special occasions is unsurpassed. It is most personal and is appropriate for practically all occasions. With a small amount of practice one can become proficient at candy making and will not only have solved the sometimes troublesome gift problem, but will also have saved a substantial sum of money.
For those of you who are already knowledgeable in the art of molding candy, and for those with a flair for a more colorful item, may we suggest our white and colored coatings. These coatings can be used to pour a one-color molded item, or to create a multi-colored molded object. You are limited only by your imagination.
Wash mold only in warm water. Store flat. With reasonable care you can expect many years of service from your mold.
At Sugarcraft, we carry a complete line of these candies. This chocolate comes in: Milk, dark, pastels, deep red, green, peanut butter, butterscotch, and several other flavors like lemon, strawberry, & mint.
“Easy Chocolate Tempering & Candy Coating Uses”
by Marsha Winbeckler #VDO-1 $40.00
Marsha has been a candy-making and cake-decorating instructor since 1981 and has won many awards in these areas. She is the author of the book Cocoa and Chocolate Painting and is the editor of two international cake and candy newsletters.
The topics Marsha Winbeckler covers in this video tape are:
Easy Chocolate Tempering
A simplified Chocolate Tempering Technique
Hand Dipping Centers
Candy Coating Uses
Using Candy Flavors & Colors
Center Recipes (Included with this tape)
Dipping Centers with a Dipping Fork and Spoon
Painting Molds in a Variety of Candy Colors
Candy Gift Packaging
To order the video, see our VIDEOS page HERE
*Specifications for Merckens chocolate*
Using a Tempering Kettle
A. Melt the coating to 100-110°F.
B. Cool the jacket to 70-75°F.
C. Allow the coating to cool to:
A. Melt some coating by either:
|A. Work area||75-85°F|
|C. Candy centers||70-75°F|
|D. Cooling tunnel||65-70°F (initial cooling)|
|.....Cooling tunnel||45-50°F (main cooling)|
|.....Cooling tunnel||65-70°F (final phase)|
A. A thermometer - preferably a metal thermometer that can be calibrated.
B. A wooden handled spatula with a rubber blade.
C. Metal saucepans.
CHOCOLATE TEMPERING PROCEDURE
In order to temper Chocolate you should have the following equipment
I. Two (2) metal pans.
2. A source of heat such as an oven or double boiler.
3. A mixing spoon or a spatula (a wooden handle rubber blade plate scraper is ideal).
4. A thermometer.
METHOD OF TEMPERING
In an electric oven, seton warm In adouble-boiler, set over low heat, slowly melt some Chocolate until it is about 100°F. Mix the melted Chocolate thoroughly with a spoon or spatula. Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and pour about 20% into a separate pan. Allow the larger amount of chocolate to cool in room temperature air until it become 90° - 93°F. While that is cooling, take the pan with the smaller amount of chocolate and cool it in air stirring chocolate constantly until it thickens. When it starts becoming pasty, combine it with the chocolate that has been cooled to 90°- 93°F. Mix the two together thoroughly. The chocolate should now be in temper and ready for use. (the temperature of the mixture should end up between 85° - 87°F. for Chocolate).