Almond Bark And Candy Coating

by Amy

What is the difference between almond bark and candy coating?

Hi Amy,

In my mind, almond bark is pretty much the same as candy coating. Almond bark is candy coating, but perhaps not all candy coating can be classified as almond bark. :)

I suspect that they can easily be used interchangeably for most candy making projects.

Does anyone else have any input on this subject?


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Dec 09, 2016
why shouldn't you use it for peanut cluster's ? NEW
by: Veronica

Still, no explanation as to "why" not to use it for peanut clusters... I do it every Christmas and they are a big hit. I can't stay out of them myself. So, I'm not understanding the reasoning for not using it.

Feb 20, 2012
Candy Coating versus Almond Bark NEW
by: Angie

Hi Kathy,

It can be pretty confusing when people (and recipes) are speaking of almond bark, candy coating, candy wafers, candy melts, etc. :)

Sometimes the terms are interchangeable, but I think even manufacturers aren't consistent in how they label their products, which only adds to the confusion.

Generally speaking, or should I say USUALLY, candy coating and almond bark are not technically chocolate, although we use them like chocolate all the time (for dipping and molding and coating, etc).

In most cases, neither candy coating nor almond bark contains any cocoa butter, so it's not considered "real chocolate" for that reason. Some form of vegetable fat is used instead of the cocoa butter.

However, if you used to use a candy coating that claims to be "real chocolate" just take a look at the ingredients to double check. If it does indeed really contain cocoa solids then they are probably using the term "candy coating" for marketing purposes so people know that it can be used for "coating" pretzels, truffles, fruit, etc.

I hope this makes it a little more clear for you. Essentially, I'd still say there really is not much difference between the two. :) Bottom line, check the labels to be sure you know what you are working with.

Feb 20, 2012
Difference Between Candy Coating and Almond Bark NEW
by: Kathy

Please clearly define the difference between candy coating and almond bark.

The candy coating I've used says real chocolate whereas the almond bark I'm seeing in the stores says artificial.

The candy coating I used when living in Ohio doesn't seem available in Chicago where I live now.

I searched your site and did not see a specific well-defined explanation about the difference between these items - only between chocolate and almond bark and candy coating.

Dec 16, 2010
Almond bark and candy coating
by: Anonymous

why should you not use candy quick for peanut clusters?

Dec 11, 2010
by: Kattie! I <3 wieners

Its pretty much the same. It melts the same, coats the same, drys the same, looks the same, and tastes the same. DO NOT USE IT FOR PEANUT CLUSTERS.

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