Buying Chocolate For Candy Making

by Ann Dobbins
(Westmoreland, NY)

When buying chocolate for candy making, how do you know how much you'll need?

I have made chocolate pops and candies in the past, but never for money. I have decided to make some extra income and sell them.

How do you know how many bags of chocolate melts to buy. For example someone wants to order 50 or 100? Thanks.


Hi Ann,

Knowing how much chocolate to buy for candy making is always a tricky question and one that differs with every type of candy and even with the person making them. :)

A rule of thumb for making molded chocolates is about 1/2 ounce of chocolate per standard small mold cavity. Of course, molds vary in size as well, so you can get 1 ounce molds and even bigger.

When it comes to chocolate pops, are you referring to chocolate molded lollipops or something along the lines of chocolate cake pops?

If it's lollipops, you can determine the size of the mold and then calculate your needs that way, but if it's cake pops, you are going to have the variable of the size of the cake pop and the thickness of the coating you apply.

Since you are already an experienced candy maker, it would probably be a good idea to just start taking notes every time you make up a batch of something to record how much chocolate you used and how many you were able to make in that batch.

I know it's probably not the simple answer that you had hoped to get, but that's about the best I can do.

I wish you all the best of success with your candy making and selling venture. You may want to consider listing your candy in our online candy store and see if you can get some customers that way.

This is a great time of year to trial the option because the holidays result in a lot more visitors and potential customers. ;-)


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