Candy Is Sticky

by Deb
(Louisville, Ky)

White chocolate orange center candy is sticky?

I have made homemade candy for over 25 years. I made a batch of Merckens white chocolate orange cream centers, and they came out beautifully, but they are soooo sticky that if you pick it up you can not let it go.

What happened?

I have never had this issue before, and I usually go thru 20 lbs of chocolate or more every time I make Christmas candy.

Hi Deb,

Sorry to hear about your candy making woes! You've probably got a lot more experience at candy making than I do, so I'm feeling a little inadequate to try to help you. :)

The usual first question I ask when it comes to sticky candy is what is the humidity levels? Candy is just so temperamental when it comes to the weather.

I made those homemade peppermint patties last week and had a terrible time because of the humidity. They did NOT want to set.

I ended up popping them in the freezer for a little while, so of course, I ended up with chocolate bloom. It didn't really worry me in the least because just my friends and family were going to nibble on them and we don't really mind.

However, that's NOT an ideal solution, so you want to avoid the freezer/refrigerator when possible, as I'm sure you well know.

I just read a "Tip" this week for handling the situation of humidity and eliminating the problem of stickiness when using molds in particular. I haven't tried it yet myself, but here it is...

Pop the molds into the freezer and when you take them out, leave the chocolates in the mold and cover them with a piece of waxed paper for 5-10 minutes to let them set without the air getting to them.

If anyone tries out this tip before I get the chance, DO let me know if it works for you.

I guess the next question I would ask for your particular situation, Deb, is regarding the freshness of the Merckens white chocolate wafers. Although I've used pretty "old" wafers before, fresh is always best, of course, giving the best results.

I haven't heard that Merckens had changed their white chocolate wafers in any way recently, but I suppose that would be a consideration, too. You could always check for a number on your packet and give them a ring to inquire.

Do try calling their customer service number and see if they have any suggestions about why this particular batch of candy is sticky. Let us know what they say.


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Dec 05, 2011
Add your candy photos.... NEW
by: Angie

Hi Deb,

To add your goodies to the site, just go here to our chocolate candy favorites page and choose the category that fits your treats the best.

You'll be take to the suitable page and form for adding your recipes, photos, gift ideas, etc. You can add up to 4 images with each submission.

Do give us as many details as possible so we can not only enjoy the mouthwatering photos, but also the "story" that goes along with them. In fact, recipes and "how-to's" are especially helpful so that others will be encouraged to give it a try, too.

I can't wait to see what you've made! :)

Dec 05, 2011
Where to ad pictures of candy NEW
by: Deb

Where or how do I add pictures to this site ?

Nov 25, 2011
Chocolate and Humidity NEW
by: Angie

Great news, Deb! So glad to hear that it was the humidity after all and the problem is solved!

I hope you may get time to take some photos of your goodies and share them with us. We'd love to see what you have been getting up to. You'd be an inspiration to others, I'm sure. :)

Nov 25, 2011
Figured out why candy is sticky NEW
by: Deb

Thanks, Angie, I just built a new house and the furnace has a humidifier built in and I never thougnt to see what the temp was on it, so it was humidity issue. THANK you, you saved me from pulling out my hair.

Make alot of candy today and back to perfection !!!!

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