Melting White Choc And Coloring

by Angela

I'm having trouble melting white choc and coloring. Please help.

I am trying to color the white Wiltons chocolate, and every time I add color the paste it turns hard on me so I can not dip anything.

What am I doing wrong?

Hi Angela,

Are you saying that your white chocolate is turning to paste when you add the coloring or that you are using a coloring paste to color to the white chocolate? Sorry for the confusion, but I'm not certain what you meant.

The reason I'm asking is because it really makes a difference what type of coloring you use to color white chocolate.

You can't use anything that is water-based because it will inevitably cause the chocolate to turn all thick and unmanageable.

There are special candy colors that you can buy to use when coloring white chocolate. They are usually oil based and Wilton makes those as well. You can find them at Candyland Crafts. They also have powdered food coloring that will work as well.

As for thinning out your chocolate, your best bet is to use Paramount Crystals. It only takes about a teaspoon per pound of chocolate, so a little goes a long way.

If you are in a bind and need an immediate solution and can't wait for your order to arrive, try using a little vegetable shortening. I've used Crisco successfully on several occasions.

Here's something to keep in mind, though. If you have "ruined" the white chocolate by allowing water to get in it when melting or using a water based coloring that caused it to seize, you aren't likely to be able to save it with shortening or paramount crystals.

However, don't throw the chocolate away. You can still chop it up and use it in making cookies or stirring it through a brownie mix, etc. Chocolate should never go to waste, only to waist! ;)


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