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Dipping doesn’t have to be hard. With a few easy steps you can learn how to dip candy in chocolate – without crying! Learn how easy it is to make homemade chocolate truffles and chocolate candy at home without any fuss!

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How to Dip Candy in Chocolate Without Crying

I’ve been wanting to do a dipping instruction for awhile. Text explanations can be confusing, photos are great, but videos are better, and after I got some comments on Instagram when I posted my Peanut Butter Covered Oreo Truffles I figured, why not go for it?

Hopefully, after you watch this video you’ll be able to have more confidence in your dipping skills. Really, it’s all about practice and finding out what works for you. I still end up with truffles that I think are ugly, and sometimes I surprise myself.

Check out the post down below for more tips and tricks!

Melting and Dipping Candy in Chocolate Video

This video was filmed before I redid my kitchen, and before I had any filming equipment.

Best Candy for Dipping

As I discussed in the video, the three mainstream brands are:

  • Almond Bark (Plymouth Pantry)
  • Wilton: These are great if you need colorful coating.
  • Candiquik
  • Ghiradelli now makes candy melts. These are my favorite for taste!

You can find many of these chocolates and candy coating at the regular grocery store, in the baking aisle. Wilton is sold mostly at craft stores and Walmart, and comes in lots of colors.

Read my post all about chocolate!

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How to Melt Chocolate

I have an entire post about how to melt chocolate, but here are the basics:

Melt your candy in a double boiler: Heat about 1-2″ of water in a pot and place your candy in a bowl that fits snug on top the pan, but that doesn’t touch the water. Just keep the heat on low once the candy melts, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t seize. Or, you know, use an actual double boiler, if you have one.

Melt your candy in the microwave: Use real Tupperware or paper Dixie bowls. Glass can get too hot, those disposable plastic containers can be too flimsy. I like good, old-fashioned Tupperware.

And speaking of melting candy, know that it can be fickle. The double boiler method is the best way to be sure it won’t seize (although it still might) but I’m a microwave girl.

First, read the package directions. There are usually hints, and every brand has different ones. I usually use HIGH power (I have an 1100w microwave) except for white. For white chocolate (melts or chips) I always use half (50%) power.

What if my candy won’t melt? If your candy is older, or if it’s melted at some point and then re-hardened, it may have trouble melting. In this case you can add Crisco or vegetable oil about a teaspoon at a time (for a full package of candy or chips), stir, and continue heating for short periods of time. It can help the candy melt, but it doesn’t always work. Sometimes new candy is just what’s needed.

Never, ever get water in the candy bowl. Water will ruin your chocolate. FYI, all these tips also apply for chocolate/white chocolate chips.

truffles on cookie sheet with bowl of chocolate

Secret Tip for Keeping Chocolate Warm

The best way to keep the candy warm while dipping is using an electric griddle covered with a kitchen towel. Use the lowest warm setting (low heat) and this will keep your chocolate from hardening.

Stir the chocolate often using a wooden spoon, rubber spatula or regular spoon. Moving chocolate won’t harden.

You can also use the double boiler but it tends to get too hot and there is more of a chance the warm water will get into the chocolate.

Tips for Dipping Candy in Chocolate

  • Don’t swirl. Drop your candy or truffle in the chocolate and spoon the chocolate over the top. Swirling makes the truffle break.
  • Use a fork to lift the truffle out of the chocolate. The excess chocolate will drip down through the tines of the fork.
  • Use the Bakerella Tapping Method: Tap your hand not the fork. Don’t tap the fork on the side of the bowl. Tapping your hand is lest impactive on the truffle.
  • Use a toothpick to help transfer the truffle from the fork to your cookie sheet for minimal “falling truffle syndrome”.
  • Sprinkles are a truffles best friend. They hide every imperfection. And they’re fun. Use lots of them.

Enjoy eating your hard work. Then practice some more!

Tools for Candy Making

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Learn How to Dip Candy in Chocolate without crying! Make dipped chocolates and chocolate truffles easily using this melting and dipping method.

Last Updated on October 27, 2021

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  1. Thanks so much for this tutorial (and just in time to practice making candy for Valentine’s Day!)! My last attempt at dipping candy ended with a disaster so ugly all I could do was laugh…that was two and a half years ago, and I’ve been afraid to make candy ever since! I’m definitely going to try again with all of your tips 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful video. I keep my chocolate warm in a mini crock pot set on warm, never would have thought to use a griddle…love that. I have seen Candiquick before, but never tried it, since you recommended it so highly, I will just have to try some for sure! Don’t you just love sprinkles? Non bakers think we use them to make stuff pretty, little do they know that we REALLY use them to hide imperfections!

  3. Oh my gosh, you are so cute! Plus, I totally needed this. I’ve sworn of “dipping” of any kind because I’m terrible at it. I just tell people I’m a baker, not a candy maker. But you make it look so easy. If I ever get over my fear of failure, I’ll definitely be referencing this video again.

    1. It’s really annoying to dip, but I find as I do it more it gets easier and faster! Thanks for watching!

  4. Dorothy, the video is so awesome! I hope you plan on making more of these. I love getting to see you in action and hearing your voice (it’s not horrible at all! If anyone has a horrible speaking voice, it’s me. I hate hearing my own voice being played back). This couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m planning on making truffles and each time I’d made them in the past, my chocolate coating is super hideous. Thanks for all the amazing tips!

  5. This is such a fantastic tutorial! I’ve always wondered what the best and right way to dip truffles was. I love the method of tapping your hand to get the excess chocolate off. Thanks so much for doing this as it will definitely make life easier!

  6. Great video! Such great tips! I had not heard of the hand tapping method or getting it off with a toothpick. Definitely trying these! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love your video Dorothy! I have never thought of using a griddle before to keep the chocolate warm – GREAT idea!

  8. You are awesome!!! Love all the fun tips and techniques…it is always fun to see what everyone else does differently! And the griddle idea…so genius!!!