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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!

bowls of melted chocolate

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. Welp, now I need an electric griddle! LOL
    Thanks for the tutorial – this really helps. I hate making ugly truffles 🙂

  2. This is VERY helpful! I’ve been doing everything wrong!! I can’t wait to try all these great tips, then finally mine might look pretty!! lol

  3. Love the video! A lot of great tips. I use a crock pot to keep my chocolate warm. I use either the warm or low setting depending on the crock pot I use. I use the smallest crockpot so it is deeper and easier to dip. If you use one with a removable crock cleanup is much easier too,

  4. Invest in the Wilton chocolate melting pot. It is the easiest way to do it with little mess and easy melting with temperature control. We got out pot at Michaels with a half price coupon.

  5. I commented before, but wanted to let you know that I tried making truffles today after watching your tutorial, and it made a WORLD of difference!! I’ll be linking to your post when I share my truffle recipe 🙂

  6. I have a question. I always get those “puddles” on the bottom of the truffle after I put them on the baking sheet to firm up.
    Will this method eliminate that? Thanks! Lisa

    1. I get them sometimes too, but the key to limiting how much (or get rid of them all together) is twofold. 1) make sure your candy isn’t too hot. It’ll be too drippy if it’s really melty. (This is one reason I really like the melts for dipping, because it’s a little thicker.) 2. Make sure to tap off the excess, scrape the fork on the side of the bowl, and tap again. And again. The more that drips off your fork, the less will puddle on the cookie sheet!

  7. Dorothy! You are so cute. This is exactly how I pictured your voice! My cookbook publisher wants me to put a tutorial video on my blog and it it makes me so nervous! I don’t even know where to start with it. But regarding the subject – truffle dipping. So helpful! Never knew that Bakerella hand tapping trick (vs tapping onto the tupperware directly). Incredible Dorothy, thanks for putting in the time to make this!! You make me feel better about creating a video myself.

    1. I hated it. I hate my voice and being on camera. But I think it actually turned out good. You’d be great on video! Just talk about something you know a lot about and it’ll be natural!

  8. You are the cutest! So fun to see you on video. I had no idea of the Bakerella tapping method. I’ll have to try that sometime.