LEARN HOW TO COLOR WHITE CHOCOLATE OR CONFECTIONERY COATING TO USE TO PAINT CANDY MOLDS OR DECORATE HANDMADE CHOCOLATES
Before your read this information about how to color white chocolate and confectionery coating, you might want to read the Chocolate Making Tips page that gives all the detailed information about different types of chocolate and how to melt them.
Pure white chocolate is off white or even cream colored and can be colored using food coloring that is specifically made to color chocolate. You can also add candy coloring to confectionery coatings, which are also known as Candy Melts, Candy Melts, Melting Chocolate, Almond Bark, or Candy Coating.
Candy coating is available in white, which is typically off white, and bright white, which is a true white color. It’s also available in a rainbow of colors.
If you need to use a large amount of one color I suggest buying the colored wafers. If not, then you can just melt down white wafers and color them yourself. Some colors are hard to achieve, however, like dark red and green, so I also suggest buying the colored wafers.
There are several manufacturers that make colored candy coatings that can be purchased from craft stores, candy and cake making shops, or on-line. These colored candy wafers are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales on all affiliate links on this page.)
To color white chocolate or confectionery coating, first you need to melt it, and temper it, if using pure chocolate. See the Chocolate Making Tips page for detailed instructions.
To Color Chocolate or Candy Coatings Use:
- oil based candy coloring (specifically formulated for chocolate/candy)
- powdered candy coloring
Do not use:
- liquid food coloring
- icing coloring (water based coloring)
Candy coloring can be found at craft and cake decorating stores or online.
You can find these brands of chocolate coloring on Amazon.com
HOW TO COLOR WHITE CHOCOLATE OR CONFECTIONERY COATING/CANDY MELTS
- If you are using candy coloring in a squeeze bottle, squeeze in a small amount of coloring at a time and stir well. Add more coloring if needed to achieve the desired shade.
- If using powdered color, sprinkle some over top and stir in. Add more as needed.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR COLORING CONFECTIONERY COATING/CANDY MELTS
- If you add coloring and your coating becomes thick, add a small amount of Paramount Crystals or Wilton EZ Thin, stirring after each addition until thin and smooth. These products are solid fats that will help thin your candy coating, but still allow the coating to set up hard. In a pinch you can add shortening or vegetable oil, but the candy might be a bit soft when hardened.
- Pure white chocolate and many types of white confectionery coating are not pure white, they are more cream colored which will effect the final color of your candy. If you want true colors, you’ll need to purchase bright white candy coating.
- Candy colored bright pink or lilac will fade. Don’t ask me why this happens, but it does. I suggest purchasing colored pink candy wafers. They will hold their vibrant color and wont fade nearly as much.
- If you are using candy coloring from a jar, stick a toothpick into the jar, pull out some coloring and stir it into the candy coating. DO NOT put the toothpick back in the jar of coloring or you will contaminate the coloring. Use a new toothpick every time you want to get more coloring.
HOW TO HAND PAINT LOLLIPOPS USING CONFECTIONERY COATING/CANDY MELTS
- electric skillet (this will make this process so easy)
- glass jars, coffee mugs, or drinking glasses
- paint brushes (use new or food only brushes, I recommend plastic handle brushes)
- candy molds
Here are some of my favorite tools for making candy lollipops
You can create lollipops for every holiday and special occasion.
The company that made many of the Easter molds I used in this tutorial, sadly has gone out of business. So, many of these molds are no longer available, but there are many more that you can choose from, like these:
Not only can you make lollipops using this painting method, but you can also use it to paint other candies like…
chocolate Easter bunnies, lambs, carrots, chicks and more. Cute, right?
The technique will work to make candies for any holiday or special occasion. You can find candy molds for just about anything, these days.
Chocolate lollipops look great packaged in clear cellophane bags tied with a ribbon.
Melting Confectionery Coating in a Skillet: (my preferred method)
Fill an electric skillet with some hot water and set the temperature to “WARM”. Fill glass jars, coffee mugs, or ramekins with the confectionery coating wafers.
Place the jars in the water filled skillet. Make sure the water comes up about half way on your shortest jar. As the wafers heat up, stir them occasionally until smooth.
You can melt the candy coating in the microwave then set the jars in the skillet if you’d like to speed things up. Then pour the melted candy into the jars and set in the water bath in the skillet.
You can keep your candy coating melted all day using this method, just stir the coating throughout the day to keep the coating near the top of the jar from hardening. And be sure to replenish the water with more hot water as it evaporates.
Most importantly, be careful that you don’t spill water in the chocolate, or it will seize up and become too thick to use. So, if you pick up a jar to move it closer to you, put a towel under the jar as you move it, so drops of water don’t end up in other jars of coating.
Create all of the colors you want to use in your lollipops. For Easter, I like to use pastel colors for some of the pops and more vibrant colors for others. You can adjust colors while you are working by adding more coloring (for brighter colors)or by stirring in some white candy coating (for more pastel colors).
Get your candy molds and paintbrushes together and clean out your freezer, so you have some space to place the molds.
Before you begin painting, decide what colors you want to use for the features and what color you want for the background. If you choose to make a white bunny, do not paint any of the features white, as they will just blend into the background color.
You can paint all or just some of the features on your mold. Here I started by painting the mouth with bright pink coating.
Dip a paintbrush into the coating and dab it into the indentation on the candy mold. Add more coating to your brush as needed to fill in the entire indented area.
By dabbing the chocolate (top of image) you will end up with a nice opaque area. If you brush the chocolate on (bottom of image), it will harden, streak, and leave you with a see-through area. Also, always dip your brush into melted chocolate and not along the sides of the jar, so that you get nicely melted chocolate.
If you end up with hardened chocolate on your brush, just dip it in the melted chocolate and allow it to sit for a minute to melt away the hardened chocolate from the brush.
Using a different paint brush for each color, paint more details on the candy mold.
I used a lighter pink for the bunny’s nose and milk chocolate for the eyes. I wanted to create a layered effect for the bow tie. In order to layer the colors, I first painted on the yellow polka dots, then put the mold into the freezer for 2-3 minutes to harden the yellow dots. Any time you want to create layers of color, start with the color that will be on top, in this case the polka dots.
When you remove the mold from the freezer, it will be very cold and look very cloudy. Allow it to warm to room temperature before proceeding.
For the areas that require two colors, paint the next layer of color directly over the first layer. I painted purple on top of my yellow (or in this case, green) polka dots.
Carefully turn the mold over and look to see if you have covered the entire area. I have a bit of purple yet to paint onto my bow tie (see the lower right side of the bow.) After fixing the bow tie, I painted the ears (not shown) then put the candy mold back in the freezer for a few minutes.
Before filling the mold, allow the mold to warm up to room temperature.
Then spoon whatever colored coating you’ve decide to use for the background into the mold. I usually spoon some in, then tap the mold gently on the table, allowing the candy coating to spread and fill in areas like the ears.
It’s best not to overfill the mold, so tap gently as you go. Once the mold is filled, you need to tap it on the table a few times to remove any air bubbles that may have formed.
Don’t fill in the indentation that is for the lollipop stick.
If you do overfill your mold, you can use your finger to wipe off the excess candy or wait until the candy is hardened and you will be able to shave it off with a knife.
Add a lollipop stick by setting the stick in the indentation and gently pressing it into the candy. Use your finger to roll the stick around so it gets completely coated in the candy.
Place the lollipop in the freezer for 5-8 minutes. It may take a bit longer, if you are opening and closing your freezer a lot during the process.
As the candy coating cools and hardens it will shrink slightly and retract from the mold.
You can tell if the lollipop is hardened by carefully holding the mold up over your head and checking to see that the candy is one even color. If you see dark spots, that means the candy is still wet in those areas. Freeze the candy for a few minutes longer.
You can also check to see if the lollipops are ready by very gently tugging on the lollipop stick. If the chocolate moves, it should come out of the mold easily. If it sticks, it is not ready. Don’t tug too hard, or you may pull a lollipop out before it is completely hardened.
To un-mold your candy, you have a few options
- Gently tug on the stick and pull the candy out of the mold
- Place your hand over the candy, turn the mold upside down and allow the candy to fall out of the mold into your hand.
- Place a baking sheet over the candy, turn the mold and the baking sheet upside down allowing the candy to fall out onto the baking sheet.
If you have overfilled the candy mold and the lollipop has excess candy around the edges, allow the candy to warm up to room temperature. Then use a small knife to carefully cut off the excess candy.
If you have a lot of excess chocolate and it is very thick, you may want to heat up your knife by running it under really hot water (then drying it) or by holding the knife blade over a flame. Then as you cut off the excess, the knife will melt the chocolate as you go, making it easier to remove.
Brush off any crumbs using a pastry brush.
Store your lollipops in a cool place preferably in an airtight container.
You can package them in clear cellophane bagsand tie them with a colorful bow.
I oftentimes will paint my candy molds with this colored candy coating, then fill the molds with pure tempered chocolate. Sometimes the painted features pop off, but for the most part it works.
If you color white chocolate you must keep it tempered in order to paint it into the candy molds, so the electric skillet method wont work well.
If you do decide to use pure white chocolate, there is another alternative to coloring the actual white chocolate. Instead, you can paint your molds with melted and colored cocoa butter. You can keep the cocoa butter melted in the electric skillet, but you don’t want it to get hotter than 91 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use the colored cocoa butter to paint the molds. It will dry quickly then you can pour melted and tempered pure chocolate over top. Let that harden, then pop it out of the mold.
There are so many fun projects you can make using colored white chocolate or colored candy melts in addition to painted lollipops. Check out the step-by-step tutorials to make all of these…
Chocolate Caramel Fudge Chicks • Grinch Candy Cups • Sunshine Cookie Pops
Santa Suit Candy Cups • Mickey Mouse Safari Pops • Inside Out Caramel Apples
Candy Corn Cones • Candy Leprechaun Hats • Hollow White Chocolate Chicks
You can also color white chocolate or colored candy melts to make modeling chocolate.
Be sure to check out my modeling chocolate recipe and trouble shooting tips page.