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What to do with Leftover Melted Candy Melts or Chocolate

March 8, 2012
I have a bad habit of over-estimating the amount of candy melts and/or chocolate I need for a recipe.  Whether it’s for dipping cake lollipops, or drizzling over a dessert, I always seem to have some leftover.  I used to just throw it away, but it got to a point where it felt as if I was throwing money away.  Finally I realized that I could save it.
At first, I would just through it all into a container but then it would harden in this huge block that was hard to handle.  Then I tried saving it in the squirt bottles, but that was even worse.  Finally I got the idea that I could just form the candy melts/chocolate back into the shape that I received them – small rounds.  
What I did was carefully spoon the melted candy melts/chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat (or parchment paper if you don’t own a silicone mat).  I swirled the candy melt/chocolate into a small, flat round.  Then I kept creating these small rounds until I ran out of the candy melt/chocolate. I let the rounds cool until completely hardened, and then peeled them off the mat and stored them in a sealed container (or plastic baggie). 
It was as if I never used them in the first place.  Now I am able to store them easily and have them readily available to use for a different dessert/project.  
Now I never have to throw melted candy melts or chocolate away.  I’m so happy I thought of this idea!  And my wallet is especially happy :).  The best part is that it couldn’t be easier.  A quick, easy, and money-saving solution – the best kind!

What to do with Leftover Melted Candy Melts or Chocolate
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Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.  Using a spoon, carefully scoop a small spoonful of the melted candy melts or chocolate.  Carefully drop the melted candy melts/chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet into a small round.  Gently swirl the spoon onto the round to make sure it is round and flat.  Repeat with remaining candy melts or chocolate.
Allow the rounds to dry completely, about 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Once dry, carefully peel up the candy/chocolate rounds.  Place the rounds in a sealed container or plastic baggie.  Store the candy/chocolate in a dark, cool place. 
Now you are ready to use the candy melts/chocolate again whenever you need them.

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  • Joanne March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I overestimate ALL THE TIME also and this is such a genius idea! Totally doing this from now on.

  • Anonymous March 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    That’s such a great and simple idea!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day March 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    This is brilliant, Krissy!! 

  • Mai Nguyen March 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Great idea! This just may come in handy this weekend when I make the cake lollipops!! Thank you. (:

  • Mai Nguyen March 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Also! Better to overestimate to underestimate! And now all the overestimating doesn’t have to go to waste. (:

  • Shannon @ Family Bites March 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Totally having one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments!!! Awesome idea.

  • Choc Chip Uru March 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Fabulous delicious idea my friend – though admittedly I am prone to just eating the leftover candy 😉

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Brown Butter Mixed M&M Chewy Cookies

  • Kiri W. March 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Lovely idea! 🙂 I have the same problem and am frugal enough to take you up on this idea.

  • Lauren at Keep it Sweet March 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I never thought of that and have wasted so much chocolate up until now, what a fantastic idea!

  • Jaime @ Jaim's Kitchen March 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    We are kindred souls in the melted chocolate world! They are great too sprinkled with chopped fruits and nuts 🙂

  • Audra March 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    What a great idea Krissy! I hate throwing that stuff away!

  • Kristin March 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    What a great idea!  I’m always looking for way to save ingredients so I don’t have to throw them out!

  • Julie @ Table for Two March 9, 2012 at 12:45 am

    uhhh, this is SO smart. I throw away tons of chocolate and candy melts and i really can’t believe i didn’t even think of this. YOU’RE AWESOME! 🙂

  • BigFatBaker March 9, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Great idea!!! I would have never thought… It was annoying me to always eat/throw away all that chocolate too. I am definitely going to try this next time. 

  • Baker Street March 9, 2012 at 5:42 am

    love how easy this is to execute. Great idea I say!! 

  • Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos March 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    What a great idea!

  • Sandra March 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Great idea, better than me pouring the melted chips in a container.

  • amy donovan March 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    smart idea! i confess, i always just throw out the leftover melted candy melts/chocolate, because i wasn’t quite sure what to do with ’em. now i know! =)

  • Krissy's Creations March 13, 2012 at 1:41 am

     I’d do the same thing! But not anymore 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations March 13, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Totally! I did that a couple times and it really didn’t work well.

  • Krissy's Creations March 13, 2012 at 1:42 am

     Thanks Julie!

  • Krissy's Creations March 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Me to!  So I had to think of something 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations March 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

     Me too!  And that’s how I thought of this!

  • Krissy's Creations March 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

     I have those moments all the time! Haha

  • Krissy's Creations March 13, 2012 at 1:44 am

     Your so so right!

  • Krissy's Creations March 13, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Thanks Cassie!

  • Krissy's Creations March 13, 2012 at 1:44 am

    So do I! All the time!

  • Isa June 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Thank you so much, you saved my cake pop live!
    Greetings from Vienna/Austria/Europe


  • Lanisa November 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    This is a life changer idea for me! I am always making cake pops and I hate wasting the left over! Thank you!