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  1. What is candy melts?

    Candy melts are a product that are often recommended for easy candy making or coating cake pops with a chocolatey coating. They come in many colours and have a plain, vaguely milky vanilla flavour . There are many different candy melt products and I'm going to discuss the pros & cons of each brand.Many people make the mistake of thinking that these are chocolate, since they’re recommended for candy making, but these melts are not chocolate. They’re primarily made with a combination of sugar and vegetable fats – not cocoa butter.

    Candy melts are easy to use – just melt and dip – and they come in a wide variety of colours, which makes it easy to decorate with them and achieve a wide variety of looks. Since they are not chocolate, so they don’t need to be tempered. Candy melts will set up with the same look and texture after they have been melted and allowed to harden again, once harden you can remelt to use again.

     

    Wilton candy melts

    7BBED155-0CC7-4142-A951-C41B1CEAA489These were the first candy melts I started using when I first made cake pops and were readily available in craft stores.

    Pros

    • Available in a variety of Colours
    • Readily available in craft or baking stores
    • reasonable price

     

     

    Cons

    • Really sweet
    • Very thick when melted (will need a lot of thinning out)

    Merckens Candy melts 

    67F0F5B8-A3D0-45A9-AC46-7B4B48E80B91 Pros

    • Melts really nicely & is easy to use
    • Tastes really nice, almost like chocolate 
    • can buy in bulk
    • Drys really quickly

    Cons

    • Hard to get hold of & therefore making them expensive 

     

     

    Deco Melts

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     I started using this brand when I could no longer get hold of the melts that I loved using

    Pros

    • Readily available 
    • Available in various colours 
    • melts easily & no need to thin it out
    • tastes nice
    • Great for first time poppers

    Cons

    • Because it is so thin I found the cake pops seemed to crack once dry, which is very frustrating when dealing with massive orders.

    Yolli Candy Melts

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    These are the candy melts I'm currently using for making cake pops & I use in my kits. I have found that these are east to use for both myself & budding bakers.

    Pros

    • Taste nice 
    • Easy to use
    • melt nicely 
    • Can order in bulk

    Cons

    • If you are not used to colouring candy melts they are only available in white

    PME Candy melts

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     I loved using these candy melts but found them hard to get hold of during the pandemic.

    Pros

    • Available in variety of colours & some flavours
    • Easy to use
    • Melts nicely 

    Cons

    • Hard to get hold of 

     

    There are lot of other brands of candy melts out there and you may find some are easier to use than others. My favourites are Yolli candy melts which I colour myself & PME which again although they are available in different colours I tend to buy the white melt and colour them myself as well.

     

     

     

     

  2. How did Popadoodledoo begin? Well it started when I was planning my wedding & I thought they would make great favours for our wedding guest. Luckily I was so busy making everything else I didn't get round to making them for my wedding but I had all the stuff.

    Flash forward to Halloween & the boys wanted to make them, I thought why not it will be fun but actually what I didn't realise was there was tips & tricks to making them (that's another blog)

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    Here is my first attempt at cake pops & as you can see they are a little messy 

     

    Not to be beaten by cake pops I booked myself on a course to learn how to make them & thats where I learnt the tips to make the perfect cake pop. 

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    As you can see a massive improvement & this is where my love for cake pops began 

    It was at this point I really started to play around & loved these little treats the creativeness that they brought too.

    Popadoodledoo was born but how do you get your products seen?

    For me I applied for my local markets starting at Newbury market first, then Thatcham market & finally Thames valley farmers markets. I absolutely loved the markets because I got to see customers reactions the smiles on their faces as they chose their cake pops, but not only that I made friends for life too! 20ED6043-BD6E-46ED-BC86-BE55B5B5AA2E

     Here I am at Newbury market in my pink gazebo

    I then applied for Yumbles & Not on the high street which I was excepted by both (it took me 4 attempts with not on the high street) I know make to order as I found that is what works best for my business & I never thought I would be as busy as I am now but thanks to an amazing business coach & amazing lady that helps organise me I've grown an amazing online business that just goes from strength to strength.

     

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    My best seller on Not on the high street are these unicorn popsicles

     

    My advice is if you have a passion for something then go for it, what have you got to lose!