Melted chocolate can be of great use when decorating cakes, cupcakes, and is essential when making cake pops. One great way to make sure your chocolate is nice and smooth and ready for dipping is with the Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot.
Why Use The Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot?
I think one of the biggest frustrations when it comes to melting chocolate is over heating it.
You know your chocolate is over-heated when it starts to clump and plop off the spoon or starts to harden and look cracked. This happens a lot when using the microwave as your melting source, though the microwave can make the process quicker if you are in a hurry.
Using a double-boiler may make it easier to heat the chocolate slower without over-heating it, but then you have to be careful with simmering/boiling water and the steam it produces, especially if you do not have a proper double-boiler.
With the Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot, you just plug it in, pour in the Candy Melts, Almond Bark, or chocolate chips and switch it on to “Melt”. Using the melting pot, it can take longer to melt the chocolate as compared to the microwave but the nice thing about it is the “Warm” feature. Once the chocolate is melted, you switch it to “warm” and it stays melted without getting too hot. With a microwave and double boiler, you will have to reheat it periodically to re-melt the chocolate.
Uses for the Melting Pot
There are many great ways to use the Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot. One of the biggest ways to use it is for making cake pops. Cake pops have been rising in popularity over the past several years and the melting pot is a fast and easy way to dip your cake pops to coat them with chocolate. If you wish to learn a little bit more about cake pops, just head over to my Cake Pops Tutorial.
Check out my post, How Wilton Chocolate Melting Pots are Bringing Sexy Back – 6 Great Uses For Melted Chocolate, to learn of some great chocolate treats using this melting pot.
So, now that you know all about the features to this great product, how does it hold up to the Cake Decorating Mommy test? Let’s hash this out.
- Melts chocolate fairly quick
- Has the “Warm” feature so your chocolate will stay melted but not over-heat
- Has a pour spout
- Outside of the melter does not get hot
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Not very deep – it can only hold about 2 1/2 cups of chocolate. You need to fill it to the Max line to properly dip a cake pop.
- Handle is covered in a plastic to keep it from getting too hot to grab but the plastic breaks pretty easy.
My Opinion: I find, despite the fact that this pot doesn’t hold a TON of chocolate, that I use it for all my melting chocolate needs. It is easy to dump the chocolate in the melting pot, turn it on, and walk away to do whatever else I need to. I have just learned that, if I am making cake pops, I need to fill the sucker to the top, but honestly, it isn’t a huge inconvenience. Yes, I wish it was deeper, especially so you can use it to dip pretzel rods, but in turn, that would be a whole lot of chocolate left over. Over all, I find that it is a useful piece of equipment to have in your baking closet if you plan to use melted chocolate a lot. But it is by no means a must have item. Using the microwave, double boiler, or just a glass bowl over simmering water is still a fine way to get the same results.
If you have any questions about this product, please feel free to ask in the comments below. I would love to hear your opinion about the Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot or telling me your preferred way to melt chocolate.