For small amounts of Candy Melts, use a microwave. For a 12-ounce package, use a double boiler. For 3 1/2 to 5 pounds at a time, a slow cooker is ideal.
If using the microwave, use a glass measuring cup. Make sure all utensils are dry before beginning.
Place the candy in the measuring cup and microwave on defrost for 1 minute. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time then stir until the mixture is fully melted.
Put water in the bottom pan and heat until small bubbles form. Remove the pan from heat. Put candy discs in the top pan, stirring continuously until melted.
To melt 3 1/2 to 5 pounds of candy, set the slow cooker on low. Put in one package of candy. Stir frequently and after 20 minutes, add another package. Again, stir frequently until melted. Repeat to a total of up to 5 pounds. Melting time for 5 pounds is about 45 minutes.
Coating is ready when the consistency looks like pudding. For all techniques, do not use high temperatures or long melting times; the candy becomes thick if overheated. If the melted candy becomes too thick, add 2 teaspoons solid vegetable shortening for each 12 ounces of candy.