WRITTEN BY TARA BLOCK
Fancy Sprinkles® founder Lisa Stelly is so over messy kitchens. “All bakers know, the cleanup is the worst part.” she said. “You have to use so many different tools. It’s a cleanup nightmare, especially when kids are involved.” So she thought, how can we spend less time doing dishes and cleaning up messes and more time doing the fun part, decorating?
First up on Stelly’s make-baking-sh!t-easier list? Reinvent meltable candy wafers, aka “the bane of every baker’s existence,” with a product that simplifies the process thanks to multi-use packaging and a smart design that takes into account how bakers (or in Lisa’s case, decorators) actually use them.
Introducing the hot new girl in town, Easy Candy™.
Fancy Sprinkles’ just-released product, Easy Candy™, is a fresh take on candy wafers, aka candy melts which are a vanilla-flavored alternative to chocolate that can be melted down and used for cake pops, cakesicles, dipping pretzels or Oreos, and any other treat that has a hard candy coating or shell. It’s sweet without having an overwhelming white, dark, or milk chocolate flavor, and it’s easier to use than chocolate, which can be fragile and high maintenance. (If you’ve watched The Great British Bake Off, you know what I mean.)
Traditional brands sell these as wafers, but Easy Candy™ is actually chips, one of Stelly’s clever tweaks to the product. “I thought, why do they have to be these giant wafers? They melt slower, they’re hard to measure if you put them in a measuring cup because there’s so much space in between each one,” Stelly said. “So I said, let’s turn it into a mini chocolate chip size. That way it melts faster and you can measure it easier.”
Besides the chip shape, Stelly’s other big innovation with Easy Candy is the convenient all-in-one packaging. It’s designed to cut down on dish use and time, taking the guesswork out of the melting process.
Before Easy Candy™, you’d have to open up a bag of wafers, measure out how many you want, put them in a heat-safe bowl, either put it over a double boiler or put it in the microwave, then you have to take it out, get a spatula, stir it, put it back in the microwave, take it out, stir it again, and if your bowl absorbs heat and you heat the candy too fast, it’ll seize up and get hard. This inconsistency was one of Stelly’s biggest pet peeves.
“I got tired of dirtying so many bowls when I used candy wafers,” Stelly said. “I’d put them in one bowl and they’d come out perfect. Then I’d warm up another set and they’d seize up because the bowl got too hot. Now this one’s defunct and I have dried candy in a bowl that I have to soak now. It’s just so annoying.”
Three words: microwavable piping bag. Yep, Easy Candy™ chips actually come in a piping bag you can just pop in the microwave to melt.
“The bag is now your piping bag, it’s your mixing tool, and it’s your bowl, all in one,” said Stelly. “You just put the whole bag in the microwave, you microwave it for 20-30 seconds, you take out the bag, it should be barely warm by that point, and then you just use your hands to massage the chips around. Then you put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds, take it out, and it should be completely melted by then.”
Simply snip the tip of the bag to drizzle or cut further up on the bag to create a bigger hole to pour into silicone molds for cake pops, cakesicles, etc. No more spooning it out from bowls and getting drizzled candy everywhere.
Zero dirty dishes, no scrubbing hardened candy off the counter. Booyah.
Once you’re done, store the bag in a cool place, and you can re-microwave the leftovers. They’re good for up to three reheats.
The early feedback from Fancy Sprinkles’ professional bakers pretty much sums it up: “This is genius.”
If you can’t wait to get your hands on Easy Candy and want to learn more about it, check out Easy Candy in action on Fancy Sprinkles’ YouTube page here: