- Compound chocolate is less-expensive non-chocolate product replacement made from a combination of cocoa, vegetable fat, and sweeteners. It is also referred to as “compound coating”, “summer coating” or “chocolatey coating” when used as a candy coating. It can be bought in blocks or as wafers.
- Compound chocolate is most often used in lower-grade candy bars. Less-expensive hard vegetable and tropical oils are added in place of cocoa butter. Coconut oil and palm oil are the two most common oils found in this product. Neither is particularly healthy, to boot.
- However, on the upside, not only is this product cheaper, but tempering is not required. It is simply warmed to between 3 °C and 5 °C above the coating’s melting point.