Hi Jessie- I usually use the candy melts, but you can use chocolate chips. You do need to add some shortening to it (I’d use Crisco), otherwise it’ll get lumpy. The proportions I found on-line were 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips to 2 Tbsp shortening.Click to see full answer. Furthermore, can you use chocolate chips in place of candy melts?You can use Wilton Candy Melts or a bag of chocolate chips. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of solid shortening to the candy melts or chocolate chips. Stir as the chocolate begins to melt. is candy coating the same as white chocolate? Both candy coating and white chocolate contain sugar, milk powder, lecithin and vanilla, but white chocolate uses cocoa butter for its fat while coatings and chips use palm oil. The palm oil is hydrogenated to make more solid at room temperature and more like cocoa butter. Beside above, what can I use in place of candy melts? there is a good substitute for candy melt and that is white chocolate. You just need to melt it over water bath or microwave gently with a small amount of shortening or crisco and will work fine like candy melt.What is the difference between candy melts and chocolate chips?The candy melts already have oil added to them, chocolate chips don’t have any oil added.