What is Parowax


Questions and Answers – Paraffin Wax, Parawax, Baker’s Wax, or Cooking Wax




I have a question about cooking wax.  I need some for a recipe.  I have searched several local grocery stores, with no luck.  I have found “household wax” used for canning and sealing, but I assume these are two different compounds and are not interchangeable.



Paraffin Wax, Parowax, Baker’s Wax, or Cooking Wax – It is classified as a chemical preservative, is widely used on fruits, vegetables, and candy to make them shiny and pretty and to retard moisture loss and spoilage. Paraffin is still commonly used to seal home-canned jellies and jams.

You can find paraffin wax in your grocery store where canning jars and supplies are sold.



I would appreciate directions for fruit dipped in chocolate that contains paraffin or some ingredient that will prevent it (chocolate) from becoming a melted mess in our semi-tropical climate.



Using paraffin wax in chocolate candy making:  

Use 1/4 bar (1-ounce) paraffin wax per 1 (12-ounce) package of semisweet chocolate chips.


ParowaxI use parowax also when making some Christmas candies.  Just melt it with the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot water.

Check out my favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe that I use parowax when making them.


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2 Responses to “What is Parowax”

  1. Luvtocook

    Does parowax keep, and how long will it still be ok to use in candy making?

    • Linda Stradley

      From what I have read, it appears to have a very long shelf life. Parowax is a food-grade paraffin wax that is edible. Parowax is most used in making chocolate candies. Some recipes call for adding paraffin so the chocolate so the chocolate will Harden with a sheen.


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