Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tips for Chocolate Molds

I found a bunch of chocolate molds on clearance at Joann not to long ago and I bought them all up. I had never used chocolate molds before but they were so cheap I bought them anyway. I made some chocolate bunny pops for my daughter's Easter basket and they were a huge hit. They were very simple to make and inexpensive. You just need a couple of items: chocolate mold, chocolate (I used the Wilton candy melts), squeeze bottles (I used the small Wilton ones), and Popsicle sticks (if you plan on making pops). Here are some of the tips I learned after my first batch.

First wash and dry thoroughly your chocolate molds. Then melt your candy as per the directions and place it in a squeeze bottle. I always try not to melt to much at a time because once the chocolate is melted any leftover that I don't use gets thrown away. I have found that the Wilton squeeze bottles work best for putting the chocolate in the molds since the tip is so fine. The first time I used a pastry bag and it was a disaster.

Fill your mold about 3/4 full and then tap the tray on the counter to get the air bubbles out. If you need to add more make sure you tap the tray afterward. Put the tray in the freezer so the chocolate will set. I usually leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes. To get them out of the mold gently twist the tray, they should pop right off. If they don't that means they aren't ready yet and place them back in the freezer.

If you need to step away from your melted chocolate make sure you put the squeeze bottle inside a cup with hot water in it. This will keep the chocolate melted. Also make sure that if you didn't fill your bottle to the top you place the lid on the bottle, turn it upside down, and tap it on the counter to get all the chocolate to the top. If you are using different colors an air bubble in your bottle could cause your colors to mix.

Make sure to soak any dishes, spoons, or squeeze bottles that have melted or hardened chocolate in water overnight. This helps to get the chocolate off before I put them in the dishwasher.

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