18 Jun|Categories: Chocolate
Beautifully molded chocolates are easy to make when you know how to use a chocolate mold! Our large selection of plastic chocolate molds gives you limitless options for party favors, DIY wedding favors, Birthday treats, and more.
This guide will get you on your way to creating beautiful chocolates.
How to use a chocolate mold
You’ll need at least one chocolate mold to get started. We’ve got every type of chocolate mold you can think of from basic chocolate bar molds to baby shower chocolate molds, and all occasions in between.
How to Melt Merckens Candy Coatings
We believe the best chocolate for molds is Merckens Candy Coatings. These candy melts are rich and creamy and melt easily, making them easy to use with chocolate molds. Once melted, Merckens can go right into candy molds-- no tempering required.
Merckens candy coatings come in three different flavors, milk chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate. They also come in a variety of colors that have a delicious white chocolate vanilla flavor.
In the microwave melt half a pound of candy coatings in a disposable pastry bag (place a paper towel underneath to avoid any messes) Microwave for 20 to 30 seconds at a time. Move candy coatings around in the pastry bag to distribute any hot spots in between intervals. Once melted, snip the very end of the bag leaving a small opening. See HERE for detailed instructions to melt merckens candy coatings)
Cut the tip of the bag just enough to allow the chocolate to flow freely from the pastry bag, but you should still have some control.
Why use a disposable pastry bag?
A spoon is useful, but sometimes a little messy leaving excess chocolate on the edges that you’ll need to remove from your finished chocolates using a paring knife.
We use 12-inch disposable pastry bags to fill our chocolate molds, it keeps things neat and tidy and makes for easy cleanup
How to Fill a chocolate mold
Fill each cavity of the candy mold with melted chocolate, try not to overfill, chocolate should not come up over the edge. Fill all of the cavities and tap the tray down gently onto your workspace to release air bubbles and bring them to the top.
Place in the refrigerator; chocolate usually takes 10 to 20 minutes to set in the fridge and harden. Smaller chocolate molds may take less time to set up, and larger chocolate molds could take the full 20 minutes.
Release the Chocolates from the Mold
Check the bottom of the mold, is it white and cloudy? If so, your chocolate candy is hardened and has started to pull away from the mold, and it’s ready to release!
Does it still look wet and pressed against the mold? Your chocolate may need some more time to harden.
Once hardened, carefully flip the chocolate mold over onto a paper towel. Keep the mold close to the work surface (no skydiving chocolates!) and give it a little tap if they won’t release right away.
If you have trouble getting chocolate to release from molds, you can place it in the freezer for up to 5 minutes. Sometimes it needs to be extra cold!
Dull finish or White Streaking
Molded chocolates should have a beautiful shine, but if they look a little dull, it might be because the chocolates need more time in the fridge. Although they may look hardened, sometimes they need just a little longer.
Noticing white streaks? White streaks happen when candy melts have gotten a little too warm during melting, this separates the fats and creates a streaky finish.
Try remelting the chocolate and stirring it a little extra.
How to use candy molds with different colors
If you want to paint different colors in your chocolate mold, you’ll need plastic bristle paint brushes. Regular soft paint brushes leave behind fine hairs and will get ruined if the chocolate hardens.
Paint different details inside the chocolate mold using merckens colored candy coatings. You can purchase individual colors, or a rainbow mix bag if you only need a few chips of each color.If you’re only melting a couple of chips to paint with, use a small bowl that is equivalent in size to the amount of chocolate you are melting. Little glass prep bowls work great! Melt in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds at a time and stir in between intervals.
You could also invest in a heated candy melter palette to make the job easier!
Using a plastic bristled candy brush, in a dabbing motion, paint the areas inside the mold where you would like a color. Let each color dry before applying the next.
Cotton swabs and toothpicks work well for cleaning up edges and mistakes.
It's important to make sure the painted areas have a thick coating of chocolate. Check the thickness by hold the mold up to the light, if you can see through the chocolate, add another coat.
When you’re finished painting the mold, let it cool off in the refrigerator for about one to two minutes.
After the mold has chilled for a few minutes, pour melted candy coatings over the top of your painted design and fill to the top. This will be your solid colored base. Let harden in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes.
How to Clean Chocolate Molds
Make sure chocolate molds are clean, dry, and polished up before using! We recommend polishing the cavities of your chocolate molds between uses with a clean and dry paper towel.
To clean chocolate candy molds use warm (not hot) soapy water and a soft cloth, dry and polish right away. Never put chocolate molds in the dishwasher, the high heat will warp the plastic.
No need to spray or coat chocolate molds to make chocolate not stick, if it’s fully hardened chocolate will easily release on its own.
How to store molded chocolates
You can make chocolates up to 1 month ahead of time. Store finished pieces in a plastic container, and keep in a dark, cool, dry place, away from any humidity or moisture.
It’s not recommended to store chocolate in the refrigerator; it can cause it to sweat and get sticky. If storing in your fridge is your only option, you can do so, but bring them out to room temperature before handling, open the container the chocolates are stored in and let the condensation/stickiness dry up before touching.
11 Jun|Categories: Cake and cupcakes
Making gum paste roses can be tough and time-consuming--even for the best cake decorator. We’ve got something to help! Our rose cutter set helps you make roses in minutes. All you need is the cutter and gum paste.
Not only does this make quick work of gum paste roses, it also solves the problem of getting a consistent size and look. Use this cutter once and it’ll be your new best friend.
What You’ll Need
Make gum glue by adding ¼ teaspoon tylose powder to 2 tablespoons warm water. Mix well breaking up lumps. Cover and place in the refrigerator to set up to a syrupy consistency for a few hours or preferably overnight.
Color gum paste to desired shade using gel food coloring such as AmeriColor. Add a couple drops of coloring to gum paste and knead it in. We recommend wearing plastic gloves when coloring sugar paste!
Sprinkle work surface with a moderate dusting of cornstarch and roll out a thin piece of gum paste about a 1/8 of an inch thick.
Use the size cutter of your choice (our set includes three different sizes) and press down into the gum paste. Remove excess.
Note: If your piece of gum paste is drying out too quickly, or looks powdery, rub a dab of vegetable shortening into fingertips and lightly brush away any excess cornstarch using your fingers.
Move your gum paste cut-out to a foam flower pad. Use the ball tool to lightly roll over the edges of the petals just until they curl up. The foam pad cushions the pedals helping them not to rip.
Brush a thin line of gum glue down the center and fold in half lengthwise.
Start rolling from one end to the other, lightly pulling the petals downward to open the rose.
Once you get to the end, secure it using a little gum glue. If you'd like another row of petals to make a larger, fuller rose, repeat the above steps (Steps one through 4) then use gum glue to attach one end to the rose you created previously, and begin rolling the second piece of gum paste around the rose.
Set aside to dry for about 24 hours.
21 May|Categories: Chocolate
Want to make something sweet for Dad this Father’s Day, but haven’t a clue what he’ll love?
We’ve got you covered with 5 unique ideas for Father’s Day using chocolate molds.
Just pick one (or all) of these ideas, grab some Merckens Candy Melts, a Chocolate mold, and get started!
There’s one thing most dads have in common, they have a sweet tooth!
1. His favorite chocolate bar, make it custom just for him!
2. A fun lollipop telling him he’s your number one.
These lollipops are easy to make, paint the letters with melted colored Merckens coatings, place melted coatings into pastry bags and fill “Dad” outline with melted chocolate.
Let harden for about 5 minutes in the refrigerator. Pour melted milk, white, or dark candy coatings right over top.
Add lollipop sticks, turning the sticks in the mold to cover in melted Merckens, and refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Remove the pops from the mold. If you feel like it, be a little extra and wrap these lollipops in fancy cello bags.
Pro tip: when painting on the letters, keep them neat and tidy, by using a q-tip to clean up melted chocolate that’s gone outside the lines.
3. Make Dad an extra large peanut butter cup fit for the king that he is!
This giant peanut butter cup mold is always a huge hit! It’s 4-inches wide and holds lots of yummy peanut butter filling.
To get started making homemade chocolate peanut butter cups all you’ll need is a mold, some merckens candy coatings in milk, white, or dark, and a GREAT peanut butter filling recipe.
See HERE to make our peanut butter filling recipe, it’s the best, and Dad will LOVE it! If you have leftovers that you don’t want to mold, Just roll the leftover peanut butter filling into balls and dip into melted merckens candy coatings. Peanut butter balls are an extra treat you can give to Dad, or keep for yourself!
One batch of peanut butter filling will make four giant peanut butter cups.
Not sure how to make a chocolate peanut butter cup? See how to make peanut butter eggs HERE, it’s the same idea, you’re just using a different mold! You can make peanut butter filled chocolates all year long for every occasion!
4. Sweet Tools for All the Hard Work Dad Does.
Add a few heaping spoonfuls of chocolate cookie crumbs to ½ pound of melted white merckens coatings. This makes the tools gray. (It also makes the white chocolate taste like cookies and cream!). Melt colored candy coatings (any color you’d like) to fill in the handles of the tools or anywhere you’d like a little color. You can find the tool chocolate mold we used HERE.
Pour the white chocolate-cookie mixture into any areas you’d like gray, and pour the colored coatings into any areas you’d like colored. Allow to harden at room temperature for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Fill the rest of the mold with melted merckens white or colored coatings and let harden for about 10 to 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
Carefully turn the mold over to release the chocolate pieces from the mold.
5. Chocolate Pizza.
Do we need to say more? Most Dads love pizza!
What You Need for this Project:
Make the Crust:
Reserve about 12 chips of merckens white chocolate and set aside. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, Add about 6 chips of merckens milk chocolate candy coatings and the remaining one pound bag of Merckens White Coatings.
Melt 20 seconds at a time in the microwave, stirring in between intervals. Repeat until coatings are fully melted. See how to melt merckens candy coatings HERE.
Once melted, pour into the pizza crust chocolate mold. Tap the filled mold onto the countertop to release air bubbles to the top. Allow to cool and harden in the refrigerator for about 15 to 20 minutes or until it easily releases from the mold.
Make the Toppings:
Grab a mixed bag of Rainbow Colored Merckens Coatings and separate red and green pieces, you’ll need about 10 to 12 chips of each. You’ll also need about one or two chips from the bag of milk chocolate and about 12 chips from the bag of white candy coatings.
Melt red and green separately in glass prep bowls for around 5 to 10 seconds at a time in the microwave, stirring in between. Pour each color into the cavities for the pepperoni and peppers.
Melt together 10 to 12 chips of white candy coatings plus 2 chips of milk chocolate coatings, stir until combined. This will make a light brown color for the mushrooms. Pour into the mushroom-shaped cavities.
Allow to cool and harden in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes. Once hardened, release from the mold and set aside.
To assemble the pizza
Melt the remaining red chips, spread out onto the chocolate pizza crust and let harden for about 5 minutes at room temperature. This will give the look of pizza sauce.
Drizzle melted white chocolate for the “cheese” and then immediately place toppings onto the melted white chocolate. Let fully harden at room temperature for about 5 to 10 minutes.