Are you planning on turning your next birthday party into a colourful toffee feast? Do you want to surprise your wedding guests with custom-shaped truffles or make that baby shower a soft candy celebration? You can make all that happen and save money by making your own candy in your own kitchen with the use of the right candy molds!
Candy Mold Basics
Making candy at home can be a magical experience. Aside from the right ingredients, candy molds are a big part of a successful home candy production setup. Here are a few things you need to know:
There are 2 main types of candy molds.
- molds that are intended for chocolate and other low-temperature candies
- molds that are intended for hard candies and other high-temperature uses.
Trying to use a chocolate mold to make hard candy can result in a melted mold and a big mess. Therefore, it’s important to understand the type of mold you are purchasing and its intended use. Chocolate can be either thick polycarbonate or thinner, clean plastic. Hard candy molds on the other hand can be thick opaque plastic or metal.
Molds for Chocolate Candy and Chocolate Coating
The widest variety and assortment of candy molds is dedicated to chocolate. Generally, chocolate candy and chocolate coating molds are made of plastic. They come in many colors, but will always be flexible, pliable, and translucent.
They are not made to endure extremely hot temperatures. Everything from holiday candy to custom chocolate art is made using candy molds. Chocolate candy and coatings are molded for nuts, mints, lollipops and pretzel to only name a few.
Last but not least, molds for chocolates can also be used for making gelatins and candy clays. There are even soap making recipes that call for these candy molds – just don’t mistake them for eatable candy
Molds for Hard Candy
The most common type of candy mold, they are made of metal or opaque plastic that can endure the high temperatures it takes to make hard candy.
These molds are safe to use in ovens, upwards of 375 degrees or more. Molds for hard candy are perfect for working with Isomalt or other very complex chocolate moldings. They are great for designs where white chocolates or flash coating mix with similar chocolates.
Molds for Fondant and Gum Pastes
In general, all chocolate candy molds can be used for molding fondant and gum pastes. This is common for making wedding candy and baby shower molds, because of the ornate details utilizing icing.
While no preparation is normally needed for cooking with these molds, there are some useful recommendations when working gum pastes or fondant. Make sure to use a cooking spray (non-sticky). This should be done prior to adding any ingredients. If you are planning on preparing a recipe that also includes chocolate, it is best to use powdered sugars or cornstarch instead of the spray.
Rubber and Silicone Candy Molds
The most viable alternative to hard plastics, this category of candy molds is far from heat resistant. These extremely flexible candy molds are perfectly designed for crafting soft candies, jellies, caramels and other similar ingredients.
They are becoming increasingly popular, as they are easy to work with and less expensive than some other candy molds. Rubber and silicone candy molds can be utilized for specialty items like marzipan and cream cheese mints, but they are equally popular for certain types of chocolate and gum paste recipes.
Rubber and silicone candy molds are not only easy to use, but can be hand-made by the crafty candy mold experimentalist. Their easy-to-make molding material is popular for the creation of candy molds for birthdays, weddings, graduations, and any number of holiday seasonal themes.