Friday, July 24, 2009

Molding chocolate candy

Molding chocolate candies is the easiest and most fool-proof "food art" thing I do. Seriously, I could do this in my sleep. Which I may have done. Which would explain why I'm always mysteriously short on candy-making supplies. And have chocolate smeared all around my mouth in the morning. It happens.


All, and I do mean all, of my candy making supplies come from Wilton. They have a ton of candy molds that are quite inexpensive (usually $1.99 per mold). I get my molds at after-season sales, clearance and the Wilton tent sale, so I only spend $1.00 per mold.


To make the candy, I start by putting Wilton candy melts in a disposable plastic decorating bag. For the seashells used on the "Bears at the Beach" cupcakes, I used white, pink, yellow and chocolate candy melts. One minute in the microwave is sufficient to melt the chocolates together.


Once I've gently squeezed the bag a few times to make sure everything is completely melted and only slightly mixed, I cut off the tip of the bag and start filling the molds with the mixture.



Fill each mold to the top, tap the entire mold on the counter a few times to let any trapped air bubbles rise to the top, and stick the whole thing in the fridge, making sure to keep it nice and even.


After a few hours in the fridge, the candy is done. Flip the mold over and the candies usually pop right out. No mess, no fuss, and totally gorgeous. When I brought the cupcakes and leftover seashell candies to work, several people thought the shells were store bought. One person asked if I had bought them from Godiva. Godiva. How awesome is that?

I told her that they only way these candies were from Godiva was if I made them in the nude. Which I didn't. I have to have some decorum at The Martha Initiative, right? After all, the real Martha Stewart doesn't make candy in the buff.* So neither do I.
*But if you have evidence that suggests otherwise, let me know. I'm always open to trying new things in the kitchen.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

the shells are beautiful!love them! But how do they taste? Cause I like pretty things, but in candy, taste is important. -L

Amanda said...

Of course they taste good--I made them! ;) I'll make some the next time you are up and you can judge for yourself. Folks at work seemed pleased.

frugalsuz said...

I love mixing the chocolates together. I really can't believe I never thought to do that - great tip!

Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom said...

They look AWESOME. Godiva awesome (and btw, have I mentioned that you're funny?? :P)

Queen said...

those chocolate shells are so cool!! i might try that idea, thanks!