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.


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!