Tips for Using Chocolate Molds

Chocolate 1Chocolate molds are a fun and super easy way to create homemade candies! I don't know about you, but we are already getting excited for Valentine's Day next month. So if you're trying to dream up something cute and simple to gift to your friends or office buddies-might I suggest homemade candies! Here are my top 5 tips for using chocolate molds:

1. When melting chocolate or candy melts I suggest adding a teaspoon or two of oil (canola or vegetable is fine). This gives your chocolates a more glossy finish and (in case you're wondering) you can't even taste it. I have also found that adding extracts or colored dyes to melted chocolates will cause them to harden slightly, making them more difficult to get into your mold.

Chocolate TIP2. Be sure to pour a bit of chocolate into the mold, then add your stick (if making lollipops) then add a bit more chocolate to cover the stick. You want the stick completely buried in the center, because you don't want to see it through the front of the candy, but you don't want it to fall out the back either.

3. Do not over fill your molds. This will result in a rim around the edge of your candy. If you do end up with a rim, carefully shave it off before gifting.

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Chocolate 34. Once you have filled the mold, give it a gentle tap on your kitchen counter to release any air bubbles that might be trapped in the candy.

5. If you plan to use more than one color chocolate in your mold (like green leaves next to a red rose, etc.) allow the first color to set completely before adding the next. You can speed up this process by placing your half filled mold in the freezer.

Chocolate 4Happy candy making adventures! xo. emma and elsie

*Note: We bought most of our chocolate molds online via Amazon and Ebay. There are many online resources for chocolate molds, and you can often find them at your local craft store too. We buy all our chocolate and candy melts at either our local grocery or craft store (Hobby Lobby or Michael's).

  • This is super cute! I loved using chocolate molds when I made custom cakes and cupcakes back home ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favorite part was doing multiple colors. Talk about time consuming!

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  • I love these! I wanted to make button lollipops for my wedding but didn’t get around to it will all the other DIY stuff. Maybe if I had a crafty sister it would have happened ๐Ÿ˜‰ Very cute!

  • I love using chocolate molds to make little gifts for friends! I never knew why people added a little oil to their candy melts. Going to do that next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • If you want to add color, use a gel based dye, NOT water based..that will cause the chocolate to seize and harden. Just another little tip. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love those button chocolates – cute! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I made chocolates for my mom and hubby this past Christmas. For my mom’s I just used 100% organic confectioner’s chocolate with a little butter and vanilla essence (but this had no effect on the taste at all and I wouldn’t add them next time); for my hubby’s I used a combination of 75 and 90% chocolate, because it was being combined to make bars rather than individual chocolates. I used a chocolate mould for my mom’s but would try using a lightly greased fun-shaped icecube tray for the possibilities.

    I love and prefer the bitter taste of real chocolate: we have become far too attuned to cheap factory chocolate and have forgotten the delight of the real thing (which is far better for you anyway), and prefer to keep it as natural and undiluted with other ingredients as possible.

    It’s definately something I want to explore more of – there’s something so fun about candy-making ๐Ÿ˜€

  • What a great idea! Sadly my fiancee will be away for valentines day. But I might have to make some to gift to friends.

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  • Thank you for this!!:) i’ve had several cool molds in the garage that I’d bought at a yard sale, have the choc too, and have NEVER used them:)!! think I will soon:)!

  • I made chocolate buttons for my baby shower back in July exactly the way you described. It was extremely humid so only about half of them came out of the molds in one piece. This is definitely something to consider if making these in the Summer months if you live in a humid climate. Any tips to avoid this when the air is extra moist?

  • I have been doing chocolate molds for years for many special occasions as my daughters’ weddings, bridal showers, an upcoming baby shower.
    Someone just suggested a mold for bark chocolate. I did it for Christmas and put bits of broken up candy canes in for flavor. It was great.
    Thanks for your tips.

  • You can get cocoa butter colours if you want different colours, too! Just paint a few layers on the inside of the mold before pouring the chocolate in.

    It would also be a good idea to give a swipe with a straight spatula over the mold so the backs don’t look like that. Not everyone has a straight spatula of course, but a clean flat-edge ruler would work just fine too!

  • I love making homemade candies. I really like your tips because sometimes my candies stick to the mold. Do you find some molds are better than others?

  • I make chocolate frogs sometimes and I was wondering if you have advice for what to do about melty chocolate? They come out of the molds fine, but once people start eating them, chocolate gets everywhere! Should I be using a different kind of chocolate (I’ve been using semi-sweet) or is there a kind of icing/frosting I can put on them?
    Thanks!

  • I have made the old standard candy for many years, you know peanut brittle, divinity, fudge. Now, I’m ready to try my hand at making molded chocolate candies. I will be visiting your blog often for tips.

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