Chocolate Mold Glossary And Shopping Information
By Bob Sherman
Unless otherwise described all of our chocolate molds are manufactured from clear plastic and come on sheets of varying sizes.When shopping for chocolate making supplies from the category pages you should always click the product number or thumbnail image to read the full description since the photographs can be misleading as to size.
Chocolate Mold Photos
Our chocolate mold photos are designed to show the entire finished product and are not to scale in relation to each other. The photos are sized to show the entire object and larger objects will appear smaller due to camera position. Purchasing decisions should be based upon the chocolate mold dimensions given on the product description page - every product we sell has its own description page.
Due to the difficulty of getting quality detailed photographs of clear molds, our mold illustrations show the finished product made with that mold - not the actual mold. They are mostly in milk chocolate brown because it provides a very good photograph and it is not a suggestion for what color you should make them which is a matter of personal choice.
Note: Some chocolate mold photos may still appear in gray scale similar to the photo shown above. Gray scale photos are of the actual mold and these are being phased out in order to show better detail of what the mold actually makes.
Chocolate Mold Pages
We have 2 types of chocolate mold pages:
- Category Pages - These are index pages containing a list of any products in that category. Cookie Embed Molds is an example of a category page. Clicking the product code or thumbnail image will take you to the product description page for that product.
- Product Description Pages - Each product in
our line has its own description page. Click here
for a product page example. On product description pages you will find
many details about the product including:
- Larger photo
- Written description
- Fill weight
- How many the mold makes at one time
- Special instructions when required for use
- Links to related products and accessories
- Links to projects available for that mold (if available)
Chocolate Mold Glossary
The following terms are commonly used when describing chocolate molds:
- Assembly - A mold described as an assembly mold is designed with two or more pieces that assembly into the finished product. This includes designs that are adhered together with dabs of chocolate, as well as those designed for hollow , open top hollow, or solid assembly molding. These are sometimes known as 3D molds or 3D assembly molds and the term 3D is being added to all new listings of assembly molds as well. In all but a few instances, each part of an assembly mold is shown, however a few show the completed assembly. Note: many molds designed for hollow or solid molding may be used as flat back molds as well.
- Flat Back - This is the most common type of chocolate mold. The back (top of mold) provides a flat back with all detail being on the front and sides of the finished piece.
- Cavity - Although eating lots of chocolate may give you these, when used in a product description it refers to the depressions in the mold sheet that the chocolate is poured into. On most molds each cavity produces one finished piece and you will be able to make as many at one time as there are cavities in the mold. On assembly molds two or more cavities combine to form the finished assembly.
- Pour Box - Pour box molds are
used to create a box out of chocolate (also popular for plaster and
soap making). Pour boxes come 3 ways that you need to be aware of:
- Single Sheet - Most pour box molds have both the lid and the bottom on the same mold sheet.
- Double Sheet - Some large pour boxes are sold in two sheet sets having the lid and the bottom on separate sheets.
- Multiple Sheet - Pour boxes with 2 or more different lids available are sold individually with the bottom as well as each lid sold separately. One example of this would be the Business Card Pour Box mold which can be used with any of our CMBC series card molds.
- Size - Most mold dimensions are given per cavity in inches unless otherwise noted. Assembly mold dimensions are for the complete assembly. Lolly mold dimensions do not include the stick. If you have trouble envisioning mold size, using a ruler to draw the dimensions on a piece of paper often helps.
- Fill Weight - Fill weights shown are approximate and will vary somewhat depending on what you fill them with, how high you fill them, etc... All our fill weights are based on using milk chocolate.
- 3D - See Assembly above.
- " - For those not familiar with it " is the abbreviation for inches. Used in size descriptions.
Support Free Projects
You can help ensure the continued availability and production of free chocolate projects by telling your friends about them. The more popular they are the more we can produce so tell your friends, mention them on message boards, link to them from your web site, etc... More information is available here.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and usage practices as of the time of this writing - originally published in December 2005 and updated in November 2010. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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