Chocolate Making FAQ Page 2
- Can I make solid chocolates with assembly molds?
- How should I clean chocolate molds?
- How should I store my molds?
- How do I paint the chocolates?
- I have seen people paint with squeeze bottles instead of brushes, is this better?
- How do I make multi color chocolates?
- How do I attach things to chocolate?
- Can I thin chocolate with water?
- How do I assemble multi piece chocolates?
- How do I attach candy eyes?
Can I make solid chocolates with assembly molds?
Yes. The best way is to pour and cool the back half first. Once it is demolded, pour the front half of the mold and position the back half in place atop the melted chocolate. See this Solid 3D Egg Project for illustrated step by step instructions. A sloppier alternative is to mold the 2 halves, demold them, then adhere them together with some melted chocolate.
How should I clean chocolate molds?
Warm water like any plastic dish or cup. Hand wash only - do not place in dishwasher. Do not use very hot water as it may damage the mold. This page has detailed chocolate mold care instructions.
How should I store my molds?
They don't require any special storage, just avoid extreme heat as it may warp the plastic. Cartons from 8 1/2 X 11 copier paper are perfect for storing many molds in a little space. If you want to save some work cleaning them before use, place them in plastic bags before storing to keep them clean. Never store without washing them first as this would attract vermin.
How do I paint the chocolates?
Chocolates are best painted in the mold. This takes some getting used to since you are applying the colors in reverse of what you normally would. The chocolate is melted then applied with a nylon bristle brush (a cheap craft brush like they put in kid's paint sets). For example to paint a bunny head do the center of the ears and the nose with pink chocolate. Eyes could be colored too (or don't and apply sugar eyes to the finished chocolate). Pour white or milk chocolate, and you have a beautiful Easter Bunny. This page has detailed basic chocolate mold painting instructions.
I have seen people paint with squeeze bottles instead of brushes, is this better?
It makes it easier to apply the colored chocolate. It is much faster when painting a large number of molds, but less practical when painting only one or two due to the additional cleanup.
How do I make multi color chocolates?
Paint or pour the colors into the mold starting with the front color. In areas too large to paint but too small to pour the chocolate can be applied with a spoon or squeeze bottle. Once all the colors have been applied, fill the mold with the base color.
How do I attach things to chocolate?
Apply some melted chocolate to it and press in place. This works well for decorating chocolate christamas houses, although white royal icing is both decorative and adhesive.
Can I thin chocolate with water?
No - water causes chocolate to seize. Use Paramount Crystals for thinning chocolate.
How do I assemble multi piece chocolates?
Melted chocolate is applied where they are to be joined and the pieces are pressed together. Do one joint at a time as the chocolate will dry quickly.
How do I attach candy eyes?
Apply a dab of melted chocolate, then press in place.
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Author: Bob Sherman
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