Simple Molded Candy
(Louisville, Ky )
Caramel Pecan Chocolates (Top) - Cherry Filled Chocolates (Bottom)
This is a sample of my simple molded candy with a little extra to make them special!
I have made candy for years for gifts, for the open house event at Bennie's Barn Antique Mall, and, of course, for me to eat!
I have always received raves for the taste and also for how cute the molded chocolates are, so I thought I would share some with you.
I have a great local candy/cake supply store here in Louisville, Ky. It's called Bryants Cake and Candy Supply and it is the only place I purchase my candy supplies and molds.
I always start with the Merckens melting wafers, and for the filing I use the B&K Redi Centers.
There are a lot of different filling flavors, including orange, buttercream, maple, etc.
Bryant's does not carry the cherry, so I make my own cherry by combining the B&K Redi Fondant (which is not flavored) and a little of the Lorann Gels Cherry flavoring (be careful with this stuff, it is really powerful and a little goes a long way!).
The attached pictures are of 4 different varieties of my homemade molded candies.
- The first of my molded chocolates is made with semi-sweet chocolate and a caramel pecan filing.
I use the Peter's Caramel which I soften in my Chocolate Pot which I love. (I got it at Bed Bath and Beyond and I use the Chocolate Pot to melt all of my chocolates. I actually own 2 of these!)
I purchase pecan pieces and chop them in my food processor. I then stir the caramel and pecan pieces together to create the filling for the molded chocolates.
After the finished chocolates sit for a bit I brush on a little chocolate on the tops and sprinkle on more of the chopped pecans
for added eye appeal.
- The second variety in the photo is the dark chocolate molded candy with a cherry filling. To make these molded candies I used the mold that has the little Cherries on top. Very cute!
- The next variety I've shown here is the white chocolate with orange centers. For these, I waited till they set a bit and then I took a small paint brush and lightly touched the tops with melted chocolate then sprinkled on colored sugar for a little extra pizzazz.
- Finally, the last of my simple molded candy shown is the coconut filled semi sweet chocolate. I used a Christmas tree mold for this particular one and dusted the tops with desiccated coconut.
I sprinkle the coconut over the tops as soon as I remove them from the mold. Because I place the chocolate molds in the freezer to help them set, they sweat a little when they come out and the coconut will easily stick.
I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed making this molded chocolate candy.
Thanks so very much for showing off your simple molded candy with a little something extra. I have to say, they look a little more than "simple" to me, but once you explain your process, I can see why you call it simple.
The added little steps you used to make your candy unique and special is something anyone could do with a little thought and creativity.
I wish I could sink my teeth into those yummy looking treats (Not the coconut ones, though, as coconut is not my thing - grin - but the rest sound marvelous!).
I hope you'll take the time to add more of your creations as you make them. You're a true inspiration!