What kind of chocolate can be used in chocolate candy molds?

by Aimee
(Ontario, Canada)

I am looking to make molded chocolate candy, but wondered if I could use any other type of chocolate beside wafers?

Can you give me some advice and alternatives for what chocolate works best in chocolate molds?

Thanks for your help,

Hi Aimee,

What kind of chocolate can be used in chocolate candy molds?

That's a good question! The chocolate wafers are easy to use, but they aren't always the highest quality chocolate.

You really can use any type of chocolate you like. You can use basic chocolate chips from the grocery store, even.

Some people like to get really nice gourmet chocolate bars and melt them down for making molded chocolates for special occasions.

It's really up to you. Choose a chocolate that you love the taste of and melt it using the methods described in the how to mold chocolate candy section.

If you are making them for a special event, you should consider tempering the chocolate for the best finish possible.

Some chocolate used for candy making doesn't need to be tempered because it doesn't contain much or any cocoa butter. It will usually have a vegetable oil substitute in place of the cocoa butter. This type of chocolate is usually referred to as a "chocolate coating."

"Real chocolate" on the other hand (containing cocoa butter) comes up much nicer when it has been properly tempered. You get a shinier finish and a crisp snap to it.

I usually don't go to that trouble of tempering my chocolate unless I'm determined to have them turn out first class. They usually don't last that long around here to worry about, though!

Have fun making your chocolates! Do take a photo and show us your finished molded chocolates when you are done. :-) I'd love to drool over them.


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by: Rena

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Mar 27, 2011
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by: Katie

You CAN put a tablespoon of shortening or parrafin when melting your sugar free chocolate chips while they are melting, but you don't necessarily have to.

It might be a good idea to just have something on hand and then if you feel it needs it, add it.

The purpose is really to melt a little easier and set a little better, so I'd probably just go for it.

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You'll love them, too. :-)

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