Wilton Candy Melts And Molding Issues
(Redwood city, ca)
Wilton candy melts and molding issues....
This is my first time doing all this chocolate making. I'm making chocolates for my sisters baby shower and I am using the Wilton brand from Micheal's.
I have two questions. The first one is that with the Wilton peanut butter flavor melts, they take a really long time to set and seem to melt as soon as they touch my skin.
I read to try and put them in the fridge for a while, but they still melt. HELP?!?!!?
My other question has to do with different colored chocolate in the molds. I'm making baby bottles, and doing the bottle, the ring and the nipple three different colors.
How do I fill the mold without blending the colors together? I tried doing the bottle part first, letting it set, then doing the ring, letting it set and then the nipple, but it looks all chunky and weird, and it looks like i did it in stages.
Ok, sorry, one more question...
When I fill the molds, it says to tap to get the bubbles out, but when I do, the chocolate spreads all over, and then it's a pain to get out of the mold.
Congratulations on your foray into the world of candy making! How lovely of you to make the chocolates for your sister's baby shower. I'm sure your molded chocolates will be fine and appreciated, even if YOU don't think they are perfect. :)
It sounds like you are doing a pretty good job of getting started correctly. A lot of people love using Wilton's candy melts, so you are in good company.
I've not used the Wiltons peanut butter melts, but I have heard that they do seem to have a lower melting point, so you'll have to be careful with them.
If you do have trouble with them setting, you may
want to get a little food grade parrafin wax and melt a teaspoon or so in with the peanut butter melts to remedy the situation. It will make them set more firmly. Sometimes you can get pretty good results with using some Crisco shortening instead if you want to give that a try first.
You are doing the right thing by preparing your multi-colored molds in layers. You do have to go through the process one step at a time just as you described, but it may take you a little practice to get the right look.
Try using a little less when you are coloring the individual sections and maybe try using a mini paint brush to "paint" in the details to see if that gives you better control.
As for the "tapping," you don't really need to tap when you are painting in the details of the mold, and you may not even need to when you do the final fill.
If you do feel like you are creating air bubbles, just tap very gently so that you aren't getting the chocolate smeared all over the mold, making it difficult to remove your candy.
Here are a couple of other tips:
1. If you put your molds in the freezer for about 10 minutes, you should be able to pop them out of the molds much easier as the cold causes them to contract away from the mold.
2. Get yourself a pair of white cotton gloves so to handle the molded candy so that you don't have trouble with them melting in your fingers.
Hope that helps and that your Wildon candy melts and molding issues will soon be a thing of the past! :)
We'd love to see your baby shower molded chocolates when you get them done. Take some photos and show them off to us.