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HOW TO STORE
CANDY COATED chocolate
Merckens coating chocolate will keep up to six months when stored in a cool, dry place, free from odors. Ideal storage temperatures are from 55F to 75F. Chocolate should always be stored in airtight containers to keep moisture out. Moisture causes the product to be thick when melting. If product absorbs too much moisture it will not melt at all.
HOW TO CARE FOR MOLDS
Molds are only washed when too dirty to use. Plastic candy molds should be washed in lukewarm water. You may use a mild dish washing liquid if necessary. Do not soak molds, nor scour them. HOT WATER will discolor and warp molds. After washing, towel or drip dry; store flat.
HOW TO MELT
1) Put chocolate into top of a double boiler.
2) Use hot
tap water, (130F to 150F), in bottom of double boiler to melt chocolate.
3) Let chocolate set 5 to 10 minutes and then stir with a spoon or knife to hasten melting.
NOTE: Do not boil chocolate on stove. Product will thicken and will be difficult or impossible to use. Do not spill water in chocolate. This will change the texture of coating chocolates. They will appear streaky and become thick and grainy.
Chocolate may also be melted in glass jars. Place chocolate in glass jar and melt in sauce pan with hot tap water in the pan. Or use an electric skillet with a wash cloth on the bottom, with hot tap water in the pan. Jars are convenient because you can clean off the top edge of jar, cover and store until next use. When ready to use again, take off cover, place jar in hot water and melt down. As melted coatings are used, refill jars with more chocolate as needed. Coatings may thicken after prolonged heating. To thin, add Paramount Crystals. Melt in a tiny cup and add small amounts until you get desired consistency. Coatings can also be melted in a microwave oven. Place 1 lb. of coating in a bowl or large measuring cup. Do not cover. Place in microwave oven on medium power. Microwave coating three minutes, then stir. Continue microwaving at short intervals until coating is melted. Be sure to stir between intervals. When using smaller amounts of coating, reduce microwave time. When coating is melted, place on hot pad and use immediately. If coating should thicken, microwave again to melted consistency. Careful! Chocolate wafers will not change shape until stirred!
HOW TO MOLD
Sugarcraft supplies a large variety of molds suitable for filled candies.
Molds should be deep enough to coat, fill and cap.
1) Fill each cavity approximately 1/4 full. Pull coating up the sides of each cavity using a brush. Be sure cavities are completely coated and don't leave any holes or bubbles. Also, be sure to coat evenly. You have now formed the shell to hold the filling. Coat one cavity at a time. If you spoon coating into all the cavities and then try to brush coating up the sides, depending on how fast you work, you will find that approximately half way through the candy will harden and you will not be able to finish the rest of the mold.
coating method for larger jobs: especially better for molding chocolate
Warm chocolate in a double boiler. Put melted chocolate into large squeeze bottle. Squeeze out chocolate into each mold cavity. Tilt the mold to be sure each cavity is coated clear to the tops all around. Invert mold over a cake grid with either wax paper or a foiled pan underneath to catch the drippings. Let the excess chocolate drip out. When chocolate starts to set up < no longer shiny & is "rubbery looking >, use a small angled spatula to scrape off drippings level at tops of each cavity. Let chocolate shell completely set up. No need to refrigerate yet.
Roll candy filling into a ball and place in each molded shell cavity. Now, seal the top: Using the squeeze bottle of chocolate working in a spiral from outside to center, adding chocolate on the top to carefully seal. Chill in freezer section until chocolate separates from the mold, about 10 minutes. Invert mold to dump out finished candies CAREFULLY! Candies may crack if they hit the table hard & you have to eat all your mistakes.
2) After you
have finished the whole mold, place into the freezer until coating has
set-up firmly but not frozen. If you freeze a mold you will hear a cracking
sound when you remove it from the freezer. This means that your candy will
leak when filled, especially chocolate covered cherries. Others may
not leak juice like the cherries but will have a grease secretion. If shells
crack, snap out and throw them back into double boiler, remelt and coat
mold again. CHERRIES: Wrap in pretty
candy foils and it helps to seal them.
3) Roll filling into ball and place into shell. Be sure to leave enough room for a cap. If fillings are too soft to roll into a ball, a decorating bag with a round tip will be the easiest way to fill shells. You must be sure to keep the top edge of candies clean so your cap will have a coating to coating seal. Otherwise your filling will leak out of the shell where your cap did not seal properly.
NOTE: Our soft creme fillings are excellent and easier to use then the nougat type.
4) Cover the filling with a spoonful of coating. Be very careful not to overfill. If you overfill, your candy will have a rim around the edge and will resemble a hat. Using your brush, gently brush coating back and forth to smooth bottom of candies. Never tap a filled candy; the shell is very fragile.
5) Place mold in freezer until candy has set-up. When making candy you need to learn how to tell when the candy is ready to release from the mold. It is difficult to express in terms of time when your candy is ready for removal from the freezer. The larger your molded candy the longer it takes to set-up. If your freezer is packed full of food it may take longer. If your freezer is empty your candy will set-up faster. Further, after you open and shut the door a number of times, your freezer will take longer. When your freezer comes on again your candy will set-up very quickly. You must learn the shiny look and the dull look. When you spoon the candy into the molds it looks wet or shiny. As the candy sets up and releases from the mold, the mold takes on a dull finish. This means candy has released from the mold and is ready for removal from the mold.
6) Remove from freezer, invert mold carefully. Check to see if the mold looks shiny or dull. If the mold is shiny, return it to the freezer. If the mold has a dull look then release from the mold by carefully tapping mold. If candy doesn't release after tapping several times, return it to the freezer for another minute or two.
NOTE: After molds come out of the freezer, bring back to room temperature before using again. Cold molds may cause air bubbles to appear.
HOW TO MOLD
SOLID FLAT PIECES AND LOLLIPOPS
1) Use clean dry molds.
2) Spoon melted chocolate into mold. Do not overfill; this will cause your candy to result in a rim around the edge.
3) Tap mold to release air bubbles. Also, this will smoothest the candy. If candy isn't smooth enough, use brush in a gentle back and forth motion to finish smoothing. At this time, if making lollipops, add sticks and roll to coat. Coating sticks makes them more secure.
4) Place mold in the freezer and leave there until candy has set-up.
5) Remove mold from freezer and check for shiny or dull look. If ready, turn over and release candy from mold.
HOW TO MOLD WHEN PAINTING IN SEVERAL COLORS
Where to buy
Squeezit Mold painter
HOW TO MOLD MORE THAN ONE COLOR PIECES AND LOLLIPOPS
1) Use clean dry molds.
2) Use Squeeze bottle filled with melted coating chocolate. (as shown above). Paint color details into mold. Save one color to use to fill. Let each color set up before adding another against it.
3) Add stick if making suckers.
4) fill the mold with the last color of coating chocolate when the painted parts are set, .
5) Tap mold gently, to release air bubbles. Also, this will smooth-out the candy. If candy isn't smooth enough, use brush in a gentle back and forth motion to finish smoothing. At this time, if making lollipops, add sticks and roll to coat. Coating sticks makes them more secure.
6) Place mold in the freezer and leave there until candy has set-up.
7) Remove mold from freezer and check for shiny or dull look. If ready, turn over and release candy from mold.
TO MOLD A BASKET
Basket Mold above is #90-2418 HERE
Some basket molds come pre-cut. Most basket molds have to be cut and trimmed. When cutting and trimming the mold, be careful to leave enough edge for your clamps. Next, cut out the top of the basket. This is easily done using a sharp pair of scissors; be sure to trim edge carefully so the basket will be even. Clip basket mold together. Fill 2/3's full and roll basket to coat mold completely.
NOTE: If you have trouble rolling basket, you can use a paint brush to draw the coating up the sides of the mold. Before placing mold in the freezer, stand mold in a Styrofoam block. Make a cut in the Styrofoam large enough to hold the mold upright. Another way to support the mold is to purchase hand clamps which will clamp the bottom of the mold securely. The handles also serve as a freezer stand for your mold. A third option is to stand your mold in a bowl and fill-in around the mold with paper towels sufficiently to support the mold. After standing mold upright, place in freezer. When coated part of mold is set-up, remove from freezer and roll basket to coat again. Return to freezer to set-up again. If basket is small, coating twice is sufficient. Medium or large baskets should be coated a third time. After coating basket three times place in freezer to set-up completely. Allow extra candy coating to accumulate in the bottom of the basket. The basket needs the extra weight in the bottom for stability. This keeps the basket from tipping over when filled. When basket has set-up, remove from freezer, remove mold and trim as previously described.
Molding with Large 2 piece molds: For trimming and filling 2 piece molds Prepare the mold by trimming so that only about 1 inch is left all the way around. You need this 'lip' to fasten the clips as shown. CLAMPS
SOLID: Fill each half. Put together and fasten with clips. Place in freezer until chilled solid. Turn the mold several times while it is chilling. This prevents air holes on the outside. TIP: You can see that it has separated from the mold when it is solid.
HOLLOW: Fill only one side. Clamp mold sides together. Turn the mold until both sides are well coated. Place in freezer to chill. Turn several times while chilling to be certain that both sides are evenly coated.
FOR VERY LARGE MOLDS: Be sure this mold would fit in your freezer before purchasing! Besides trimming the mold to leave a 1" lip, now also trim the bottom out to leave a 1" lip. Clamp mold sides together. Fill through the cut out hole in the bottom. Chill as usual, turning several times to be evenly coated. Remove from freezer and refill again. Refill as many times as needed so that the chocolate is thick enough. It usually takes 3-4 filling times depending upon the size of the mold.
TO COLOR MOLDS...alos see "Painting Lolipops" below next
Molds are colored by painting the smaller areas of a mold with a nylon brush. Use small brush for painting small details and a large brush for larger details. Melt colors. Dip brush into desired color and apply to an area of the mold. Continue to do this until desired areas are colored. The last and largest area you will spoon the color in and fill the mold. Never tap a mold that is colored. Tapping the mold will cause running of the colors. If you do not have enough brushes for all of the colors and you want to change the color on the brush, wipe brush clean, dip into new color and brush on a paper towel. Repeat the process until brush shows no trace of original color.
Do not wash brushes because wet brushes should dry approximately 24 hours before using again. Another way to color molds is with a small 2 ounce squeeze bottle. This bottle was designed for the purpose of coloring and filling small molds. Fill bottle and use #1 cake decorating tip. When you turn the bottle up-side down and squeeze, the candy coating will run out. When you stop squeezing and release the pressure from the sides of the bottle the candy coating will draw back into the bottle. Be careful not to apply too much pressure. Further, excessive candy will cause the colors to run. The squeeze bottles also come in 8 Ounce and 16 Ounce sizes. The larger bottles are used for filling molds. The bottles must be placed in warm water between uses. When you are done with the bottles, drain out melted coating. Place bottles in the freezer. When candy has set-up remove from freezer, squeeze bottle and coating will break up. You can now shake the hard coating from the bottle. Wash, dry and store bottles until next use.
Another way to paint molds is by using parchment paper cones. Fill cone 1/3 full of melted candy coating. Squash sides of bag and roll bag down tight until you apply pressure on coating. Tape bag so that it doesn't un-roll. Bags are stored in the dry top of a double boiler with hot water underneath. When ready to use, lift cover remove color needed, cut small hole in end of bag and you are ready to use like a crayon to color. When done, return the bag to top of double boiler with cut end up. Replace double boiler cover. Double boiler acts as oven to keep bags warm so your candy coating will stay melted. Be sure to keep hot tap water under double boiler while coloring bags are in use.
Another way to paint molds for larger projects where you need to do hundreds of candies at a time is to use a bath towel and a heating pad with mold painters. Lay the bath towel on the counter folded in half. Melt chocolate in the microwave, enough to fill each mold painter with colors needed. Use the decorating tips provided, instead of a brush. (Other plastic tips) This goes a lot faster since you can have enough chocolate available to complete each paint job. Let the painted piece set until it is no longer runny before you paint another section. Lay the squeeze bottles on the towel and cover them with the heating pad. Use a large squeeze bottle to fill with the last color. It is recommended that you use the lightest color to fill. When finished for the day, simply unplug the heating pad and let the bottles cool. Then plug back in to start again another day.
HOW TO MOLD HOLLOW
Chocolate Dinosaur Egg
The 'nest' can be shredded wheat. It will depend upon how large of egg as to size of 'animals' inside.
For this project you would make the 2 egg halves seperately.
Put the 'surprise' inside, then glue halves together with melted chocolate.
Details in Lollipop Molds
details to candies makes them more realistic and much more fun! For large
areas of color, it's best to paint the melted candy right in the mold before
the whole candy is molded using a decorator brush. Or, for very small details
like vines, mouths and messages, melted candy should be piped onto molded
candies using a parchment bag with a small hole cut in the tip.
Melt desired Candy Melts® colors in the microwave, using the Candy Melting Plate. With decorator brush, paint areas of candy molds with melted candy in one color.
Refrigerate mold a few minutes until candy is firm, repeating for each additional color. For best results, always fill in one section of the mold at a time and let set before adding additional colors.
To complete candy, using cut parchment bag or disposable decorating bag, fill mold to top with melted candy. Tap mold, refrigerate until firm and unmold.
Our make ideal place markers at your holiday party. After assembling all the candy parts, add the name using melted candy in a cut parchment bag.