If you are launching or expanding a chocolate-making business, you might be considering investing in new equipment to enhance your operation. One such upgrade is silicone molds for your chocolate crafting. Silicone molds are a great option for chocolate manufacturing for many reasons. Here are a few things that you should know about these molds and the basics of using them:
Why Silicone Molds For Chocolate?
The older style of plastic chocolate molds are, and have always been, highly effective. As a result, you may wonder why silicone molds would even be worth the investment. After all, if your plastic molds are working, is there any point in replacing them?
In fact, there is. Silicone molds are superior to hard plastic molds in many ways. Their flexible nature makes it far easier to remove the chocolates from the mold without damaging the candy or cracking the mold. In addition, silione isn't as prone to scratches and abrasions, making it less likely that your molds will suffer surface damage that can lead to sticking and discolored chocolates.
How Do You Use Silicone Molds?
Silicone molds can be used in much the same way as the plastic candy molds, with a few exceptions. You don't typically need to brush silicone molds with oil, though you often do with plastic molds to help keep the chocolate from sticking.
In addition, with silicone molds, you should use a brush or something soft to work the tempered chocolate into smaller crevices and detail areas. This keeps you from inadvertently scratching the mold with a toothpick tip, and you don't risk introducing additional air bubbles, either.
You should also fill your silicone molds on a metal baking sheet so that you have a solid foundation. This is important since silicone is so flexible. Tap the baking sheet on the countertop a few times after filling to work out any air pockets in the molds.
What Is The Best Way To Remove Chocolate From Silicone Molds?
When the molds have chilled and the chocolate has set, removing the chocolates from silicone molds is actually a fairly easy process. You just turn the mold upside down and press gently on the bottom of each of the molded shapes. The soft silicone will release the chocolate with ease.
Silicone is a great tool for making molded chocolate candies, even if you want to make filled candies. With these tips, you can see why they are worth the investment and you can understand how to use them properly to get the most from your new tools.
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