Thursday, February 12, 2015

Using Plastic Chocolate Candy Molds For Hard Candy, A Precautionary Tale

Bubbling Hard Candy Syrup

I am not an amateur in the kitchen, not even an amateur at working with candy molds. I am however, quite the amateur hard candy maker! Melting and pouring chocolates into molds is more my candy making style. Which would explain why I had way more chocolate molds than I had silicone candy molds. It didn't even occur to me that what I was about to do would result in melted plastic and inedible "candy", or in our case, homemade herbal cough drops.

When I set out to make the homemade herbal cough drop recipe, I rummaged through my bins of candy making supplies, and keeping the desired size in mind, grabbed a plastic mold that fit the bill. Although it was Christmas themed, I thought the size would work well. I must have thought at least four times before I began pouring the syrup that I should use the silicone molds instead, but I wasn't a huge fan of how deep they were.

Melted Plastic Chocolate Candy MoldMy homemade herbal cough drop recipe, like any hard candy, requires you to get the syrup to 300 degrees (hard crack stage).  As I was transferring the syrup to the mold, I was initially frustrated with my inability to get the syrup to perfectly fill the mold just so. I ended up with extra syrup going up over the sides. I went full speed ahead anyway, thinking I'd be able to break the extra bits off after they cooled. As I filled the last candy mold cavity, I realized that the plastic candy mold was actually melting!

After doing a bit of looking around, I found they do in fact sell hard candy molds, like this hexagon mold that would be great for homemade herbal cough drops.

~On the bright side~

Although I was a bit frustrated about wasting good syrup for our homemade herbal cough drop recipe, there were many things that I am grateful for!

  1. I had the foresight to put down wax paper to help with clean-up and it was indeed a lifesaver for my cookie sheet
  2. I learned a valuable lesson about using the right "tool" for the job. 
  3. I was reminded that silicone molds are awesome!
Do you have a "gone awry" kitchen story to share? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!

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