What's better than a chocolate Kiss? How about a chocolate heart!
Sep 19, 2004
Pros: Easy to use, basic design, 15 pieces per tray!
The Bottom Line: The Bottom Line would love to receive some home made candy hearts!
Candy hearts arent just for Valentines Day. In fact, they are so easy to make that you could make a special little gift for someone just about any time. The Wilton Hearts Candy Mold is just the right size.
About this mold The Wilton Hearts Candy Mold is plastic with fifteen heart-shaped cavities. Each heart is approximately 1 1/4 inches tall, about the size of a quarter. They are fairly thick, not quite a half inch, which is enough to allow you to get a good bite into it, but not deep enough to make a filled candy. This mold should not be confused with Wiltons Heart-shaped Truffle Mold, which is designed to create filled hearts, but only yields seven pieces per tray. The tray itself is made of the traditional stick-resistant plastic that Wilton uses and finished candies are easily removed. The plastic is flexible, allowing you to pop out the candies, like an ice cube tray.
Directions Let me point out that Wilton does not include directions with their molds. They expect that you know how to make candy already. Melting instructions can be found on Wilton Candy Melt Bags. The directions I am providing here are based on my personal use and experience with candy making. I'm going to try not to go overboard with instructions, because this review is supposed to be about the mold, not an instruction book to candy making. Instructions are also available on the Wilton web site: www.wilton.com.
You can fill the mold entirely with melted chocolate, giving you a solid simple heart shaped candy. You can also make a dual-colored heart by layering different colors of candy melts, allowing the first layer to harden, and then filling the remainder of the mold with an alternate color. Chocolate with white chocolate, or white chocolate with dyed white chocolate both produce nice results. Of course, just plain is fine too. These molds are safe to use with Wilton candy dyes and flavorings and using these will not stain or leave a bad taste in the mold. Another nice touch is to paint the front of finished hearts with warm chocolate and dip into white nonpariel sprinkles.
Once the chocolate has set (15-20 minutes in the freezer usually does it, or about 30 minutes in the refridgerator) you flip the mold and "pop" the candy out.
Other details The best thing about Wilton molds is that they practically repel hardened chocolate, so candies are easy to remove from the mold. The only time I have ever had a problem with chocolate sticking was if it wasn't completely hardened yet. Because of the simplicity of this design, there is very little risk of the hearts sticking or breaking. In fact, I have never had one break yet. Since this is a simple shape mold, it is perfect for beginners in candymaking as well as advanced candy artists.
Clean up is extremely easy - a little warm water and soap and a few swipes with a sponge and it will be perfectly clean. They are top-rack dishwasher safe, but there is really no need to put them in the dishwasher at all. Wilton says not to use soap or place molds in the dishwasher because it can shorten the life span of the molds. I do not agree - if you do not use soap, there is an oily residue that is left behind from the chocolate which can cause bacteria growth in the mold when stored that way. These molds are extremely cheap, so if it breaks after ten uses, its no big loss. Ive been using several of my Wilton molds for over ten years, and the only ones that have broken were the ones that were not stored properly or were stepped on by accident. You should not be concerned about properly washing your molds.
This tray is great for a spur of the moment project as a little surprise for someone because it yields so many pieces per tray. Most molds only make about seven or eight pieces at a time, making them impractical for frequent use, as candy making is time consuming enough already. However, fifteen pieces is enough to make and box or bag up as a surprise for your sweetheart or as a surprise for a child.
Wilton products can be purchased at many craft stores, small candy-supply stores (check your local phone book - you'd be surprised how many there are!) and through the Wilton website. Basic candy making instructions can be found on the Wilton website as well.