Sure this works great... If you like broken candy!
Aug 14, 2004
Cons: candy breaks upon removal, molds too shallow
The Bottom Line: This design is too flawed to cause anything but frustration.
Oh, such a disappointment we have here! While I am generally incredibly loyal to Wilton products and use them almost exclusively for baking and candy making, I was shocked to find a product of theirs that I just can't recommend - the Classic Mint Disks Candy Mold.
About the mold The mold is plastic with 16 circular molds built in. The actual mold shape is about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and about 1/4 inch deep. The face of the mold has a swirl design, similar to that of a peppermint candy, that imprints in the chocolate when molded. I think Wilton uses some special type of plastic, because I never have a problem with the candy sticking or with clean up. The plastic is fairly flexible, allowing you to contort the mold when popping out the candies.
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.
You fill the mold entirely with melted chocolate, giving you a solid, hard disk of candy similar to that of a chocolate coin. I was hoping to be able to make filled candies in here as well, in the style of a Peppermint Patty. This was disappointment #1. Because of the embossed face of the mold, you can't make a filled candy because the mold is just too shallow. Now, Wilton could have easily made this just slightly deeper, keeping the integrity of the design that they intended, but allowing for filled disk-style candies to be made as well. I have come to expect that kind of versatility from Wilton and I was really upset to learn that buying this mold had become more or less pointless, as it will not do what I wanted it to do. Of course, you could make mint-flavored chocolate disks by adding candy flavoring to the chocolate, but it just doesn't have the texture of that nice smooth filling.
Once the chocolate has set (15-20 minutes in the freezer usually does it) you flip the mold and "pop" the candy out, much in the way you would do with an ice cube tray. This was disappointment #2. Generally, I have never had a problem removing candy from Wilton molds. However, with these, every time I tried to "pop" the candy out, they would split in half, again because they were just too thin. Only about 30% of my candies actually survived removal from the tray. Yes, you could re-melt the broken candy and start over, but I have no intention of using a mold that only yields 4 candies for about 45 minutes worth of work.
Anything else? 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. That is, if you've even made it to this point and haven't tossed the entire thing in frustration.
Final thoughts With so many other worthwhile candy molds made by Wilton (such as the Truffle Mold) I can't see any reason to waste the energy fighting with this poor design.