Hard candy can be made into any desired shape or design. In the past, the only types of hard candy molds created were those made from metal. Today, there are a variety of candy mold materials and designs to choose from. Hard candy molds come in just about every type of medium-from plastic molds for individual bite-size hard candies to candy cane and lollipop molds.
Three-dimensional Hard Candy Molds
This type of mold comes in two pieces. Both sides are fitted together, clipped in place and then filled through a hole in the bottom or top of the mold. This type of mold is also used for making filled or hollow chocolate candies.
Hard candies are generally made with some type of syrup. The syrup is poured into the hard candy molds and then popped out after the candy has cooled.
Hard candy lollipop molds or rings are durable plastic made to withstand high temperatures. These rings are used with sucker sticks and are essential in lollipop creation.
To make lollipops, you start with a cold marble slab. Use non-stick vegetable spray to coat the surface of the slab and the rings. Lay the rings out and insert a lollipop stick between the tabs in each of the molds. Be sure the stick is inserted into the lollipop mold to at least ¼ the width of the lollipop.
For more control and accuracy, feed the liquid candy into the ring through a funnel. Once the ring is filled, turn the sucker stick to coat it. Coating the stick with liquid candy will give it more stability once the lollipop has hardened.
Aluminum rings and molds come in a variety of shapes. Silicone molds can withstand extreme temperatures of up to 450 degrees and are flexible enough to create even the most intricate designs. Simply wait five minutes after pouring the candy-or until the candy has hardened-and pop the candy out of the mold
Candy Mold Care
Candy molds do not need to be washed after each use. In fact, candy molds shouldn't be washed after each use. If washed with hard dishwashing detergents, candy molds actually discolor and lose their shine. Even mild dish soap can ruin the finish on a plastic candy mold. Since hot water will also warp a plastic mold, it's best if candy molds are washed with lukewarm water and allowed to drip dry. Candy molds should always be stored flat.
Using barley water instead of regular tap water was a trick the British used when making barley candy lollipops. The difference is that barley water creates a brittle, transparent candy with a consistency that is slightly sticky, due to the starch in the barley.
By boiling a certain amount of sugar with a certain amount of water, we can create crystallized sugar. This crystallized sugar is commonly called rock candy or rock sugar candy. Making rock candy is a simple procedure, but it requires a steady hand and a little bit of patience.