How To Get Chocolate Out Of Molds Without Breaking: Quick Guide!

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Last Updated on February 6, 2023

Today, we’re going to be looking at how to get chocolate out of molds without breaking. If you’ve made the decision to start making and molding your own chocolate, you may have already experienced the most common problem that comes with it: the chocolate breaking when you try to remove it from the mold.

Chocolate is very fragile and can be extremely difficult to remove from molds, particularly if you’ve not followed all of the necessary steps to make it as easy as possible. If this is something you’re struggling with, there are plenty of ways to help and this is what we’ll be exploring in this post.

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you may find some of these tips helpful and they’ll further your journey in chocolate molding and making.

What Are Chocolate Molds?

Depending on where you are in the world, you may know them as molds (US) or molds (UK). A mold is essentially a container that alters the shape of something. It’s most often used in food preparation. In our case, we’re looking at molds that shape chocolate.

What Are Chocolate Molds

Types of Chocolate Molds

When it comes to choosing molds, there are plenty of options, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular options.

  • Silicone Molds. These are often the most affordable and extremely popular. Silicone is popular because of its flexibility and its ease to release foods. It’s also super easy to clean.
  • Metal Molds. These are most popular for their durability and longevity, which is why they’re perfect for an avid chocolate maker.
  • PVC Molds. These are popular as they last a long time, come in a range of designs, and are relatively easy in releasing foods.
  • Polycarbonate Molds. These molds are simple to use, easy to clean, and are known for being the best molds in the business.

Removing Chocolate From Silicone Molds

Removing chocolate from silicone is the easiest way if you’re a beginner. Leave your chocolate to set in the refrigerator. Once set, remove and turn the mold upside down. Depending on the size, you may want to gently peel away the edges first. Once you’ve done this, gently push down onto each mold with your thumb; this should cause it to release without breaking.

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Do You Spray Silicone Molds For Chocolate?

You may be tempted to spray your molds to help them release from the molds easier. However, greasing is not typically necessary when it comes to molding chocolate. As long as you’re following the correct steps in molding and setting the chocolate in your silicone mold, it shouldn’t need any oil.

How to Remove Chocolate From Metal Molds

When it comes to metal tins, you may want to use a small amount of spray in each cavity. Chocolate is notoriously difficult to remove from metal molds, so the oil will help in removing them. Once the chocolate is set, if you’re still struggling with gently tapping the chocolate out, you can try using a thin knife (such as a butter knife) to carefully remove the chocolate without breaking.

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How To Get Chocolate Out Of Molds Without Breaking

How to Get Chocolate Out of Polycarbonate Molds

While polycarbonate molds can prove quite tricky when it comes to releasing, they do usually have the best results when it comes to the finished result. The best way to get chocolate out of these particular molds is practice and patience. I also swear by placing these molds in the freezer for around 5 minutes once set. That quick freeze helps the chocolate to release with ease.

How to Pour Chocolate Into Molds

The better the cavities are filled, the easier they’ll be to remove from the molds. The best way to fill molds with chocolate is with a squeezy bottle. Squeezing the chocolate into each cavity creates a little mess and it’s easy to fill to the exact amount of you need. You can also use a spoon, but this will not be as accurate and takes precision. Be sure to tap the mold gently once all holes have been filled.

Tips: How to Get Chocolate Out of Molds Without Breaking

If you’re looking for some quick, easy tips on how to get chocolate out of molds without breaking, then look no further. These are fool-proof and I’ve found they’ve always worked. Let’s take a closer look.

Change Mold

Ensure you’re using a mold that’s suitably made for chocolate. Other molds may not be quite as effective and may make it more difficult when it comes to releasing. Also, if you’re a beginner, you may find starting with a silicone mold is the best option, rather than something like a polycarbonate mold.

Practice – How To Get Chocolate Out Of Molds Without Breaking

The saying, practice makes perfect, definitely applies to making chocolate. The more you practice removing the chocolate, the easier it will become.

Temper Your Chocolate Correctly

Tempering the chocolate correctly is the easiest way to ensure a smooth release. The chocolate shouldn’t be shiny as it means the fat isn’t combined well enough. You should also ensure you’re stirring enough when tempering for the best results.

Be Gentle – How To Get Chocolate Out Of Molds Without Breaking

Being gentle is the key when releasing chocolate. The gentler you are, the more likely the chocolate will release without any problems. It may seem like an obvious one, but this is the easiest way to achieve it!

Temperature Check

You may have tried to remove your chocolates too early, which does cause problems. Be sure the chocolate has been set before trying to remove it from the mold.

Conclusion – How To Get Chocolate Out Of Molds Without Breaking

I hope this post has helped you to learn how to get chocolate out of molds without breaking. While it may seem daunting at first, by following these tips and methods you’ll be a chocolate-making expert in no time at all!

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to removing chocolate from molds without breaking? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

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