Post # 1
I think I’ve come across a good idea for a favor/detail that would be inexpensive but cute – chocolate lollipop or chocolates made from a mold in the shape of a helicopter – FI is a heli pilot.
Has anyone made chocolate lollipops before? And if you have, how long do they keep before going bad? I am just wondering how far in advance I could do these in case I decide to go this route. I can’t imagine it’s going to be something I’ll want to do in the week or so before the wedding…
Thanks for any help you can offer!
Post # 3
I haven’t made the lollipops but the regular chocolates to see if I liked them as a favor idea. I kept a container of them in the freezer for about a month and once I let them get to room temp they were good again. I’d just make sure it is a good plastic container with a good seal so they don’t get any ice crystals on them!
Post # 4
I have. They are actually quite simple! Ive done a flat type and a 3D type…Id suggest the flat ones. Test run a few first to get the hang of popping them out of the mold, but typically they slide right out. Dont overfill the modl otherwise the back looks uneven and lumpy. Id underfill by a few millimeters to be sure its even (but be sure it covers the stick sufficiently, otherwise the stick breaks through. Ive used both metal and plastic molds, both work. I dont know how long they keep to be honest, I alwyas make them right before I need them. Its chocolate though, Id think they keep for some time in the fridge or freezer. You just have to be sure to watch so they dont get that white powdery coating on them from storing.
Post # 5
I looked online for various chocolate items (including brownies) and I found that some items clearly can be stored for months (crazy!) I made the chocolate molds a few months prior (2 to be exact) and they have kept and still taste and look delish. I think more than 2 months they might taste a little funny.
Also in case anyone is wondering they say you can store brownies for up 6 months :-O
Post # 6
Thanks ladies – those are great tips. And thanks for the brownie info too – they’re my favorite. Think it’s time for brownies to replace cupcakes as the wedding dessert trend of the future! ;0)
Post # 7
Chocolate has a really long shelf life, as long as it’s kept out of heat (i.e. the only real danger is melting). I worked in a gourmet chocolate shop for 3 years and we NEVER froze our chocolate — never, ever, ever. Freezing can give your chocolate a chalky appearance, texture and even taste. It gets kind of flaky/crumbly and has fine white powder that accumlates on the outside.
I’d say you can definitely do these ahead, but invest in a good way to package them (shrink wrap/saran wrap and a hairdryer can work if you move quickly; maybe do a 20 minute freeze first if you’re having trouble with details melting) so they’re airtight – you don’t want ants or anything else getting into them. Then leave them somewhere cool, dark and dry where they’ll be safe. Maybe the top shelf of a pantry, in tupperware in the closet, in the basement, something like that.
Post # 8
I have a post on this regarding airplane molds see my post for some tips.
Post # 9
going to check the airplane mold!! i want to make some for my son’s halloween bag… but i have to find where to purchase the molds!!
Post # 10
They aren’t hard to make – not sure how long they keep though. I would talk to somebody at your local Hobby Lobby or Michael’s Craft store (they have a whole entire dept dedicated to this sort of thing) and pick their brain. 🙂
Post # 11
I’ve tried this a few times, definately underfill a bit as KellyV suggested. After you pop it into the fridge to chill and are ready to unmold, tap it on the counter and they should all pop out easily. Good luck!