How do I use molds for making hard candy?
LorAnn sells several types of candy molds: hard plastic molds, hard plastic two-piece molds, and plastic sheet molds. The only types of candy molds that are not suitable for hard candy use are the flexible rubber molds (these are used to make cream cheese and butter mints), and the clear plastic chocolate & soap molds.
For hard candy use, all molds need to be prepared before use. Hand wash all molds in warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly. After the molds have dried, lightly spray the mold cavities with cooking spray (we recommend PAM). If too much cooking spray accumulates in the cavities, simply wipe off the excess with a paper towel.
Insert sucker stick into mold*, making certain that one end extends to about the middle of the mold cavity. Pour candy into mold and allow to harden. Do not refrigerate. Your suckers should pop-out of the molds easily when the candy has hardened.*If using a two-piece plastic mold, prepare as instructed above and attach pieces together with clips provided. Pour candy into molds, and then add sucker sticks.