I have a fair few vices when it comes to time wasting. Pinterest, definitely. Twitter to a (large) extent. But my biggest time suck can usually be attributed to online baking stores, none more so than The Craft Company. This is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of baking supplies. Practically everything you can dream of – and several things you would never imagine even existed – are stocked here.
I was given the opportunity to review something from the website up to the value of £10. Naturally it took me a good few hours to decide. I was like a kid in a candy store, only worse. In the end I opted for a couple of chocolate moulds – something I always wanted to try.
I received a buttons mould (£2.99) and a spoons (£2.99) one. The moulds are made of high quality food grade silicone. They can be used to make chocolates but also candy, jellies and so on. In terms of choice they are the tip of the iceberg actually – there’s moulds in the shape of everything from stars and hearts to bugs and Camper Vans!
On my first attempt, I tempered some plain chocolate then painted a thin layer of chocolate inside the moulds using a pastry brush. I then topped them up with more melted chocolate and put in the freezer for 10 minutes. This method was not very successful however – possibly because the moulds I chose were so small… or because my technique was a bit sloppy.
On my second attempt I used Silver Spoon strawberry flavour buttons. I melted them in a bain marie, cooled them slightly then used a flexible spatula to fill the moulds. This was much easier and the results were fantastic. I made the sweetest strawberry flavoured buttons – I can see these being very cute cupcake toppers or even children’s treats. But – and this is a big but- although these came out perfectly they very quickly melted in the heat. So I guess in the summer it’s probably best to stick to chocolate when using these moulds!
Overall I was very impressed with the quality of the products and incredibly prompt delivery. I have bookmarked a few (=hundred) more items I want to try!
Disclaimer: I was sent these products to review by The Craft Company.