A few days ago in class, friend and classmate of mine brought in a few antique molds that were given to her as a gift.They were gorgeous aluminum molds made around 1870 in Germany.Although they were fairly beat up from years of use, when she filled them and made hollow chocolates from them it turned out amazing looking.
So, I took it upon myself to get a few for me to try as well.I found a few websites that specialize in selling these antiques molds but they were far out of my price range!The very rare molds can run up to $300-$400 and the more affordable molds are from $60-$100.Being a college student who can barley rationalize the cost of going out to dinner, I thought that even a $75 mold was a little out of my price range.
Trying to find some cheaper reproductions I search on eBay.There were plenty of very cheaply made reproductions that were only for decoration, but I really wanted one that I could actually use.I finally found what I was looking for.An antique rabbit mold that was being sold by a person having an estate sale.I was the only one to bid on the bunny and won it for only $5!The mold was made in Switzerland in 1934 and while had a few scratches, was still in very good condition.
When it came in the mail a few days later I was extremely excited to test it out.I brought the mold to class the next day and cleaned and polished it several times before pouring in the tempered dark chocolate.The bunny took quite a while to set up, but when it did the rabbit turned out amazing!
I think that now collecting aluminum chocolate molds will be my new obsession, hopefully in the future I will be able to afford the truly rare shaped.If you feel like sending me one I will gladly accept!