Who said cleaning candy moulds was easy? I, for one, did not.
If your lollies stick to their moulds and leave pieces behind, resist the urge to use your teeth. Instead, read the best way to clean lolly moulds here, a guide based on my own head-banging-against-the-wall experience.
Wash in warm, soapy water is what we’re told to do. Do not use harsh abrasives or chemicals. A good girl, I followed the instructions and rinsed with boiling water. After drying them with kitchen paper, I flung them in their box.
Honestly, I’m not sure what happened the next day. I couldn’t believe the state of my moulds. Almost every mould, and I have a few, was covered with sticky bits. Had my husband tried to bake while I slept? Had a burglar sprinkled sugar over the moulds and burnt them onto the plastic? Of course, both of these theories were ludicrous ⸺ particularly my husband baking. Whatever the reason, I had no choice but to clean them again.
Lining up the moulds, I grabbed one at a time and began the same, painful task from the previous night. It didn’t work. I popped a tiny drop of washing up liquid into each cavity and scrubbed with a soft, clean toothbrush. I boiled them to death in a pan. I tortured them in the microwave on the highest temperature. Nothing.
I considered chucking them, setting them on fire and chopping them into a thousand bits. I went to bed that night feeling gloomy. Lolly moulds had beaten me.
When I woke the next day, I was ready to attack the little suckers again, one last time. Out came the toothbrush, kitchen towel and cooking spray (the one I used was Fry Light). I sprayed into each cavity and set to work with my toothbrush. The stickiness was shifting. I scrubbed a little at a time and removed the excess with kitchen towel, using a toothpick to get into the crevices. By the time I had finished, the moulds were as good as new. I was overjoyed.
Don’t scorch your lolly moulds, use cooking spray, a toothbrush, a cocktail stick and kitchen towel.
Try this for yourself. Don’t panic. Although this, as they say, is easier said than done.
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