Candy molds are used to form sugar candy and chocolates into decorative shapes. Molds can be seasonal (Christmas trees, Halloween pumpkins, etc) or all-purpose (bonbon shapes, simple round or square designs). The most basic type of candy mold is pictured here: the sugar or chocolate candy is poured into the mold, allowed to harden, and then popped out once set, creating a flat candy with a molded design on the front side. Other molds can produce solid 3-D candy designs, or hollow candies perfect for filling with other confections. Some are simple silicone, plastic or metal sheets, while others are hinged or snapped together.
High-quality candy molds will last for years if cared for properly. Always wash your molds by hand, using gentle soap and water, and be sure to wash them soon after removing the candy.