During the first half of the 19th century, chocolate molds appeared. To obtain the desired shape or pattern, chocolatiers use molds made from different materials. The polycarbonate chocolate mold is being used more and more. However, it has advantages and disadvantages.
Use and characteristics of polycarbonate chocolate molds
Nowadays, polycarbonate chocolate molds are becoming more and more popular on the market. They are made out of a non-flammable material discovered by researchers Schneel, Bottenbruch and Krimm from the Bayer AG group in 1953.
Commercialized since 1958, the thermal resistance of polycarbonate makes it a very useful material to manufacture chocolate. Currently, chocolatiers and pastry chefs opt for polycarbonate chocolate molds rather than other chocolate molds. This is because it is more suitable and easy to use compared to other molds (metal or silver) to manufacture chocolate.
In addition, polycarbonate chocolate molds are easy to find on the market and are more cost-effective. In the professional world, polycarbonate chocolate molds are chocolate specialists’ favorite because of their transparency. In addition, they are easier to keep in good condition.
Advantages and disadvantages of polycarbonate chocolate molds
Increasingly used in the manufacturing of chocolate, chocolate polycarbonate molds have various advantages. Classified among rigid plastics, they are very resistant to heat.
Convenient for the manufacturing of chocolate products, they allow for easy demolding without the risk of breakage and make the product very smooth and shiny. In addition, polycarbonate chocolate molds highlight the model’s shapes and decorations. In terms of quality and quantity, this chocolate mold is the best. It does not need to be greased.
Properly tempered, the polycarbonate chocolate mold allows for quick and easy demolding. It also promotes the crystallization and removal of cocoa butter.
However, polycarbonate molds also have drawbacks. Researchers have found that polycarbonate materials can be harmful to one’s health. Indeed, there are particles of “bisphenol A” that are suspected to be endocrine disruptors in polycarbonates. Today most molds of this type are sanitarily controlled, and no longer represent danger.