“ Brand: Allforhome / Type: Bakeware „
I bought these to go with our gingerbread house - and then decided they were too small. The gingerbread men and candy canes are only about 1" tall. I was hoping to review them sooner but because I didn't get a chance to bake anything in these until yesterday, I was unable to review them. I bought mine from ebay for £2.99, but as delays in postage are no longer an issue you can pick up a set from ebay, posted from China for only £1.99 - or if gingerbread men don't suit - you can choose dinosaurs, robots, angels or clocks and tea pots. Both prices include free postage, but if bought on Amazon this will cost £2.99 + £1.99 for postage.
I have used these to bake very small gingerbread men using the same dough that I used for my gingerbread house. These came out very nice with the features clearly visible and they were very nice and soft as well. They are difficult to decorate however as they are so small. We also made a couple of them out of marzipan. This really does look like it would melt in the oven, and I have only used it once, but I do have other similar silicone moulds and have used them several times. I did not have room to put this on a baking sheet this time, so it went straight onto the rack at 180 degrees with no problems, but it is quite floppy when you pull it out. I washed it in the dishwasher afterwards. Again no problems. Once this was clean I filled it with water and make Christmas ice cubes for the boys. They really liked these but this is only just barely enough ice for two small glasses of juice.
I have not used this particular set for chocolate, but I have done so with a similar set and you can make some beautiful Christmas chocolates for a fraction of the price. You can also make shapes out of coloured roll out icing which make lovely cup cake toppers. I use a tooth pick dipped in food colour to paint on features like eyes.
I want to continue to use these for food, so will not add things like wax, but if you have a spare set, you can also melt crayons and fill the moulds only 1/4 of the way full. When these dry, pop the shapes out and use a blob of melted wax to attach them to the sides of a large plain candle, making a very decorative Christmas candle. Or you can fill the gingerbread men all the way up and make funny shaped crayons. I do feel that silicone keeps a smell from melted crayons and candles though so would only use a mould I did not want to use again for food. I think this would be lovely with Fimo as well.
Whatever you put in this, it seems to pop out easily, in one piece, without leaving any dough or other materials inside. This makes washing very easy, and in fact I could have just rinsed and dried this if I hadn't been in such a hurry. I'm not certain if it meant to go in the dishwasher, but we had no problems with this.