Why make your own conversation hearts? Well, you can say exactly what you want to, in any language you choose!
Weʼre gearing up for the loveliest (pun intended) day of the year, Valentineʼs Day!
As we all know, conversation hearts are a signature VDay candy and we were inspired by Diamonds for Dessert to recreate them with a personal touch.
These sweet little candies are extra special because you can customize each heart by writing a charming, fun or sexy love message on them, or spell out a personal message using several of them together. Sending them to someone overseas? Spell out your words in another language!
You can customize the flavoring too. I made them all coconut flavor and to me they tasted even better than the originals.
Let's start! Combine the water, gelatin and corn syrup in a microwavable bowl and heat for about 15 seconds until gelatin has dissolved.
Pour the gelatin mixture into a mixer with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time, until all of the powdered sugar is used. You'll end up with a stiff dough that’s just a little sticky.
Lay parchment paper out and cover with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Place the dough on the parchment paper. Knead the dough with powdered sugar until the stickiness goes away.
Divide the dough into four pieces.
Place each piece in an individual zip-top bag so the dough won’t dry out.
Working with one section of the dough at a time, create a small hole in the center and add a few drops of coconut extract and a few drops of food coloring (whatever color you’re working with: Red, purple, yellow, etc.).
Tip: Use disposable plastic gloves to keep your hands clean!
Knead the dough until the color is even throughout. Also, have enough powdered sugar on the parchment paper so you can keep dipping the dough in it when it gets too sticky.
When you’re not using a dough, place it in a bag to keep moist.
Once all of the coloring and flavoring is done, roll out the dough, one at a time, to about 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick.
Use a tiny heart cutter to create the shapes.
Let them dry for 24 hours.
Letting them dry is important when using dye to write on them. If they are moist the dye will run!
Once the hearts are dried, use a few drops of red food coloring and have plenty of toothpicks on hand. Dip a toothpick into the coloring and slowly write whatever phrase or words you want on the heart.
SO much more personal than store-bought!
Remember, you can even write in another language!
Deliver all those customized sweethearts to your sweetheart.
No Valentine card could be as personal – or as delicious!