Sweet little jelly shot heart boxes are a cute way to spread a little love.
February 14th is rapidly approaching, and most people fall into one of two camps: 1) The “I’m in a relationship and get to spend this lovey-dovey holiday with my significant other” camp, or 2) the “I’m single and I hate Valentine’s Day” camp. (I fall into the latter this year.)
But whichever you fall into, I’ve got the treat for you! Whether you’re creating a special evening for that special someone or drinking away your sorrows while catching a movie with your friends (yup, that’s me)… these adorable boozy bites inspired by The Hungry Housewife's Valentine's Day recipe are perfect for your day of hearts.
To me, Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without some bubbly. (Come to think of it, most days aren’t complete without it, but that’s beside the point.) I also love the idea of cherry liquor to give the hearts a deep, rich flavor. (You could try a raspberry or strawberry liqueur if you prefer). The lemonade provides a nice base and adds a tartness to the shots.
Pour lemonade into a small saucepan, along with sugar if you prefer it a little sweeter.
Sprinkle with two envelopes of gelatin and allow to soak in a minute or two.
Heat on medium, stirring constantly until gelatin and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in liquor and S L O W L Y add sparkling wine. I know this is exciting stuff, but trust me. It will bubble up initially, but eventually die down. Add enough red food coloring to achieve the desired color.
Spray a small pan or breading pan with nonstick cooking spray and wipe out with a paper towel. This will leave just enough residue to help dislodge the shots later. Pour in mixture and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight.
When you're ready to make the white layer, pour water into a small saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow to soak in a minute or two and then heat on medium, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and pour into a heat-safe measuring cup. Add enough sweetened condensed milk to achieve approximately 1.5 cups of liquid. Stir to combine completely, then allow to cool for about 10 minutes. (You need it to be cooled down or it will melt the hearts.)
Remove the red mixture from the fridge and, using a small heart-shaped cutter, cut it into small shapes. Try to cut them as close together as you can so you can get the most out of your red gelatin. Clean out pan and again spray with cooking spray and wipe with a paper towel.
Arrange hearts in the tray in a straight line and equally spaced apart.
Carefully pour the cooled white mixture around the hearts. You may not need all of the white mixture… just fill until it’s right below the level of the hearts. You don't want to submerge them and you don’t want them floating. If you accidentally get a little white on top of the hearts, you can scrape it off once the mixture has set in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
Replace the pan in the refrigerator and allow to set at least 2-3 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, carefully turn the pan out on a cutting board and, using a very sharp knife, cut into even squares. Arrange on a platter and serve!
Who needs a box of conversation hearts when you have a box filled with a boozy heart? Cheers!
Jaymee Sire is an Emmy award-winning sports anchor by day and food blogger by night. (Or sometimes vice-versa depending on the sports schedule.) You can check out more of Jaymee’s delicious creations on her alphabet-themed food blog, e is for eat.