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Make Your Own Heart Conversation
Food & Drink
Materials 1/4 oz unflavored gelatin 3 teaspoons light corn syrup 1/2 cup water 8 cups powdered sugar (plus 1 cup for dusting work surface) Flavor extracts (vanilla, peppermint, etc) Food coloring Edible color food markers
Tools Stand mixer Heart-shaped cookie cutters Parchment paper Baking tray
Conversation hearts are a fairly simple candy to make, but the Valentine treats come alive when the sweet nothings are personalized with the use of food-safe markers. DIY bonus: The homemade versions are a whole lot tastier than the store-bought variety when flavored using your favorite extracts.
Combine ¼ oz unflavored gelatin, 3 teaspoons light corn syrup and ½ cup boiling water in the bowl of a stand mixer and stir until completely dissolved.
Add 8 cups of powdered sugar one cup at a time. Beat using stand mixer’s paddle attachment between each cup until sugar is completely integrated. Dough will become thicker with each cup added.
Once all the powdered sugar has been added, continue to beat until the candy dough reaches a thick, fluffy consistency. Dough will be sticky, but when poked, the indentation will remain.
Turn dough onto a flat surface generously dusted with powdered sugar. Knead the dough by pressing it flat, folding in half and repeating for several minutes until pliant and easily handled.
Divide dough into as many pieces as you’d like colors and roll into balls. Poke an indentation into the center of each ball and add a few drops of flavored extract and food coloring to each, then knead each ball until color is even.
Roll each ball out to a thickness of about ¼”.
Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, stamp hearts from the dough. Although they can be made any size, a 1 ½”-1 ¾” candy is closest the the familiar candy size. We used both 1 ¾” and 2 ½” cutters to create our homemade hearts.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and arrange the candy on the tray and set aside in a cool location to dry. Depending on the size and thickness, candy should be ready to decorate in about 24 hours.
Using edible color food markers, write your custom Valentine message on each heart. Cute, heartfelt or even bawdy, your personal conversation hearts are sure to wow friends, classmates or that special someone. Recipe yields about 60 hearts. Check out more on the DIY network. Enjoy ^.^