I don’t like the chalky taste of store bought conversation hearts, but still buy them every Valentine’s Day. I found this super easy recipe online. Once I mixed the dough, I watched La Jolla Girl do the rest. They taste so much better.
Conversation Heart Ingredients:
1 tsp gelatin (1/2 packet)
1 tsp light corn syrup
1/4 cup of water
1 lb of powdered sugar, plus a little extra for dusting
Vanilla or almond extract
Heart shaped fondant or cookie cutters
You may double the ingredients if you need to make a lot of hearts. This recipe made about 4 dozen 1 inch hearts.
1. Mix the gelatin, corn syrup and water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds or until the gelatin has been melted.
2. Mix the above gelatin mixture and 1 cup of powdered sugar with a hand or stand mixer. Continue to add powdered sugar one cup at a time. It will turn into a gooey, thick dough.
3. Scrape dough off sides of bowl, and knead on a non stick surface until smooth. I use a Silpat Roul’Pat.4. Divide and color the dough. If you’re using flavoring, add a few drops. I used vanilla flavored corn syrup so omitted flavor.
6. Roll out the dough and use cookie or fondant cutters to make heart shapes. The dough is supposed to be about 1/4″ thick, but since it was La Jolla Girl in control, that wasn’t always the case.
8. Write whatever you like with a food marker. For La Jolla Girl’s school Valentine’s Day party. I think we’ll make these again and write her classmate’s names on the hearts.
They are very sweet, but taste better than store bought hearts, in my opinion. And, they took us less than an hour to make.