Homemade Conversation Heart Candy for Valentine’s Day

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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 my almost 4-year-old do the rest. They taste so much better.

Homemade Conversation Heart Candy Recipe

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
Food coloring
Food markers
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.

5. Knead the color and flavoring into the dough.

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.

7. Let the hearts dry overnight.

They dried overnight on parchment paper. It was La Jolla Girl’s idea to put some hearts in little Wilton heart cups. This would be very cute wrapped up in cellophane with a festive ribbon.

8. Write whatever you like with a food marker. I think we’ll make these again and write her classmate’s names on the hearts.

Don’t throw away the scraps! As you can see above, La Jolla Girl mashed the colors together to make really cool-looking rainbow hearts. That was her idea entirely.

They are very sweet, but taste better than store bought-hearts, in my opinion. And, they took us less than an hour to make.

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  1. February 2, 2012 at 8:14 am — Reply

    i *love* this idea!! can’t wait to try!!

    the third boob….and other adventures in mommyhood

  2. Elizabeth Balwinski
    January 20, 2012 at 11:55 am — Reply

    oh whoops, I’m sorry. I just saw your comment from earlier, disregard mine then. Thank you!

  3. Elizabeth Balwinski
    January 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    Is there a vegetarian friendly substitute for gelatin that can be used instead?

    thank you.

  4. KC
    January 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm — Reply

    Do you have any idea how long these will last?

    • January 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm — Reply

      If memory serves me correctly we did keep these for a while, but they got hard. And I apologize that I don’t remember how long. However, a few days is completely fine. I sort of remember nibbling on them for almost a week.

  5. January 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm — Reply

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  6. January 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing, I’m definitely going to give this a try.

  7. January 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm — Reply

    Love this.
    Hey! I’m going to write that in a food marker on my homemade conversation hearts!

  8. January 26, 2011 at 8:37 am — Reply

    They are made by the same company that makes Necco Wafers but somehow Neccos taste good and the hearts don’t. Maybe it’s a thickness thing. I never knew hearts have gelatin – a vegetarian oops I guess!

    • January 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm — Reply

      I have been looking for a vegetarian gelatin or gelatin substitute. I heard about one, but can’t find it even to order online!

  9. January 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm — Reply

    These are awesome. I’m totally going to be making them! Thanks. 🙂

  10. January 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm — Reply

    LOVE THIS! So cute…we’re totally going to make these this weekend 🙂

  11. January 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    I cannot wait to try these! They look like so much fun to make…and yummy to eat! 🙂

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