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
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. 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.