Homemade Candy Hearts

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Introduction: Homemade Candy Hearts

About: Hi, I'm Jen! In my free time I'm a crafter, food lover, and cake decorator. I also can't stop taking photographs! I have a genuine love and appreciation for all things creative and handmade.

I always looked forward to getting those tiny boxes filled with candy hearts for Valentine's Day. I distinctly remember the chalky hard texture that made them so enjoyable.

Making candy hearts turned out to be much easier than I had anticipated. If you have ever worked with or made fondant it is a very similar texture but dries much faster.

I was amazed that the flavor and texture was almost identical to the store bought candy hearts. I made my hearts a little bigger than the real thing to save some sanity and time! They are each about the size of a quarter.

They do take some patience as they have to dry for 48 hours!

Step 1: Candy Heart Recipe

Candy Heart Recipe - adapted from bravetart.com
3/4 t. Powdered Gelatin
1/4 c. Clear Soda, of your choice
3 c. Powdered Sugar

Food Coloring
Flavored Extracts

In a small mixing bowl dissolve gelatin in soda. After about 5 minutes, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water to melt the gelatin completely - until you can't see any granules.

Use a hand or stand mixer and mix in the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Keep adding the powdered sugar until you have stiff fondant-like dough. It will be somewhat sticky.

Step 2: Add Flavoring and Coloring

Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface dusted with powdered sugar and knead until smooth adding more powdered sugar if necessary.

Divide dough into as many portions as you would like colors/flavors.

Make a sort of bowl shape out of one of the pieces of dough. Pour in flavored extracts and add food coloring.

I made my candy hearts peppermint-vanilla (light pink and dark pink hearts) and vanilla bean (white hearts). It would be fun to try other flavorings like banana, orange, cherry, sour apple, etc.

Knead in the colors and flavors until well combined. Taste a piece of dough and add more extract if there is not enough. :)

Step 3: Roll and Cut Dough

Roll the dough to about 1/4” thickness and cut out shapes using small cookie cutters.

**I like to use square wooden dowels as guides for my rolling pin to make sure the thickness is the same throughout. This will make drying even amongst all of the candy hearts.

Arrange the candies on a parchment lined baking sheet and let dry for 48 hours. I know this is a long time but it takes that long to get them hard. Flip the hearts over occasionally to assure even drying on both sides.

Step 4: Stamp Messages

Once the hearts are completely dry you can stamp them with what ever message you would like.

**You can see in picture #1 that the hearts are not dry if they are two-toned. Do not stamp these hearts until they are dry!

Using a clean and new paint brush spread a thin layer of food coloring onto a small saucer. Press small, clean and new letter stamps into the food coloring and stamp onto the hearts! Repeat until you have stamped all the messages you want.

Let the food coloring dry before eating to avoid red lips and tongue!! :P

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42 Discussions

How can I make them softer

Hi! Please could you tell me what t. stands for and also if clear soda and powdered gelatin go by any other name!!? I'm a Brit and don't understand but would love to make these! :P Thanks!

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Hello there!

t. stands for teaspoons. Clear soda would be like Sierra Mist, 7-Up, Sprite, any soda product that is clear so don't use Pepsi or Coke since they are dark in color and will muck up the colors in the end product.

I'm not sure what else powdered gelatin would be called. Basically just unflavored gelatin like you would make jello with.

I hope this helps and happy heart making!

I know Im WAY late in the convo, but grenetin is another name for gelatinz

Thanks for the great recipe! Question: the ones I made are not turning out bright white - they are kind of off-white. Any tips for making them bright white? And also - is it necessary to use soda or does water work ok too?

these are super cool and east to make the perfect gift after I made them they looked so tempting but i couldn't eat them they weren't dry ???thx so much for the recipie

I sorry that this is not really related to the previous post but it it possible to make 'transparent' Candies in any way? And if you keep kneading the dough, will it still harden? And if you leave it too harden, how long will it take on average? Thanks for answering my previous question too! :D Sorry for the bombarding of questions, 'cus this stuff its too awesome... by the way, you're great ^^

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The candies will take 2-3 days to harden depending on humidity levels. This specific recipe will not create a transparent candy. If you choose not to color them they will be white.

Will the dough dry if you leave it untouched for a few minutes/half an hour or something?

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Yes. But if you wrap it in plastic wrap or keep it in an airtight container it should be fine for an hour or so. If you leave it out the dough will start to harden on the surface and you will get cracking when you try to cut the shapes out.

paste on to what?....sorry to sound so dense, but computers aren't my strong suit....

You could sure try it but with the amount so small I'm not sure you would be able to taste it after adding so much powdered sugar. I think you would still have to add flavoring.