Conversation hearts are a symbol of Valentine’s Day, but they are also a lot of fun to make at home and get the kids involved! I will show you how.
- 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 1 (1/4-ounce) packet unflavored gelatin (or 2 teaspoons)
- 1/2 cup water
- 8 cups powdered sugar (plus additional for dusting)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (or of your choice)
- Food coloring (your choice)
- Place the corn syrup, gelatin, and water in a small bowl.
- Stir until the gelatin is mixed then microwave until deflation dissolves ( about 30 seconds)
- Pour the gelatin mixture into the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. (Hand mixer can also be used)
- Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and turn the mixer to low, mixing until the sugar is incorporated.
- Continue adding powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until fully mixed
- The candy will progress from a thin, watery liquid to a very stiff dough.
- Sprinkle some powdered sugar onto a clean work surface
- Dust the top of the ball of candy with powdered sugar, and begin to knead the candy (candy will be very sticky and stiff) fold the ball of dough over onto itself, then use the heel of your hand to push it down.
- Knead until the candy is smooth and not sticky
- Decide how many colors of conversation hearts you want to make, and divide the dough into that many portions.
- Take one of the balls and flatten it into a palm-sized disc. Add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract to the center of the disc, and fold it over on itself. (It is a good idea to wear disposable plastic gloves during this step to keep your hands free of colors and odors.)
- Knead the dough ball, just as you did before until the color is evenly dispersed throughout the candy, and all streaks have disappeared.
- Repeat this process with remaining candy balls and colors/flavors, until all of your candy is colored and flavored.
- Roll out each ball to about 1/4 inch thick
- Use heart-shaped cutters to cut hearts out of the rolled candy, and transfer the hearts to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Allow your hearts to air-dry for at least 24 hours before you write on them.
- This step is VERY important, because the extra moisture in the hearts will cause the ink to run if you do not let them dry properly.
- Once fully dry use a food writing marker to write on them
- Store in an air tight container