Why buy run-of-the-mill conversation hearts when you can make personalized candies at home? With a few supplies, you’ll have unique treats tailored to fit any occasion or season.
Homemade Conversation Hearts
Prep time: 20 minutes
Dry time: 24 hours
1 packet or 10 mL (2 tsp) unflavoured gelatine
10 mL (2 tsp) light corn syrup
125 mL (1/2 cup) water
910 grams (2 pounds) powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
Food colouring, assorted colours
Flavouring extracts (mint, lemon, vanilla, orange)
Plastic, disposable gloves
Heart-shaped cookie cutters*
Food colouring markers**
*Tip: Make these classic candies any time of year! Try other seasonal versions with cookie cutters shaped like eggs, bunnies, trees, bells, wreaths or snowmen.
**Tip: Don’t have food-colouring markers on hand? Dip the end of a toothpick in food colouring to write messages on your candies.
- Place gelatine, corn syrup and water in a small microwaveable bowl and stir until incorporated. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir to dissolve the gelatine
- Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer. Add 250 mL (1 cup) of powdered sugar and mix on low until the sugar is incorporated
- Continue adding powdered sugar to the bowl in 250 mL (1-cup) increments, allowing it to mix between each addition. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl periodically during the process, continuing until a soft dough is formed
- Dust your work surface and the dough with powdered sugar, then knead with the heels of your hand. Dust with powdered sugar as often as necessary to prevent stickiness. The dough will become silky and pliable
- Divide dough into the amount of different colours you would like to create, then form them into balls
- Wearing gloves, take a ball and flatten it into a small pancake. Then add a few drops of food colouring and flavouring extract in the centre
- Fold the pancake in half and knead until the colour is evenly distributed. Repeat the process with remaining balls until all the candy is coloured and flavoured
- Dust your work surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Roll a candy ball to desired thickness. Small, store-bought conversation hearts are approximately 1/2 centimetre (1/4-inch) thick
- Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the rolled candy, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Continue rolling and cutting until the ball is gone and repeat with the remaining colours
- Allow the shapes to air-dry for 24 hours before writing on them, otherwise the ink will run. After drying, use the markers to write messages or draw pictures
- Store the candies in an airtight container at room temperature
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