Valentine’s Day is a month away! I don’t know about you but my favorite Valentine’s Day candy is conversation hearts. I love those sweet, colorful tiny hearts with cute sayings on them. Although the last few years I think they taste different, and not in a good way. I’m not sure if they changed the recipe favors or if my adult taste buds are different. Either way I still eat them :) This year as a fun activity for me and my kids I wanted to attempt to make our own.
Gel food coloring
The first three ingredients are a bit hard to find. I got them in the cake decorating section of my local craft store, which I frequent since I make cakes. I also used gloves to keep my hands from being dyed, a small heart cookie cutter, a mini heart punch and a rolling pin. If you have them or want to buy them, I also used food markers to write on mine to personalize them.
The colors and flavors I chose were:
Pink – Strawberry
Purple – Raspberry
Orange – Orange
Blue – Piña Colada
Green – Spearmint
First pinch off about 1/2 – 2/3 cup gum paste. Then add about 5-6 drops of flavoring and 1-2 drops of gel coloring. Knead it with gloves using powdered sugar to keep it from sticking to the counter and your gloves. Knead until the color is even throughout. Next roll it out on a counter dusted with powdered sugar. Cut out hearts and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet to dry out. They will be ready after about 48 hours, then you can write on them with a food marker :)
I used some scraps to re roll and punch mini hearts with a punch I got on clearance last year. I love how tiny and adorable they turned out. I’m going to put them in an old altoids tin and keep them in my purse.
I love how they turned out! The taste is so much better also, even my husband who really dislikes conversation hearts loves them. Now that made me very happy :)
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy this Valentine’s season with those you love :) xoxo