Soundtrack: My Funny Valentine, Frank Sinatra
finished conversation hearts
silpat lined baking sheet
food safe gloves
food safe pen (i used Gourmet Writer)
small heart shaped cookie cutter
1/4 oz gelatin (one packet)
4 oz sprite
40 oz powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
corresponding food coloring
weigh out all ingredients on scale (if you don’t have a scale i have a feeling the accuracy isn’t too finicky in this recipe so just convert. ie: 40oz is roughly 5 cups)
combine gelatin and sprite in heat safe bowl. mix with fork over simmering water just until gelatin is melted.
in standard mixer with beater attachment, place gelatin sprite mixture and one cup powdered sugar. mix on low speed.
continue to add in more powdered sugar and mix to combine until a play dough like consistency forms.
knead dough with more powdered sugar if necessary (for me it was).
divide into however many flavors you plan on making
wearing food safe rubber gloves, add in small amount of flavoring (i used a scant 1/4tsp) and coloring. mix in hands to combine
flatten out (with rolling pin or hand). use cookie cutter to cut out hearts. pace on silpat lined baking sheet to harden out overnight.
decorate using food safe pen <3
Review: these are so so so much fun to make. the flavors i did were: strawberry, champagne, brandy, peppermint, and vanilla. i loved all of the flavors, except brandy, which now reminds me of that eggnog fudge i made, which is sadly a flavor i cannot seem to get on board with. i was supposed to write on them with a friend, but we got sidetracked so the majority of mine still remain unadorned. however they’re so adorable i don’t really mind. apparently Sprite is what gives them that flavor profile reminiscent of actual candy hearts, whatever it is – it works. these turn out a bit softer than the store bought kind, but you can leave them out for more nights if that’s what you want to eventually achieve.