Sunday, January 23, 2011

conversation hearts

valentine's day
wouldn't be complete
without a conversation
through
candy hearts

i remember the days
when hearts were carefully shared
making sure
i love you
didn't get inadvertently passed
to a
4th grade crush

also important

sharing only
the good flavors
anyone would shudder
to see
the object of her affection
chewing up and spitting out
her heart

ten years old
is too young
to fully understand
foreshadowing

this year
i am confident 
that hubster
will appreciate
an 
i love you
or three
in such flavors as
orancello
coconut
green tea
almond
anisette
coffee
and
vanilla bean 
 conversation hearts
(printable recipe)
1/4 oz gelatin
1/2 cup water
2 tsp light corn syrup
2 lbs powdered sugar
cornstarch
flavorings
color
rubber stamp kit or food color pens
place water in a bowl and sprinkle gelatin over.  let bloom.  add the corn syrup and gently cook in the microwave until the gelatin and corn syrup have melted.  do this in 20 second intervals. mix the gelatin mixture into about 2/3rds of the powdered sugar.  knead with your hands, adding more powdered sugar as necessary until the dough is satiny and doesn't stick to the counter.  divide the dough into 6-8 pieces, coloring and flavoring as desired.  keep tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, as this dough will dry out quickly.  keep some powdered sugar on hand, in case adding color and flavor makes the dough sticky.
  roll the dough out and cut with small heart cutter. 
 place on a cornstarch dusted sheet pan and let dry a minimum of 48 hours.
when ready to decorate, use food color based pens, or brush food coloring directly onto a rubber stamp with the words spelled backwards.  press the heart onto the stamp and let dry about 15minutes.  you can also paint food coloring directly onto the heart as well.
i used this stamp set for most of mine

these are so much fun to make
i think 
a robin's egg blue box 
full of 
marry me hearts
would be a darling
proposal
or
a love poem
stamped out
word by word
heart by heart
snaked down
the dining room table
as a simple but thoughtful
centerpiece
the possibilities are endless
Just. Like. Love

i am linking this up to
rook no 17
a little birdie told me

14 comments:

  1. I know I've told you before how cool you are. And I hate to sound redundant. But. This is so freakin' cool. You're cool. ;)

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  2. I love conversation hearts. Such a fun recipe!

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  3. Great recipe and tips! Where did you get that stamp? I need one ASAP so I can make these hearts with my kiddos.

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  4. colourful converstion looking tempting

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  5. colourful converstion looking tempting

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  6. WOW u have more patients then i could ever even imagine having! :) I dont think i could do that lol what a great idea tho!

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  7. great recipe, You are amazing.

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  8. Oh my goodness! They're exquisite! I love your gourmet flavors -- so much better than those old chalky ones. I, too, have fond memories of those hearts from childhood, and definitely relate to carefully combing through the batch for loaded messages. I was shopping for Valentines just the other day with my daughter, and we found some cute button/pins with conversation hearts on them. We thought of getting them for her classmates to incorporate into a valentine, but she noted that one of them said, "You're Hot", and shuddered at the thought that it might accidentally get into the mailbox of one of the boys in her class. LOL! Some things never change!

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  9. How cute! I laughed at your mention of making sure no one got the "I love you." I remember having to make sure all the boys got the most generic Valentine's I could possibly find so they wouldn't get the wrong idea!

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  10. Visiting from Rook No. 17's blog. These look fabulous!

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  11. Wow! Look at that! How cool!!!
    -CK

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing your gourmet conversation hearts at "A Little Birdie Told Me..." The flavors alone make me swoon with delight!

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  13. I love that you made your own! I never thought of there being 'bad' flavours of love hearts, though, they all taste of sherbert to me! :)

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  14. Love these...Can I post this on my wedding blog...I think Brides would love it!

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