Valentine's Day. Whether you love it or hate it, there is something sweet about giving your loved ones homemade candy. The wonderful thing about these conversation candy hearts is you can personalize them with whatever saying you want, dye them with natural food coloring. And then let's not forget about wowing your friends and family with your candy-making skills.
Conversation Hearts [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons glucose syrup
- 2 tablespoons agar agar powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 cups confectioner's sugar
- Various flavors and colors of your choice
- Edible dye pen or you can also use a fine brush and food coloring
- In a mixing bowl, quickly whisk together the boiling water, syrup, salt, and agar agar.
- Pour into the bowl of your electric mixture with paddle attachment and on medium-high speed start slowly adding 5 cups of the confectioner's sugar.
- You’ll need to stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- The mixture will start to turn into a glossy, fondant-like substance.
- Sift some confectioner's sugar onto a clean surface and knead the fondant until smooth.
- Separate into as many pieces as you have colors/flavors.
- Roll each piece into a ball and flatten a little. Add a couple of drops of coloring and a small amount of flavor. Knead until evenly distributed.
- Roll out to about 3/4-milimeter thick and cut out with your cutter (if your cutter is bigger than an average candy heart, roll the fondant out thinner).
- You can roll over again to make the most out of your fondant.
- Repeat for the remaining colors and flavors.
- Lay the hearts out onto trays lined with baking paper and allow to air dry for a full 24 hours.
- Decorate with sayings using a dye pen or fine brush with food coloring.
- Agar Agar