Remember Valentine’s Day when you were in grade school? The 50-to-a-box Valentine cards flew fast and furious and those tiny, chalky, heart-shaped candies called conversation hearts were doled out with a special message for the recipient emblazoned on each one. “KISS ME.” “BE MINE.” “TOO CUTE.” Occasionally heartbreaking when that cutie across the aisle hits you with the most painful of the pre-packaged hearts, “NO WAY.” Ouch. Each sweet nothing would be carefully contemplated before popping the holiday candy into your mouth. So much said in so few letters, they make a 140-character tweet seem like a novella.
A few years ago, NECCO (creators of the classic confection) updated their classic candy hearts with a few new phrases to bring the nearly 150-year-old candy into the 21st century, adding such phrases as “YOU ROCK,” “TOP CHEF” and “TEXT ME.” A great start, but we thought we could do better. This year we made our own conversation hearts. It turns out being clever in 10 letters or less was harder than we thought, but we had a grand time giving it a try.
Up to the challenge? Using the simple recipe below, you can create your own candy canvases on which to inscribe sweet nothings using food-safe markers. DIY bonus — using store-bought (or better still, homemade) extracts, the homemade version of this holiday favorite tastes downright delightful. Sweet talk, indeed.