You may find that being clever in 10 letters or less is harder than you thought, but you'll have fun trying. Writing on these little hearts will make a 140-character tweet seem like a novella. 

Step 1

Gather Materials

Conversation hearts are a fairly simple candy to make, but the Valentine treats come alive when the sweet nothings are personalized with the use of food-safe markers. DIY bonus: The homemade versions are a whole lot tastier than the store-bought variety when flavored using your favorite extracts. 

Step 2

Mix First Three Ingredients

Combine 1/4 oz. unflavored gelatin, 3 teaspoons light corn syrup and 1/2 cup boiling water in the bowl of a stand mixer and stir until completely dissolved. 

Step 3

Add Sugar

Add 8 cups of powdered sugar one cup at a time. Beat using stand mixer’s paddle attachment between each cup until sugar is completely integrated. Dough will become thicker with each cup added. 

Step 4

Mix Until Fluffy

Once all the powdered sugar has been added, continue to beat until the candy dough reaches a thick, fluffy consistency. Dough will be sticky, but when poked, the indentation will remain.

Step 5

Knead + Fold

Turn dough onto a flat surface generously dusted with powdered sugar. Knead the dough by pressing it flat, folding in half and repeating for several minutes until pliant and easily handled. 

Step 6

Separate By Color

Divide dough into as many pieces as you’d like colors and roll into balls. Poke an indentation into the center of each ball and add a few drops of flavored extract and food coloring to each, then knead each ball until color is even. 

Step 7

Roll Out Each Color

Roll each ball out to a thickness of about 1/4”.

Step 8

Cut Hearts

Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, stamp hearts from the dough. Although they can be made any size, a 1-1/2” to 1-3/4” candy is closest the the familiar candy size. We used both 1-3/4” and 2-1/2” cutters to create our homemade hearts.

Step 9

Let Set For a Day

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and arrange the candy on the tray and set aside in a cool location to dry. Depending on the size and thickness, candy should be ready to decorate in about 24 hours. 

Step 10

Write a Message

Using edible color food markers, write your custom Valentine message on each heart. Cute, heartfelt or even bawdy, your personal conversation hearts are sure to wow friends, classmates or that special someone.