Homemade Conversation Hearts

Homemade Valentine Conversation Hearts

Are you looking for the perfect last minute addition to your Valentine’s Celebration? Look no further!

This is a really fun way to show someone you care. Can’t you just see a special little bag filled with personalized conversation hearts? Or, take a box of store bought conversation hearts, pour them out and fill the box with your very own personalized hearts.


2 tsp. Light Corn Syrup

1 packet Unflavored Gelatin

1/2 cup Water

2 lbs. Powdered Sugar plus 1 lbs. for dusting

Food Coloring Markers

Small Heart Shaped Cutter (We got our mini cutters and food markers at JoAnne’s a few years ago. You can get them at Michaels and Roberts, as well as online).

Vanilla Extract (or extract of your choice, such as almond)

Food Coloring


Put the Water, Corn Syrup, and Gelatine in a small bowl and mix really well. Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Take it out and stir until combined and smooth.

Conversation Hearts

Pour the mixture into a larger bowl and add 1 cup of Powdered Sugar.

Using a mixer, beat on low until the sugar is combined.

Keep adding the sugar and mixing until the full two pounds of sugar are added.

The dough will be really sticky and stiff.

Conversation Hearts Dough

Put a generous layer of powered sugar on your counter and scrape the dough out of the bowl.

Knead, adding more powdered sugar as you go, until the dough is no longer sticky and it has turned shiny.

Divide your dough into the number of colors you want to make. Add food coloring and a few drops of extract to each.  The kids choose Root Beer Extract this year – we will see how they taste!

Conversation Hearts Color Dough

Knead the food coloring and extract into each ball of dough until the color is consistent.

Conversation Hearts Dough

Cover the dough when you are not working with it.

Put a fresh layer of powdered sugar down so your dough won’t stick and roll the dough out to 1/4″ thick.

Use your small cookie cutters to cut out your hearts.

Cut out some special shapes for that special someone.  Once they are cut out, lay them flat on a cookie sheet to dry.

Conversation Hearts Shapes

Once the hearts are dry, use the food markers to write messages and pictures on each of the hearts.

Conversation Hearts Call Me

Conversation Hearts Kiss Me

Happy Heart’s Day to You and Yours! Any big Valentine’s Day Plans?






  1. 1
    Bekah Kuczenski says:

    These are so cute, I never thought to dye the dough

  2. 2

    How AWESOME!! I love this idea and I bet they’re better than the originals too.

  3. 3

    I’m so pinning this! 😉

  4. 4

    That’s so cool! I love the pastel colors, too! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. 5
    Rebecca Niehaus says:

    What a cute project to help me get the kids active in the kitchen! Thank you for sharing! We’re gonna have a lot of fun with this!

  6. 6
    Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    I love these. Reminds me of the candies I grew up with.

    But with these you can be the author.

  7. 7

    I have a little obsession with these, and my kids know about it. I kept having them taste test different brands this year, trying to find the ones like when I was a kid. I think they have changed the flavors, because I couldn’t find the ones that tasted the way I remember.BUT next year, with some peppermint extract….I will totally be doing these instead ! What a fun thing to do !

  8. 8

    Oh these are adorable!

  9. 9
    Janet W. says:

    How fun! This is so cute and I would love to make these!

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