HOMEMADE MEDICATED CANDY HEARTS

In content syndication with Edibles Magazine


Ingredients:

¾ t. powdered gelatin

¼ cups canna-infused soda (We like Dixie, Marqaha & Sprig)

3 cups powdered sugar

Food coloring

Flavored extracts

Directions: In a small mixing bowl, dissolve gelatin in soda. After about 5 minutes, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water to melt the gelatin completely until you can’t see any granules. Use a hand or stand mixer, and mix in the powdered sugar half a cup at a time. Keep adding the powdered sugar until you have stiff fondant-like dough. It will be somewhat sticky.

(picture 1) Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface dusted with powdered sugar, and knead until smooth, adding more powdered sugar if necessary.

(picture 2) Divide dough into as many portions as you would like colors and flavors. Make a sort of bowl shape out of one of the pieces of dough. Pour in flavored extracts, and add food coloring.

(picture 3) I made my candy hearts peppermint-vanilla (light pink and dark pink hearts) and vanilla bean (white hearts). It would be fun to try other flavorings like banana, orange, cherry or sour apple. Knead in the colors and flavors until well combined. Taste a piece of dough, and add more extract if there is not enough. Roll the dough to about ¼” thickness, and cut out shapes using small cookie cutters.

(picture. 4) *I like to use square wooden dowels as guides for my rolling pin, to make sure the thickness is the same throughout. This will make drying even among all of the candy hearts. Arrange the candies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and let dry for 48 hours. This is a long time, but it takes that long to get them hard. Flip the hearts over occasionally to ensure even drying on both sides. Once the hearts are completely dry, you can stamp them with whatever message you would like. *You can see in picture #1 that the hearts are not dry if they are two-toned. Do not stamp these hearts until they are dry! Using a clean, new paint brush, spread a thin layer of food coloring onto a small saucer. Press small, clean and new letter stamps into the food coloring, and stamp onto the hearts! Repeat until you have stamped all the messages you want. Let the food coloring dry before eating, to avoid red lips and tongue!

Emerald contributor since March 2012

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