Valentine’s Day is almost here. It’s the holiday of love when couples across the country celebrate with chocolate hearts, cute stuffed animals, dozens of roses, and candlelit dinners. I don’t know about you, but I’m not the biggest fan of this overly commercialized holiday.
For single people, Valentine’s Day is a reminder that they don’t have that “special someone” in their life. Not fun at all—trust me, I’ve been there. Perhaps though, the holiday is even worse for people in a relationship. Single people can ignore Valentine’s Day. The last thing you want to do in a relationship is completely ignore the day. Trust me—I’ve been there too.
Matthew and I never do anything overly extravagant for the day. This year we’re going to grab lunch together on Sunday and then see a movie together afterwards. That is exactly the type of low-key celebration of love that I can appreciate. But regardless of your feelings about the holiday, Valentine’s Day is always a good reason to have some fun in the kitchen.
Candy melts are a product that I like to use for easy candy making or a pop of color when decorating baked goods. They come in several different colors and have a flavor similar to white chocolate. An important thing to note is that candy melts are NOT actually chocolate. They are made with sugar and vegetable fats—not cocoa butter. I love candy melts because they are so easy to use. Since they aren’t chocolate, they don’t need to be tempered.
Valentine’s Day Chocolates Recipe
Makes approximately 10 dozen candies
4 packages Wilton candy melts, assorted colors
1 heart shaped silicone mold pan
Heat candy melts in the microwave using instructions on the package. Place melted candy in your mold using a spoon, melting bottle or disposable decorating bag. When mold is filled, lightly tap it several times on a counter to eliminate air bubbles in the candy.
Place the filled mold in the refrigerator or freezer until candy has set. When the underside of the candy mold appears to be frosted, you’re ready to unmold the candy. If there are any dark areas on the underside of the mold, it means some of the coating is still soft. In this case, chill the mold for a few more minutes, until the entire mold has a frosted appearance.
Turn over the mold about an inch above a flat surface covered with parchment or waxed paper. Gently flex or tap the mold and out come the candies!
Heather’s Helpful Hints
Make sure your silicone mold are completely dry before adding your candy and chocolate. Any moisture will complicate the process of making your candies.