However, if you are like us, you still have candy leftover from the other bastion of ‘all things red,’ Christmas. So instead of buying more sweet treats, I decided to “re-purpose” some we had on hand. And, who wouldn’t “love” to receive one of these adorable heart pops on Valentine’s special day?
- 20 candy canes (or any even number)
- 1 bag white or pink chocolate chips (I used Wilton Candy Melts®)
- Sprinkles and colored sanding sugar
- Ziploc bag
- Bamboo skewers
- Parchment paper or silicon mat
- Cellophane bags
Lay out parchment or silicon mat and place candy canes in opposing directions forming a heart shape. Place a bamboo skewer between the bottoms of each heart shape (as shown.)
Working in batches, place about one-quarter of the chocolate chips in a Ziploc bag, leaving the top unzipped, and heat in 30-second intervals. Massage the chips in the bag between intervals until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Then seal the top of the bag and cut one of the corner of the bag creating a make-shift pastry bag. Hint: make the hole in the bag pretty small, because unlike frosting, the chocolate will flow freely out of the tip!
Fill the area between the candy canes with melted chocolate and smooth with the back of a spoon. Decorate with sprinkles and/or sanding sugar and allow to cool fully before moving.
Place pops in the cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon or string. Give to your favorite valentines and wait for the Ooooos and Ahhhhs!