Monday, January 23, 2012

sweet heart valentine pops party!

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I had so much fun making these with my little girl today! Ok, she’s 16 & she’s taller than I am & she only made 1 & then she immediately ate it. But we DID have fun! That part is true. If you have little people at your house they will LOVE these. They would be super cute for a class treat, teacher gift or a little something for your VALENTINE!

I had good intentions when I bought these candy canes in December but never got around to using them as planned. I remembered seeing this idea in Family Fun magazine last year at the dentist office. I was happy to find the instructions again HERE.


After reading the reviews, I adapted the instructions a bit & I found these to be quick & easy. I made one dozen pops in about 30 minutes.

Sweet Heart Valentine Pops

24 mini candy canes
12 6" lollipop sticks
1 cup white candy coating, like CandiQuik
Sprinkles

1. Heat oven to 300 degrees. On a parchment lined baking sheet, arrange the candy canes as hearts with the lollipop stick centered in between the two candy canes. Bake for 3 minutes. You want them to be malleable, but not melted.


2. Remove from oven & shape candy canes into hearts by pinching the the bottom of the heart into the stick and pinching the top ends together. I also pulled the edges out to make my hearts more round and full. They will be hot & you need to work fairly quickly. If the candy canes harden before you have them shaped, just stick them back in the oven for a couple of minutes. I re-heated mine a few times before I got the hang of shaping them the way I wanted them.


3. Melt candy coating in the microwave at 30 second intervals on medium power, stirring between heatings, until smooth.


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4. Spoon the melted candy coating into the center of each heart, then top with sprinkles. Cool the pops before serving or wrapping.

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P.S. If you want to do this even easier, don't soften & shape the candy canes. Just spoon the candy coating right onto the arranged candy canes & sticks. You can also make these without the lollipop sticks.

P.P.S. I've made these a bunch & they DO NOT work with candy canes made in China (purchased at The Dollar Tree). China made candy canes do not soften in the oven. I've had really good luck with the brand shown above, Spangler & also some that I bought at Target that were made in Mexico.  


43 comments:

  1. Those are so cute!!! Thanks for the how to!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I'm glad you like them! :)

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    2. Love them, I hope I can still find candy canes. I GAVE MINE AWAY. :-(
      Will remember for sure next year!!

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  2. What a darling idea! I wish I still had some of those candy canes, I will have to remember this idea for next year!

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    1. Hi Rita, I should have bought more when they were on clearance. It seems like the candy canes are always the last thing left on the Christmas shelf at the store.

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  3. Those are so cute. If only I liked peppermint.

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    1. Hi Christina, I'm going to be on the lookout for some fruit flavored mini candy canes next Christmas for sure! I think cherry would be YUMMY! :)

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  4. They look lovely. Will have to see if I can get mini candy canes here. Bet if I do they'll only be mint flavour...

    Actually mint and white chocolate go really well together :D

    Lisa xoxo

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    1. Hi Lisa, good luck on finding mini candy canes! I love peppermint & chocolate too!

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    1. I'm so glad you like them! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit & post! :)

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  7. These are so adorable! I was just eying my giant pile of leftover candy canes! Love these.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Reeni! I STILL have more candy canes, lol. I see peppermint hot chocolate in my future! :)

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  8. Ohh! I LOVE this. What an amazing idea, and such beautiful pics.

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  9. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog. I have added the Spanish Rice recipe. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we do! I've added your blog to my reader. I'm looking forward to trying some of your recipes!

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    1. YAY! Can't wait to try your Spanish Rice recipe!

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  10. These are so cute...just love them to bits.

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  11. I'm following you too...that apple crustata made up my mind!

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    1. you should make it asap! let me know what you think! :)

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  12. Very cute - thanks for sharing these with me. I made these last year and loved them! Not to mention how easy they are to make!

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  13. I just bought small candy canes 2 weeks ago. I bought them just for these! I cannot wait to make them.

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  14. These are great. My sisters wedding is coming up in march, her color theme is red and white how great would these be as favors. I just found some online to purchase. Too bad I hadn't seen this a week or so ago our local CVS had tons of them. :( THanks for posting..

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  15. Are you able to shape them with your bear hands? I curious about how hot they get

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    1. Hi Jade, they get very hot but I just quickly & carefully use my bare hands. I kind of wish I had these gloves: http://slice-heaven.com/store/show/LLWCNDYGLOVE but it's not too bad. I don't get injured, lol. :)

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  16. Don't know if you're aware someone has posted your photos here: http://www.kissrecipe.com/2013/07/sweet-heart-valentine-pops-party.html

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  17. will be making them with girls right after Thanksgiving.. love the idea and looks simple. Thanks for sharing..

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  18. I tried it out yesterday (you've probably seen the picture on facebook!). At first, I wasn't able to put them in any heartshape - so I waited some more minutes. And I turned just ONE second away to put on my jeans and then BOOOOM everything was melted and a big mess! Next time I'm gonna tent in front of the oven ;)

    Lots of Love from Germany!
    Liv
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    Thank you for eating.

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    1. Hi Liv! Thanks so much for stopping by & sharing your experience. I wonder if the candy canes you have from Germany are made differently than the ones I used. I tried this with some candy canes made in China & they did not work. The candy canes were formulated differently & they didn't soften when I heated them, they just turned weird & wouldn't bend. I'm a big fan of the candy canes shown in the blog post made by Spangler. I hope you can make this work for you. :)

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  19. Love these! Made them for a recent party and they were a huge hit! Just thought I'd let you know this blog (http://a1niceblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/sweetheart-pops.html) swiped all your pics and isn't providing a link-back to your page or giving you credit them. The only reason I found your site is because I did a reverse-image search on the picture to make sure I was giving credit to the correct site when I post this recipe to my blog (don't worry, I take all my own pictures...it's so sleazy when bloggers steal from other bloggers). Anyway, I found this recipe on pinterest and the pin lead to that other site. Thought I'd let you know in case you wanted to file a DMCA complaint with their provider. I see they're with Blogger and google is awesome about removing stolen content. So glad I found your site! Love your photos and recipes!

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  20. Super cute idea (: even though they are hearts I'm making them for christmas (:

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  21. Do you think white chocolate in the middle, or even milk chocolate would work? I really love the combination of chocolate and peppermint flavors. Let's face it, I just love chocolate.

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    1. Hi there, yes, you could definitely use milk chocolate or white chocolate! I agree, I love it ALL! :)

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  23. Hi, after making these back in December of last year, I have continued to make them over the last 11 months and they are great every time! I was wondering, can I use rapid-rise yeast in the recipe? I am making them for Thanksgiving and am worried about the bread having enough time to rise. Thanks! 338a casino, isin4d

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