One of my favorite parts about Valentine’s Day is just having an excuse to make heart-shaped foods. Yes, I’m totally that extra and will whip up a batch of Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts to give out to our neighbors.
Because Valentine’s Day is so sweet. And what’s sweeter than an unexpected treat that looks like a heart.
This one is incredibly easy to make, as long as you can find candy canes. You can order them online, which might be your best bet right now. Or, if you look for Christmas clearance, you might be able to find some too. I saw boxes for $.25 yesterday.
If you think about it next year, you can buy candy canes at Christmastime and save them for Valentine’s Day treats.
Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts Recipe
For simplicity’s sake, the ingredients listed are for four Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts. Of course, you can make as many (or as few) as you would like.
Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts Ingredients:
How To Make Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts:
Preheat the oven to 300.
Place candy canes on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Try and match up the colors/sizes of the candy canes because, despite what you think, they’re not all identical, to form hearts.
Bake for three minutes.
When they’re done, pinch the edges on the bottom and on the inside so the candy canes stick together.
The candy canes will be warm to the touch (they just came out of the oven), so be careful.
Melt the candy melts in the microwave according to the package’s directions.
Spoon the melted candy melts into the center of the candy canes.
This actually uses more than I thought. It’s about four to five discs per candy cane pair.
The chocolate won’t be smooth, but it’s okay.
Put them — tray and all — into the fridge for fifteen minutes.
Once they’ve cooled and the candy melts have hardened completely, flip them over to serve. The bottom (which was against the paper) will be completely smooth and really pretty.
These are really cute as a Valentine’s Day treat, a Christmas treat, even a party favor.
Can you use full-size candy canes?
If you can only find full-size candy cane, you can definitely use those to make these Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts.
Just keep in mind that you’ll have a lot more space between the candy canes to fill with the white candy melts if you use full-size candy canes.
Do you have to use white candy melts?
I think white candy melts look really pretty in this because it makes the white of the candy cane pop out.
You can even go and use multiple colors and swirl them together. These are your creations, so have fun with them.
Can you use white chocolate chips?
If you don’t like the taste of candy melts, you can use white chocolate chips. White chocolate chips will melt a little different than white candy melts and will take longer to cool completely.
So, if you’re making these Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts using white chocolate chips, you’ll need to make a few adjustments.
First, decide how you’re going to melt the chocolate chips. You can do that either with a double boiler or in the microwave.
If you’re melting chocolate chips in the microwave, be really careful that you don’t burn them. Microwave them at 30 second intervals, stirring in between. The residual heat will also melt the chips.
Candy melts are a lot more forgiving, which is why we recommend them in the first place. If you need help with candy melts, we have a full post of tips for using candy melts.
Can I add sprinkles?
If you want to add sprinkles, go right ahead.
You would add them while the white candy melts are still warm, right after you spooned them into the candy cane centers.
The only thing is you wouldn’t be flipping these at the end to reveal the pretty flat side because then the sprinkles would be on the bottom.
So, if you are adding sprinkles, just try to pour the candy melts into the center of the candy canes as smoothly as possible.
What if you don’t have parchment paper?
Parchment paper is really great for this because the Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts will easily come off the parchment paper after they’ve cooled.
If you can’t find parchment paper, or just don’t have any handy, a silicone baking mat works. I actually use ours all the time because it doesn’t change the way things cook or bake, and it makes for really easily cleanup.
So, even if you do have parchment paper for this recipe, you still might want to grab a silicone baking mat or two for future recipes.
Can you turn these into Candy Cane Chocolate Heart lollipops?
If you want, you can easily turn these into Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts lollipops.
When you’re baking the candy canes in the oven, leave a lot of room at the bottoms of them. You’re going to need enough room to fit a lollipop stick.
After you baked the candy canes in the oven, push the top (curved) part of the candy canes together.
Before you push the bottom part together, stick a lollipop stick between the two candy canes. You can rest it at the “point” formed where the curved part comes together. Then, run it down the heart.
Push the bottom part of the heart against the stick.
Pour your melted candy melts in the center, making sure to get some between the lollipop stick and candy cane at the bottom to secure it down there.
How can you store Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts?
If you’re not eating these all at once, you can store them in an air-tight container.
I prefer to store them in the fridge, just so the chocolate doesn’t melt at all. If you use candy melts, they won’t melt if they’re kept at room temperature, but chocolate has the potential to melt. So storing any homemade chocolate-filled dessert in the fridge is always the best idea.
Can you make these with kids?
These are definitely a Valentine’s Day treat kids can make. Side note: We have a full list of Valentine’s Day crafts for kids, including edible crafts, in case you’re looking for more ideas.
With these, kids can unwrap the candy canes and arrange them on the parchment paper. An adult should put them in and take them out of the oven.
Kids can also help by adding the lollipop sticks (if you’re making those) and spooning the candy melts into the center of the candy canes.
- 1 bag candy melts
- 8 mini candy canes
- Preheat the oven to 300.
- Place candy canes on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake for three minutes.
- Pinch the edges on the bottom and on the inside so the candy canes stick together.
- Spoon the melted candy melts into the center of the candy canes. Put them — tray and all — into the fridge for fifteen minutes. Once they’ve cooled and the candy melts have hardened completely, flip them over to serve.
Amount Per Serving Calories 116Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 11mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 0gSugar 19gProtein 0g
Who would you make these candy cane chocolate hearts for?