Valentine Marathon – Last Minute Gifts from the Heart

Valentine Marathon – Last Minute Gifts from the Heart

So, your schedule was busy and you were caught off guard.  It could happen to ANYONE.  You knew a special date was arriving and, yet, you did nothing.

Valentine’s Day should be about simple things.  Materialism isn’t something that should play a part in a day about love and romance.

Yet, here I was… the one who wanted to do something special with my youngest daughter for her classmates…aimlessly searching at the arts and crafts stores.  I thought, “We could make heart lollipops!”

Alas, two days before Valentine’s Day doesn’t lead to finding heart shaped molds to create heart shaped lollipops.  Think outside of the box!  FLOWERS!  Yes, that’s it! Who wouldn’t want candy flowers for Valentine’s Day?

We found a candy mold.  Leave your mind open to options outside of hearts.

We bought pink, red, and white candy melts.  I’ll explain the white in a moment.

I hand washed the molds and dried them prior to using them.

I knew we wouldn’t need a lot of green for this project which is why I opted for white candy melts over buying an entire bag of green.  I needed a certain amount of lollipops and knew I could color leftover white candy melts were I to run out of other colors.

We poured 1/2 cup of the white candy melts into a Pyrex measuring cup.  You can use a mug or other microwavable dish if you don’t have a Pyrex measuring cup.

Next, we microwaved the white candy melts for 30 seconds, stirred, and repeated another 30 seconds and stirred until melted.

We added a small amount of green gel food coloring into the melted white candy melts and stirred until we achieved a color we liked.

After we created the color we wanted for the leaves, we used a brush (from Wilton and found near the candy and cake decorating supplies at Michaels’ Arts & Crafts) to brush the leaves into the candy mold.

After we brushed the colors on for the leaves, we melted the other candy melts for the roses.  We used the same method of putting 1/2 cup of melts into a Pryex measuring cup and heating for 30 seconds, stirring, and repeating until the candy was completely melted.

We poured the colors into the rose sections of the mold and inserted a lollipop stick halfway up each lollipop.  We made sure the stick would be secure when cooled, and placed the tray into the refrigerator until hardened.  By the time we were done working on the second mold, the first mold was cooled, and we were able to remove our lollipops.

After our lollipops were complete, we carefully cut off any stray edges with a knife.  We had purchased lollipop sticks with bags and twist ties to cover them.  the end result was a labor of love.

These lollipops will have tags cut out of paper made for them for my daughter to attach to gift her classmates.  The flowers can be put into arrangements and presented in different ways.

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10 thoughts on “Valentine Marathon – Last Minute Gifts from the Heart

  1. Donna, you are off to a great start! Love the flowers and when reading your text, I feel like we are chatting!
    Sounds like you had a lovely time with Shannon and Debbie too!
    I’m looking forward to your next post!
    kc

    1. admin

      Thanks so much, KC! Shannon and Debbie are crazy fun…in a really good kind of way. 😉

  2. Donna, I’m going to make some of these today. I love the blog…I just know that the very best is yet to come and I can’t wait to see what you will do with this and where you will go. Congratulations on a great job. You are awesome.

    1. admin

      Thank you so much for the comments!!!

      If you make the lollipops, I’d love to see them, Debbie! We made some roses with the leftover white, and they looked beautiful too. I had it in my mind to make some with hearts, but there were no molds. The flowers were perfect. My youngest thinks the boys should get pink, and the girls should have red. I wonder how well THAT will go over!

  3. Donna (Grandmereb Lovestobake here)

    These cute chocolate Valentine’s Day eatable flowers will be a big hit! So cute and a great way to spend time with your daughter too. She will be so proud to deliver her treats out to her school buds. Love what you have done so far Donna! Good luck with Blogging–you’re gonna be great!

  4. Donna, Wishing you well with your blog…the hearts are a beautiful alternative to hearts…that was a very cute idea….can’t wait to see you post some of your handyman skills with your cooking skills on the blog! Maybe some of us can learn a few things from you!

  5. Donna, Your roses are BEAUTIFUL! I have to make these. Happy Valentines Day to one the sweetest people I’ve ever met 🙂

    1. admin

      I’ll bet your roses will look a lot better than mine! If you make them, I would love to have a picture!

  6. I so agree with KC. I feel like you’re right here and chatting with me. Love it. And your candy roses really look beautiful. Great job!! Love your tutorials!!

    Nann

    1. Donna

      Thanks, Nancy- I appreciate that you stopped by and posted. I’m noting how fast my babies are growing up, and I want every opportunity to enjoy life with them. I’m glad the store was out of heart molds so we would make the roses. 😉

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