Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Edible Love Notes


Want to give a unique Valentine this year?  How about an edible one, complete with envelope you can eat too?  You can use them as cupcake or cake toppers or wrap them in a little cellophane to hand deliver them yourself since these envelopes aren't exactly post office friendly;)


They are made with my favorite magical go-to ingredient: Modeling Chocolate.   Being handmade as well as delicious, they will definitely show that special someone they are loved.  And they're very easy, so the kids can even help make them.

You'll Need
- A bag of chocolate candy melts - white
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- Pink food coloring
- Food writer pens
- Cornstarch
- Supplies (Pyrex container, cling wrap, cookie sheet, knife, cookie/fondant cutters, small paintbrush)

First you'll need to make the modeling chocolate.  It'll take a few hours for it to set, so plan this project a bit in advance.


Melt the chocolate in a Pyrex container in the microwave according to package instructions.   It may not look like it's completely melted, but if you stir well it will get smooth.  Fold in 1/2 cup of corn syrup until it starts to come together like a dough ball, then spread out about 1/2in thick on cling wrap covered cookie sheet and top with more cling wrap.  Let it sit for at least 3 hours, then knead with hands until soft like play dough (Add a bit of cornstarch to it if it starts to seem sticky).

Roll out white modeling chocolate about 1/4 inch thick on a smooth surface dusted with cornstarch.   Using a knife, cut a square or for a more elongated envelope, a lopsided diamond like below.  The size will depend on how big the heart note going inside is:


Fold in the sides:


Then fold up the bottom and gently press into place.  Use the paintbrush to brush away any excess cornstarch on the chocolate:


Add a drop of pink food coloring to the other half of the modeling chocolate and blend in (wear gloves or a sandwich bag on your hands if you don't want any dye on you:


Once mixed together it should have a nice bubble gum color.  Add a small amount of cornstarch to avoid any stickiness:


Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut with small heart cutters or hand cut the shapes with a sharp knife:


Using the food markers, write your love notes.  Allow marker to dry & place heart notes on top of envelopes.  Give to the ones you love.



Just don't expect these love notes to be saved (mine were eaten by the recipients immediately).



Sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES too so click HERE to check them out!

34 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...that is the cutest idea ever! Love it! Visiting via Artful Rising today:)

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  2. Love this!

    Natasha xx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  3. This encourages me to get back to letter-writing. Not so much letter-posting, because I'll be eating all the correspondence. Mmmm, correspondence.

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  4. So cute!! I would love for you to link up to my Valentines Party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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    1. I've linked up & added the button to my Valentine's section of my sidebar:)

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  5. How adorable! I may make them to use on top of cupcakes for a valentine's day party!

    Visiting from Whimsically Homemade!

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  6. Extra cute, Cheryl! I have to mention, I read the title wrong, I thought it said edible love nuts. It is SERIOUSLY time for me to get some computer screen glasses!!!

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  7. Cute, and thanks for the recipe, too!♥♫

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  8. what! I use candy melt all the time and didn't know you could make the moldable stuff from it!! thanks!!!

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  9. These are just darling! I also did not know you can make this from candy melts. What does it taste like? I am a new GFC and FB follower visiting from Passionately Artistic. Vicky from Mess For Less

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    1. This rarely gets mentioned in the treat making world and I can't figure out why - it's so easy and versatile! I heard about it on the show Little Chocolatiers and did some research into how to make it and have loved it ever since. It tastes really good too - much better than fondant. Almost like vanilla flavored tootsie rolls.

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  10. So adorable! I just shared on my Facebook page. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark! Hope to see you again! :)

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  11. I Love this! We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party this Friday (the 10th) and would love for you to share this! We will open it tonight to start linking up. Feel free to stop by and grab a party button! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/

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  12. Posted a link to this post on my blog!

    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentine-ideas-to-share.html

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  13. What a 'sweet' idea! I love these! ♥

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  14. These may be the cutest things I've ever seen! Is it hard to get the hearts to easily slip into the envelopes?

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    1. Thanks Sheri! No, just don't press to hard when folded the ends of the envelopes in - you can also use a knife to help prop the opening open a bit to slide in the heart.

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  15. these are waaay cool! thanks for the tip. saw this on pearls and lace thursday and had to link up to learn more! happy valentines day! xo

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  16. Absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for linking up to my Valentine Link Party! What a fun little treat!

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  17. Oh my goodness these are sooo cute. Little envelopes! I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2012/02/sweet-saturday-link-party-v26.html

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  18. Adorable!!!! I'm a new follower. I cant wait to check out the new posts.

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  19. Absolutely darling! Thank you for linking up with Make-It-Yourself Monday! Have a fabulous day and a festive Valentine's Day tomorrow!

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  20. Wish my kids were still little to help me make these! Cute idea!

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  21. This is such an adorable idea! Thanks for linking up!

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  22. OH that is such a cute idea! I love it!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  23. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today from the Show & Share party. Thanks for linking up!

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2012/02/show-share-26-features.html

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  24. never tried the arts of sugar, but these envelopes sure look sweet and lovely.

    Thank you for linking it up at our Valentines party.
    A new party will open today at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/
    We hope you will submit new projects/tutes and show off your wonderful work!

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  25. These are just too cute! What a fabulous idea! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  26. Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday
    Hope to can join us again tomorrow

    Natasha

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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