Valentine Candy Hearts
by Thereasa Perry
(Overland Park, KS)
Pink Hearts Peanut Butter Cups
These Valentine candy hearts are a fun way to give chocolate with love!
I am one of the "room mom's" for my daughter's class, and we always seem to have high aspirations for treats.
This time around I decided to make some peanut butter cups for my daughter's classroom. I wanted to do something different, which is of course what I always do!
I used a Wilton cookie mold to create some molded Valentine chocolates. I used white chocolate and tinted some of it with pink and blue to make them more exciting for the kiddos.
I used the pink and blue chocolate to fill the heart part of the mold. After they were chilled, I coated the rest of the lining of the mold with milk chocolate, but didn't fill it completely.
While that layer was cooling I made my peanut butter filling with Jif peanut butter, room temperature butter and powdered sugar.
Once the outer part of the molds were set I would take a small amount of the peanut butter mixture and roll it into a ball. Then I set the ball inside the mold and gently pressed it from the center out to fill the cavity.
Once evenly pressed out I would then pour chocolate over the peanut butter mixture to cover it and create a seal to the rest of the mold. Gently tap the mold on the counter top to release any air bubbles then place back in the refrigerator or freezer to completely set.
Once set, pop them out of the molds and package accordingly.
I also made "inside out" peanut butter cups with a peanut butter flavored chocolate and filled them with a chocolate hazelnut filling. To make the hazelnut filling I used Nutella, butter, powdered sugar and added some hazelnut flavoring as the sugar tends to take over the Nutella.
These Valentine candy hearts were a huge hit among the kiddos in her class as well as the teachers! Of course the kids preferred the regular peanut butter cups, and the adults were just gushing over the "inside out" hazelnut.
I also threw in some solid chocolates that I did similarly but added no fillings (for kids with allergies) then added little candy hearts to the top that were adhered with white chocolate.