Breakable Chocolate Hearts are like edible pinatas filled with candy and sprinkles. Perfect for Valentine’s Day gift bags with a mini mallet.
When I was making hot chocolate bombs for Valentine’s Day, I also made some of these super fun breakable chocolate hearts. They are filled with candy and sprinkles. Put the heart, mallet, and candy in little gift bags with a tag!
Start by putting purple candy wafers in one small, microwave-safe bowl and white candy wafers in another.
Can I use chocolate instead of candy wafers?
Yes, you can use chocolate wafers, almond bark or even chocolate chips. Here is a little breakdown:
- A milk chocolate baking bar is milk chocolate in a bar form that is meant to be used in baked goods but it can be used for making breakable chocolate hearts. Follow the melting instructions on the package.
- Milk chocolate melting wafers are made from sugar, palm oil, milk, and cocoa. They are similar to the candy wafers I used but are chocolate flavored instead. Wafers are easy to melt and easy to work with.
- Couverture milk chocolate discs are milk chocolate in a disc form. They are made from cocoa butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa. It is top of the line in terms of quality and price. This kind of milk chocolate is not as easy to work with and needs to be tempered when melted.
- Milk chocolate chips are perfect when baking since they hold their shape. If you do want to use them for these breakable chocolate hearts, you may need to add a teaspoon of shortening per 6 ounces of milk chocolate chips when melting them to make it smoother.
- For a lighter version, try using sugar-free milk chocolate chips. Follow the instructions on the package for melting the chocolate chips.
Warm the candy wafers in the microwave at 50% power for one minutes and then stir. Continue warming them in the microwave at 50% power in 10 second intervals, stirring each time, until smooth.
Would it work to melt the candy wafers on the stovetop instead?
Yes, you can melt the candy wafers on the stovetop instead of the microwave by using the double boiler method. Bring 1-2 inches of water to a simmer in a small pot and remove from heat. Place the candy melts in a glass bowl over the pot of hot water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Stir the candy wafers until smooth.
Drizzle the melted purple candy wafers in the heart shaped silicone mold. Then, add a spoonful of melted white candy wafers to each cup of the silicone mold.
As you can see, I used all nine cups even though it is an uneven number. The extra heart can be used in the event that one of them doesn’t turn out or breaks when you remove it.
Which silicone pan should I use for heart shaped hot chocolate bombs?
I used a nine count heart shaped silicone cupcake mold that I found at Target but it isn’t available for shipping. There are lots of options on Amazon such as this eight count pan or these individual molds. Silicone molds can also be found at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.
Tilt and turn the mold to allow the melted white candy to flow around the cups in the mold.
Use the back of a spoon to help coat the sides of the mold. Allow the candy coating to harden.
Remelt the white candy wafers in the microwave. Then, add a second layer to the breakable chocolate hearts in the silicone mold and allow it to harden.
Remove the hardened breakable chocolate hearts from the silicone mold. I like to wear disposable gloves when handling the chocolate hearts to help prevent getting fingerprints in the shiny coating.
Warm a skillet over low heat and remove from heat. Rub the edges of a breakable chocolate heart on the warm skillet to smooth the edges.
Fill one breakable chocolate heart with small colorful candies, decorated marshmallows, and sprinkles. Be sure to choose candies that won’t shatter when the mold is broken with a mallet. Want to add marshmallows coated with sprinkles? Find my post on how to decorate marshmallows here.
Rub a second breakable chocolate heart on the warm skillet to smooth the edges and then immediately place on the filled heart. Use a your fingertip to smooth out the seam.
How do I fill in tiny holes along the seam of the breakable chocolate hearts?
Sometimes the seams don’t match up perfectly and that is okay! You can use the melted candy wafers that are leftover on the warm skillet (or still in the bowls) to fill in tiny holes. Put a little on a toothpick, the back of a spoon or your fingertip and smooth it over the hole.
To give the breakable chocolate hearts a little extra shine use some edible glitter spray on the top.
Put the edible heart shaped pinata in a cellophane one bag with a mini wooden mallet (I purchased mine here and spray painted the handle) and some extra candy.
I made these free printable Breakable Heart labels that you can add to the gift bags. You can download the labels here.
Want more Valentine’s Day recipes? Try these next:
Make Heart Shaped Hot Chocolate Bombs for Valentine’s Day! Each meltable heart is filled with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and sprinkles.
Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries are the ultimate treat! They look beautiful on a serving platter and can be given as a gift.
Red Velvet Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups recipe for Valentine’s Day with red velvet cookie cups, chocolate ganache, a pretzel handle, and mini marshmallows.
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