Valentine’s Day Candy Buttons

IMG_4511Remember those candy buttons you used to eat as a kid? Well, I used to eat as a kid…I was thinking how cute it would be if they had Valentine’s Day themed buttons in pink and white. The more I thought about it the clearer it became to me how easy it would be to make them. Candy buttons are really just a processed form of royal icing, which has a grand total of three ingredients (four if you want to add flavoring). So this past weekend I gathered my piping tips, my powdered sugar, my mixer and…finished the whole project in less than an hour.

For your Valentine’s Day pleasure, I give you, Candy Buttons Hearts.

Royal Icing Recipe (I used Wilton):

  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Meringue Powder (can be found at your local craft store)
  • 6 Tbsp Warm Water
  • Flavoring (I used 1/4 tsp vanilla but usually I prefer lemon zest or lemon extract)
  1. Put all ingredients in mixer and beat until thick peaks form. About 10 minutes.
  2. While you are waiting for your icing to mix, set up the paper strips. I just used plain computer paper but wax paper, parchment paper, or any creative paper you want to try should work. I would steer away from ink however.

To make the hearts:

Place the piping tip at a 45 degree angle and gently squeeze. Stop the pressure and pull down towards where you want the heart point to end up.

IMG_4502Repeat in the opposite direction and meet at the same point to form a heart.

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I packaged mine in plastic treat bags found at my local large chain craft store and stapled a folded piece of scrapbook paper to the top.

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I enjoyed the textured look to these but you can add a few drops of water to your royal icing to allow for the crease in the center of the heart to blend.

IMG_4520Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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