Remember 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
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)
- Put all ingredients in mixer and beat until thick peaks form. About 10 minutes.
- 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.
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.
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.