I’m not sure how I feel about Valentine’s Day itself. It’s not my top holiday for sure, but you know what I do love about the day? Valentine’s Day sprinkles! All Valentine’s Day sprinkles! Because pink sprinkles. Yay! And putting them on everything like these easy homemade chocolate hearts.
These sprinkles though. It’s like being on the inside of my mind. Pink! Hearts! The only thing missing is some sparkle. But the copious amounts of chocolate make up for that. Because chocolate.
Cute and Easy Homemade Valentine’s Day Candy Ingredients
And these homemade chocolate hearts are so easy to make. It’s basically chocolate bark but in heart form. You just need two bags of chocolate chips- one white, one milk, sprinkles, Valentine’s M&M’s (which are totally optional but fun), and a secret but very crucial ingredient, which I am getting to.
Also you need these fun silicone molds which are so easy to work with. I found mine in a craft store but you can grab one here if you want one.
How to Make Homemade Chocolate Hearts
So the first thing you do is grab your kiddo and get them to cover the bottom of the molds in sprinkles. Then you watch while they steal candy. Because obviously that’s gonna happen. Frequently if your kid is anything like mine.
Sprinkles! Candy! Pink hearts! This picture is pretty much the inside of my brain. Also it’s what you do first to make the cute sprinkle coated candy hearts.
Then you melt the chocolate and stir the melted chocolate with the crucial secret ingredient: coconut oil.
Yes, coconut oil. It is the secret ingredient to getting smooth, beautifully melted chocolate. If you don’t add the coconut oil, especially to the white chocolate, it’s much more difficult to work with. The chocolate hardens too quickly and it’s too thick to lay smoothly which will result in gloppy candy.
How to Melt Chocolate to Make Homemade Chocolate Hearts
You could make a double boiler. To do so, just fill a small pot with about 1/3 of the way with water and heat over medium low heat. The water will steam, but not boil. Then you set a bowl with the chocolate on top of the pot so the bottom of the bowl rests inside the pot but does not touch the bottom. Then, you wait and stir and wait and stir. Eventually melted chocolate. This is the way purists do it.
You could use the shortcut microwave trick. This is how I do it. I am not a chocolate melting purist, but am all about cutting corners when I can. To do this, put the chocolate in a microwave safe container. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave again for 15 seconds. Stir and continue microwaving in 10-15 second intervals, stopping to stir, until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
Homemade Chocolate Hearts
24 ounces of white chocolate chips
24 ounces of milk or semi sweet chocolate chips
4–6 teaspoons of coconut oil, divided
24 M&M’s (optional)
Pour an even coating of sprinkles in the bottom of each heart mold. If desired put a single M&M in the middle of the sprinkles with the M side facing up. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave by putting chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving for 30 seconds. Stir the chocolate. Microwave an additional 15 seconds. Stir. Repeat until chocolate is just melted and smooth. Stir in coconut oil, one teaspoon at a time until the chocolate slides easily off the spoon and is shiny. Spoon into the molds, covering the sprinkles. Tap the mold in between to encourage the chocolate to settle evenly.
Repeat the whole process with the milk or semisweet chocolate. Go slowly when adding the coconut oil. The milk or semisweet chocolate will likely need less coconut oil than the white chocolate to achieve the same shine and slip. Spoon the melted chocolate on top of the white chocolate layer. Jiggle to encourage it to evenly settle.
Let mold set in the fridge for about an hour. Pop the candy out of the mold and enjoy.