I’ve been baking and decorating cakes for many years, but for some reason homemade candy has always intimidated me a little. Making each little piece of candy seems so labor intensive. That all changed when I happened upon this Nutella Chocolate Hearts candy recipe. It’s so simple to make, and you wouldn’t believe how rich and delicious it is! These rich chocolaty hearts truly tastes like something you would buy from one of those expensive gourmet chocolate stores.
This candy recipe is pretty much a no-brainer – you simply can’t go wrong with the combination of Nutella and chocolate. The recipe yields a lot of candy hearts, so it’s a great one for gift giving. I used a 1 1/2 inch heart shape cutter and got 95 pieces from the recipe.
- [url href=”http://www.aboutamom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Nutella-Chocolate-Hearts-Candy.jpg”][img src=”http://www.aboutamom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Nutella-Chocolate-Hearts-Candy-150×150.jpg” alt=”” title=”Nutella Chocolate Hearts Candy” width=”150″ height=”150″ class=”alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-13772″][/url]1 tub (16 ounce) chocolate frosting
- 1 cup Nutella
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate pieces
- 2 – 3 tablespoons shortening
- sprinkles or colored candy coating for drizzle
- Place the chocolate frosting and the Nutella in the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until combined.
- Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated, stopping periodically to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Candy should be soft enough to shape, but firm enough to hold its body (similar in texture to playdough). If it seems too soft, you can add additional powdered sugar, if it is too stiff, you can knead in an extra spoonful or two of Nutella.
- Roll the candy out between two sheets of waxed paper until it is about 1/2-inch thick or a little thicker.
- Use a small heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out as many small hearts as you can fit. You can knead the candy scraps back together and roll it out again to cut more hearts. I was able to get 60 hearts using a 1 1/2 inch cutter.
- Once you have your hearts cut out, melt the chocolate pieces and shortening on the stovetop, over low heat. Use additional shortening if the chocolate is too thick.
- Use a fork to dip a heart into the melted chocolate. Remove it from the coating and scrape the bottom with a spoon or spatula to remove excess chocolate. Place the dipped heart on a foil-covered baking sheet and repeat with remaining hearts and melted chocolate.
- If desired, decorate with sprinkles while wet, or drizzle with white, pink, or red candy coating.
- Store candy hearts in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at cool room temperature for up to two weeks.
It’s exactly one month before Valentine’s Day, so we thought it would be fun to share Valentine’s Day recipes! Link yours up below.
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