Peppermint-Bark Hearts

What could be sweeter than these charming candy hearts, made fast in the microwave.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 9

Ingredients

18
peppermint candy canes (2 1/2 inch), unwrapped
5
oz vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
2
teaspoons crushed peppermint candy canes

  • 1 Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Arrange candy canes on waxed paper in groups of 2 with ends touching to form heart shapes.
  • 2 In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave candy coating uncovered on Medium (50%) 2 to 3 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking time, until softened. Stir until melted and smooth.
  • 3 Spoon or pipe candy coating into centers of hearts to fill spaces. Sprinkle with crushed candy. Cool 30 minutes or until set.

Expert Tips

Chocolate-flavored candy coating can be used instead of the vanilla coating. Or make two batches—one of each!

Candy coating, also called confectionary coating, is used for preparing and dipping candy. Whether left white or tinted pastel, candy coating melts and sets easier than chocolate. Look for candy coating in the baking aisle of the store.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Candy Heart
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
45),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
5%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
15mg
15%;
Total Carbohydrate
17g
17%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
17g
17%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.