My Inedible, Indelible Valentine

10 02 2013

The legend of Saint Valentine actually is traced to three separate men-of-cloth named Valentine who each supposedly were martyred on a February 14. The first documented Valentine was sent in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Esther Howland, a stationer’s daughter, produced the first American Valentine card in the 1840s after she had received an English Valentine by a hopeful suitor. Her entrepreneurial spirit, stronger than the sentiment, led her to improve upon that card and usher Valentine’s Day into our American culture.

Valentine’s Day provides the opportunity to express our appreciation for various people in our lives usually in the forms of carnations (roses too), cards, candy, and crafts. Although I’m on the receiving end of crafts in this stage of life, I came up with one several years ago that has lasted through extreme storage conditions, moves, and toddlers’ teeth (look closely at the photo!). I made “chocolate” hearts with brown crayon and a heart candy mold. Display them on a cute dish and you’ll have a fat-free Valentine decoration for years—as long as an unsuspecting chocoholic doesn’t sneak a sample!

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You will need:

12 brown crayons

1 Valentine-themed candy mold with 12 spaces

1 soup can, clean/empty/dry

1 medium pot

1 cookie sheet

Set the candy mold onto your cookie sheet. Add a couple of inches of water into the pot and bring it to a simmer. Peel the paper off the crayons, break the crayons into smaller pieces and put them all into the can. Place the can into the simmering water and allow the wax of the crayon to melt into a liquid. It will melt in just a few minutes. Use oven mitts to carefully remove the can from the hot water and immediately pour the melted crayon into the candy mold. It’s ok if it spills onto the mold or cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet with the candy mold into your refrigerator until the crayon is set back to its original solid, about 30 minutes. When set, gently tip the crayons onto a paper towel. They are ready to display or wrap up as a gift!

Note: This can be done with any color of crayons with any shape of mold. When my younger brother was a little guy, I made him cowboy-themed crayons in primary colors.

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