Question: What is the one sugary delight that I enjoy at only one specific time of the year?
Answer: Necco Sweethearts.
Well, actually, I lied. That and Candy Corn. I’ve linked a fondness of these candies to Valentine’s Day and Halloween. If it isn’t Valentine’s Day or Halloween, you won’t find me handing out these candies or sporting them in my purse. Plain and simple, it’s just how it is. Now, as it relates to Necco Sweethearts, I think my liking for them stems from my affection towards the sappy and sometimes quirky sayings printed on these quaint hearts. My all time favorite will always be, “Fax Me.”
A friend and I decided to immerse ourselves in the lovey-dovey spirit of Valentine’s Day by making some type of Valentine’s Day treat. My friend cleverly found a recipe from Martha Stewart that features a blown-up version of the classic Necco Sweetheart in Red Velvet cake form. To us, this was the ultimate Valentine’s Day recipe. Besides, who could resist duplicating infamous Necco Sweethearts in the form of delicious red velvet cake complete with personalized cheesy sayings? I know we couldn’t!
Step 1: Combine Red Food Coloring,
Cocoa Powder, and Boiling Water
Step 2: Cream Butter and Sugar
Step 3: Mix Dry Ingredients; Add Red Mix
and Dry Ingredients to Wet Ingredients
Step 4: Mix Cider Vinegar and Baking
Soda; Add to Batter
Step 5: Bake and Cut Out Hearts
With Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter
Step 6: Frost and Get Creative!
I just couldn’t resist “Fax Me”. Perhaps we had a bit too much fun with these, but at least we made delicious treats!
Happy Early Valentine’s Day (to get you in the spirit)!