This Valentine’s Heart Smash Box makes an easy, beautiful gift for friends, family, and loved ones! Step-by-step instructions for how to make an edible chocolate heart box.
Having spent so much time at home this year, I’ve been experimenting with fun and unique recipes, especially desserts.
One of my current obsessions? Chocolate molds!
I had pretty good success with making hot chocolate bombs. So I felt a bit bolder and ready to experiment with another chocolate mold project.
This project is a chocolate heart box that’s perfect for Valentine’s day.
It uses a chocolate heart mold to create a unique and beautiful chocolate heart box. You can fill it with more chocolates, candies, small gifts, or even small toys for kids.
A really fun thing about this heart is you can use it as a Chocolate Heart Smash Box.
Just gift it with a small hammer or knocker and the recipient can give it a knock!
The mold I used comes with some hammers for smashing!
How to Make This Heart Shaped Chocolate Box
The process is fairly simple, and is suitable for beginners.
It will be especially familiar if you’ve gotten into the hot cocoa bomb trend and have already started using chocolate molds.
Basically, it involves melting your chocolate or melts (I used red candy melts in this recipe). Once you have the right consistency, you pour it into the mold. Let it set in the fridge, and then carefully remove it from the mold. Finally, style it as a gift!
What You’ll Need to Make An Edible Heart Smash Box for Valentine’s
- 1.5 cups of candy melts
- 1.5 cups of wrapped candy or chocolate to fill the heart box (I used Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses)
- 3 cups shredded paper and an empty box for styling
- Heart shaped mold
- A spoon for dragging the chocolate in the mold
Steps for Making This Valentine’s Smash Box
One of the great things about this homemade chocolate heart box is how easy it is.
You melt your chocolate or candy melts according to instructions on the package, or using your favorite method (microwave, double boiler etc).
Once it’s at the right consistency, pour the chocolate or melts into a clean and completely dry mold. It’s really important the mold is dry, as otherwise it can be harder to release.
If you’re wondering what the “right” consistency is, basically you want it to be a similar consistency to honey when pouring. This will ensure it’s not too thick to work with, but is thick enough to cover the mold evenly.
Pouring Chocolate into the Heart Mold
Once you’ve poured your melted chocolate or candy melts into the mold, you’ll need to get it to evenly cover the mold.
The trick is to draw the melted chocolate up the sides of the mold using a spoon or manually tipping and shifting the mold. You want to work fairly quickly, so the chocolate doesn’t set on you, and the goal is to get an even coating, all around.
That’s the main bit of the work, done (I told you it was easy!).
Let It Set
After getting an even layer of chocolate in the mold, you need to let it set. I set it in the fridge for about an hour.
Once it’s set, gently remove the heart from the mold. Using a silicone heart mold this is fairly easy, because it’s pliable and you can gently pull it away from the chocolate part.
Tips for Styling Your Chocolate Valentine’s Box as a Gift
Now it’s time to style your Valentine’s Day heart box!
I used an empty cardboard box and shredded paper to style my chocolate heart smash box.
However, you could get as fancy as you want.
- Wrap it up with cellophane and a ribbon if you plan on transporting it. This will protect it, and also make it look truly gift worthy.
- Dress it up with different colored shredded paper or hang a DIY Valentine’s Day Pun sign to further personalize it.
- This Valentine’s Day Smash Heart would also be lovely on a Valentine’s Day dessert charcuterie board or as a Valentine’s Day dessert table centrepiece.
If you plan to style it as a gift, like I did, I recommend starting by lining the bottom of your box with a few pieces of kitchen roll.
Then make a pile of the wrapped candy you plan to use in the centre of the bottom of your box.
Place your heart chocolate on top, and add in some shredded paper to make it look pretty!
Voila – you’re done! A gorgeous Valentine’s smash box.
While your gift recipient can of course simply pick the heart up and break off small pieces at a time, the real fun of this Valentine’s gift is purposing it as a heart smash box. To do so, I recommend gifting it with one of the small wooden hammers that comes with the mold.
Trouble Shooting and Tips
Getting the Right Consistency
If you use melting candy like I did, it should be fairly easy to pour into the mold and manipulate to get a consistent layer on all the sides of the mold. If it ends up a bit too thick, you can add 1 teaspoon of shortening per pound of candy melts to thin it out a bit.
If you use some types of chocolate, you may find it gets a bit too thick to pour and work with.
In this case, you can always make it a bit easier to work with by adding vegetable or canola oil in 1 tsp increments. Just add it in to the melted chocolate and stir until it’s all mixed in. If you need to, add a bit more and stir again, until it’s a good consistency for pouring.
How do you know if it’s a good consistency? As mentioned above, it should be roughly the consistency of honey. Once it’s melted, put a spoon into the melted chocolate or candy melts and pull it out. Watch to see what happens – hopefully it will drip off the spoon like honey.
Making Ahead of Time
You can absolutely make this chocolate heart ahead of time.
Just store it in the fridge in an appropriate container. I would suggest either a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper, or a cake carrier.