Valentine’s day is right around the corner. I have never been overly fond of this holiday only because I do feel it’s a bit of a “hallmark holiday”. There is real meaning behind it, though many people debate about its true origins. St. Valentine was a real person, actually the Catholic church recognizes three St. Valentines. There are many different stories surrounding this saint and how he was given his own holiday. Pope Gelasi actually declared February 14th as Valentine’s Day at the end of the 5th century. Some even believed that February 14th was the beginning of birds mating season so naturally somehow this tied into St. Valentine and love. Regardless of it’s origins, this holiday is celebrated in many countries around the world.
In the United States, many school children continue in a generations old tradition of making Valentine’s Day boxes that are used to collect small Valentine’s Day cards from classmates. This year I decided to jump on this mustache craze that seems to have appeared out of no where. We made chocolate mustache suckers with hand stamped cards that read “I mustache you to be my Valentine!” We made over 50 of these things this past weekend, and I made sure the kids helped! They really enjoyed being involved in this special hand made gift for their friends.
Below are the instructions and supply list showcasing how I made these little delights. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and unique Valentine’s Day treat!
- Wilton Mustache candy molds. One mold yields three candies. I used two molds to speed things up.
- Sucker Sticks
- Candy Melts of any color you choose
- Candy bags with twist ties
- Card Stock
- Scalloped scissors
- Ink Pad
- Mustache Stamps
- Mustache Valentine Template
- Optional- Wilton Candy Melting Pot
- If using candy molds for the first time, wash with warm soapy water to remove any dust or residue.
- Melt candy melts according to package directions. You can do this in a microwave safe container like a glass measuring cup, a double broiler or a candy melting pot/fondue pot pictured above. ****Be careful when melting in the microwave. Candy melts will get lumpy and develop chunks if it gets too hot. If this happens you can try to add some glycerin a little at a time to bring it back to the consistency it needs to be.
- Spoon melted candy into the molds. Once filled, tap molds on your counter top to remove air bubbles.
- Insert the sucker stick.
- Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to set. You can leave them out at room temperature but it will take a long time for them to harden. I didn’t have a whole lot of time so I popped them in the freezer.
- Once the candy sets, remove from the mold by lightly twisting the plastic mold. They will pop right out with very little force.
- Place into a candy bag and close with twist tie.
Valentine’s Card Direction
I have attached the template I made in a Word document. I purposely left a large spot blank to stamp a mustache. You could always find a free mustache clip art to paste into this spot if you like. The stamping did take a lot of time but this job was designated to the kiddos.
- Print off Valentine’s Day card template. One page template has ten cards on it.
- Stamp mustaches onto each card.
- Cut out each card.
- Glue onto card stock slightly bigger than card. This will give it a framed look.
- Use scalloped scissors to cut around the border of the card stock to give it a visual appeal.
- Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the top left corner.
- Thread onto the candy bag twist tie and twist to close.
My amazing husband rockin’ the ‘stache!