Crafting with corn syrup

by Sara Winnick

Illustration by Pierie Korostoff

published February 14, 2014

February 14 is the only day of the year well-suited for red construction paper, public displays of affection, temporary cupid tattoos, and pink-accented outfits. It is also a day for unparalleled consumption of high-fructose corn syrup, cornstarch, gelatin, modified food starch, artificial flavoring, Arabic gum, xanthan gum, and food dyes Red 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Blue 1. Operating under the assumption that no one actually wants to eat prescriptive pastel corn-paste, below are five alternate uses for the St. Valentine’s favorite mass-produced candy. NECCO Candy Hearts are now yours to wear, to gift, and to wallow over.