Friday, July 8, 2011

Mint Candy Recipe

I wanted to make Mint Candy with real food, and products found in my storage. If you store items that you use everyday, and then find recipes that you can make from your stores you and your family will be more pleased with a few treats while living off of your stored foods. 

Also, as an added benefit, making your own candy is being provident, instead of purchasing. Remember "Make Easy, Buy Hard". This is easy!

I was very unhappy with all the chemicals in commercial mint candy. Who needs titanium dioxide ... a heavy metal. Does anyone want heavy metal poisoning from your mint candy? I don't!

I made these candies, and the first mints were very nice and round, but as the mixture cooled. I wasn't fast enough about getting it onto the wax paper. I was trying to make perfect sized mints. My tip to you is ... get the candy out onto the wax paper as quick as possible, even if that means just making a large pancake type shape and then breaking it up when it cools and sets. The ugly lumpy ones tasted just as good as the first few pretty mints, but it was way too stressful finding they weren't going to be as pretty as I had imagined.

Mint Candy

1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
4 Tbsp. water
peppermint extract - I use 100% Pure Peppermint from Now Essential Oils
red or pink coloring

Combine granulated sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Add flavoring, food coloring, and powdered sugar. Drop on wax paper quickly. (The first mints will be round, but as the mixture cools, the mints become lumpier.)

For a healthier candy, don't use the food coloring, since it has been proven to cause cancer. But, you are of course welcome to do as you wish.

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