Tuesday, December 20, 2011

AT THE TABLE: Homemade Candy Cane Mints

For a gal who is obsessed with fresh breath, I go through mints like no one's business! Can you imagine what my squeals sounded like when I came across this handmade candy cane 'altoids' recipe on a recent visit to Cheeky Kitchen!
Now if I can only find someone willing to walk around with hands stained the color of Rudolph's nose, I will be in fresh breath heaven all winter long!!

Handmade Candy Cane Mints

1 (1-pound) package of gum paste
15-20 drops high quality peppemint essential oil
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring paste
1/4 cup powdered sugar
10 small metal tins for wrapping

Open the gum paste and drop in 15-20 drops of peppermint oil. Knead the gum paste until the peppermint oil is well incorporated. 
Split the gum paste in half, then drop a bit of red coloring onto one half and knead until coloring is fully mixed. (It's best to work on a piece of parchment paper or a cutting board to protect any surfaces from dye)
Split each mound of gum paste into two so that you now have 4 equal mounds of gum paste.
Roll into four thick ropes and then group them together, one red and one white on the bottom, one red and one white on top of the first layer, giving you a little checkerboard square.

Cut this roll in half and roll into two long, thinnish ropes.
Stop rolling when your ropes are about a 1/2 inch in diameter. Work quickly to keep the surface of the gum paste ropes from drying out and crumbling. 
Using a very sharp knife, slice the ropes into 1/4" pieces. Since your gum paste should still be a little soft, you might get some pieces that have been squished out of shape during the cutting process, just press them back into little round mint shaped discs.
Place all pieces on a baking sheet and allow them to air dry for 48 hours before packaging them in tins.

recipe and all images via Cheeky Kitchen


Suburban Princess said...

How cute! I love this idea!

la petite coquine said...

So delicious, and a great project!