Butter Mints

Discover the art of making homemade Butter Mints, a delightful confection that combines the creamy richness of butter with a refreshing peppermint twist. This recipe guides you through creating these melt-in-your-mouth morsels, perfect for sweetening any occasion, like weddings or holidays.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • pinch cream of tartar
  • few drops food coloring
  • 4-5 drops oil of peppermint

Instructions

Mixing. In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, commence your candy-making adventure by combining sugar, water, butter, and a pinch of cream of tartar. Stir this sweet mixture over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, like a magician making their assistant vanish!

Cooking. Crank up the heat to high and let this concoction cook without stirring. You’re aiming for the hard ball stage, a fancy term for 260°F. If any rebellious sugar crystals attempt an escape up the pan sides, give them a stern wipe-off.

Cooling and Flavoring. Once your mixture reaches candy nirvana, pour it onto a buttered marble slab or any large, flat, buttered surface you have handy. As it cools, channel your inner sculptor and gently fold the edges towards the center. When it’s cool enough to handle, but still pliable, add your artistry with food coloring and peppermint oil. Knead this colorful creation until it’s a uniform pastel dream. Clean cotton gloves might be a good prophylactic  for blistered fingers.

The Art of Pulling. This is where you earn your candy stripes! Pull and fold the mint mixture repeatedly. This isn’t just for fun—it’s to mix in the flavor and color evenly as well as adding air, which makes the mixture opaque. Keep at it until the candy is hard to pull and you feel like a taffy-pulling pro.

Shaping. Stretch your masterpiece into a ribbon about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch wide. Then, with the precision of a master chef, snip off small pieces with kitchen shears. This is where your butter mints take shape, literally!

Storing. Store your butter mints in an airtight container, layered with waxed paper to prevent a minty mutiny where they all stick together. This recipe makes about 1 pound of these delightful treats.

Serving Suggestions. Serve these homemade butter mints as a delightful end to a meal or as a sweet snack. Each batch yields about 1 pound, perfect for sharing or gifting. Display them in a charming candy dish for guests or pack them in little bags as party favors. Remember, they’re not just candies; they’re tiny ambassadors of your culinary prowess!

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