Butter Mints

Pat Duran

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@kitchenChatter

These little nuggets of melt in your mouth mints are just like the one you remember. Great for holidays and special occasions.
Try the anise (licorice) one too use anise flavoring and green food coloring!


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Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

3 c
granulated sugar
1 c
water
1 c
butter, softened
1/4 tsp
peppermint oil
3 to 5 dash(es)
yellow food coloring or use you favorite color

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Butter a 15x10 inch baking pan. Place pan in refrigerator to keep cool until needed.
In a large heavy saucepan with a lid, combine sugar,water and butter. Cook and stir with a wooden spoon over high heat until sugar is dissolved.
2
Bring to a boil; cover and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes to allow steam to wash sugar crystals down. Uncover; cook over medium heat, without stirring, until candy thermometer reads 260^(hard ball stage).
3
Remove from heat; stir in peppermint oil and food coloring. Pour into chilled pan without scraping. Let stand undisturbed for 10 minutes.
With a rubber spatula, gently fold edges of hot candy into the center of the pan, repeating 2 or 3 times until the candy is cool enough to handle.
4
Butter your fingers well, form candy into a ball, then begin stretching until candy becomes porous and satiny about 5 minutes. Pull out into a 1/2 inch rope.( like making taffy)
5
Using buttered scissors, cut candy into 1/2 inch pieces.
Store candy pillows in an airtight container for at least 24 hours before serving.So the flavor melds and ripens. Makes about 1 1/2 #'s
6
Note:
For anise flavored use anise(licorice) flavoring and green food coloring.
7
For Stormy's Vitamin C Melt-Aways:
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract,orange essential or flavored oil
2 to 3 drops of orange food coloring or none at all,optional

To make follow directions above for original Butter Mints.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy