Homemade mints for Christmas

These after dinner mints are so pretty that couldn’t possibly have any calories, could they?  | Sheri Hathaway photo

At the end of a family meal, we’d lean back, stuffed like turkeys.

While conversation and coffee or tea circulated the table, a pretty dish of after dinner mints stole its way around as well.

Our Aunt Mattie often brought her delicious homemade candy when she joined us for a special meal. We groaned but couldn’t pass up the dainty treats, so pretty they couldn’t possibly have any calories, could they?

  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 4 tbsp. water
  • pinch salt

Cook until you see the first bubbles form on the bottom of the pan and then remove from heat.

Now add:

  • 4 tbsp. (heaping) icing sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint flavouring

Beat until creamy. This doesn’t take long.

Drop onto wax paper from a spoon.

Work quickly before it hardens in the pan.

As they cool, they will turn into delicate circles of sweetness.

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