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Homemade Mint Candy Recipes
by Rachel Keller

Want to surprise that special someone with some homemade goodies for Valentine's Day? Try one of these three wonderful homemade candy recipes.

These recipes are great for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or any time you feel the urge for a cool, rich peppermint taste.

Mint Candy

1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
4 Tbsp. water
peppermint extract
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.)

The following recipes are very similar--just slight variations. These are the kinds of mints you see at wedding receptions. (Yes, I had homemade mints at my wedding.) The first recipe comes from a friend at church. The second comes from an old church cookbook.

Cream Cheese Mints

1 3-oz pkg. cream cheese (room temperature)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. flavoring (peppermint, butter, almond, wintergreen or whatever)
food coloring or colored sugared (optional)
2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar

Mix cheese in bowl until soft. Add coloring and flavoring and gradually add the sugar. Mix and knead until it is the consistency of pie dough or putty. Roll into balls the size of a marble. Dip in granulated sugar and press firmly into a candy mold. Unmold at once onto waxed paper. Once firm transfer onto a cake rack and let dry for a few hours. They will keep a long time if you store them in an air-tight container. Makes about 6 dozen mints.

You can omit the food coloring and roll the mints in colored sugar.

If you don't have candy presses, roll the mints and then flatten with a fork for a pretty design.

Molded Peppermint Candy

4 oz. cream cheese or 1/4 c. butter
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
red, pink, or green food coloring (depending on the season)
cream or milk

Mix together all the ingredients, adding just enough milk to make a hard fondant. Knead then chill. Make into little balls and put into molds. Refrigerate. When hardened, pop out the candies. Store in the refrigerator or freezer. (These taste wonderful straight from the freezer.)

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