If a recipe says "untested"...

We want to post scans of all the original recipes so everyone in our family can enjoy them even if we haven't gotten around to testing each one in our modern kitchen. As we test each recipe, we will add our notes and photos to the recipes we do test and remove the note "untested" in the title. If you make one of the untested recipes, take a photo of the finished product and send us a note to let us know of your experience so we may include those in the recipes as well.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Peppermint drops (untested)

This recipe appears to be written in Grammy's handwriting (her handwriting looked different when she wrote in fountain pen). It is undated, but I suspect this recipe pre-dates 1941 (the year she got married).

What I like about this recipe is that is appears to be a great way to make homemade candies that could be used as breath-mints or lozenges.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 drops essence of peppermint [peppermint essential oil]*

  1. In a saucepan, cook the water and sugar until it reaches thread stage (230°F-235°F)**. Do not stir while cooking
  2. Remove from fire
  3. Add peppermint and stir until candy thickens and looks cloudy
  4. Drop immediately from a teaspoon onto waxed paper or a greased plate
  5. If it becomes too hard to drop, warm by standing the saucepan over hot water for a moment

*Wintergreen may be substituted for peppermint [I imagine any flavor of essential oil could be substituted as well]

**If you aren't using a candy thermometer (which I highly recommend) you can test candy the old fashioned way using cold water. Click here to read all about testing candy using cold water.

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