“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
So you snacked on some heart-shaped beef jerky, PB & J cookies and drank all the maple whiskey with your partner and now you have bad breath. You would like to be able to use your mouth for activities other than eating but feel like it’s not an option after what you just ate. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered on your date!
Valentine’s day is just around the corner and to finalize my V-day recipes, I made breath mints. My SO loves Altoids breath mints so I set out to make a similar product. I found the recipe at One Good Thing by Jillee and I loved how simple it was so I tried it! It’s fun to make and awesome to eat. Being V-day and all, I painted a heart with food colouring on a few mints.
Altoids breath mints are strong in flavour because of the oils used to add the flavour. Oils are high concentrating of the chosen herb or spice they are different than extracts because they don’t contain water or alcohol. I have cinnamon and peppermint oil but there is a wide variety of oils for different mint flavours.
- Gum paste (I’m using a ready to use gum paste)
- Flavour oils such as peppermint oil or cinnamon oil – You do not want an extract that contains water or alcohol, the oils are a pure concentrate and stronger in taste
- Icing sugar for dusting and on your working surface
- Straw or small cutter
- Food colouring
- Tin or jar to keep the mints in
- Rolling pin
- Take an egg sized amount out of the gum paste package and knead the paste on an icing sugar dusted surface until it becomes softer
- Add a few drops of oil until you get your desired taste – the more you add the stronger tasting the mint will be. I added 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Knead paste with oil until well combined
- Add a few drops of food colouring until you get your desired colour – I added 2 drops of green in the peppermint and 2 drops of red in the cinnamon
- Knead paste with colouring until consistent in colour
- Roll out the paste with a rolling pin until the desired thickness is achieved
- Punch out holes in the rolled out paste with the straw (the paste dries out quickly so try to be quick)
- Let dry for 72 hours – the longer the better as they get crunchy like real mint with time
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