Surprise your kids this year with a unique Christmas treat. No HFCS or food dyes. Homemade peppermint candy is easy to make and allergen friendly!
You can’t have Christmas without a candy cane. Peppermint and Christmas go hand in hand.
One thing you can do without this time of year, though, is artificial flavor and color. The excitement and wonder of Christmas is plenty to make my kids extra hyper and excited. I don’t need junk food to do that.
But I’m also not Scrooge. I do want my kids to enjoy special treats this time of year. Emotional well-being is just as important as physical well-being. That includes creating memories and indulging in festive goodies.
So rather than miss out on the traditional minty treats I created my own!
Homemade peppermint candy only takes about ten minutes to make and is ready to eat soon after.
Safe for those with allergies and oral SPD.
One of the great things about homemade candy is that you control the flavor.
My oldest has oral SPD. So she can’t handle much mint. Yet she loves mint flavored desserts! Just mildly flavored. And that is not something you can find in a store.
I go very light with my peppermint flavor. But you can make it as minty as you like. My candy was actually almost too minty for her. I could scale back the mint just a touch.
The other fun thing about homemade peppermint candy is being able to choose the shape. I did stars that look like snowflakes. Candy cane molds would be perfect for this time of year! Let the kids pick what shape they like.
Note that silicon works best for hard candy since you have to pour it into molds while very hot.
Great for the whole family.
Peppermint candy is the perfect treat for the whole family. I even let my toddler try some! Even though the candy is hard it dissolves easily and can be chewed. So I broke off a few small chunks for her to taste.
Normally I like to share recipes that kids can help make. But this one is definitely for adults since you are working with hot sugar.
But don’t let that stop you from getting your kids in the kitchen! It is so fun to watch the candy-making process. It makes a great science lesson. Plus demonstration is the first step in teaching your kids how to cook.
This year take small steps to make your holidays happy yet healthy. Homemade peppermint candy is ready in no time and can be made days or even weeks in advance.
Are you ready to create some great Christmas memories?
I hope they include the wonderful flavor of peppermint candy.
Be sure to come back tomorrow! I’ve got another unique holiday treat that utilizes these fun candies.
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- 3 Tbsp. water
- 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
- Mix the sugar and water in a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring.
- Simmer until the temperature reaches 300*F (this will take about ten minutes, the mixture will start to get thick/syrupy)
- Remove from heat.
- Add the peppermint extract
- Immediately pour into candy molds and let set until firm.
- Store in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to two months. The candy can be stored at room temperature, but keeping it cool is best.
- You can adjust the peppermint flavor to your liking. Make a batch according to the recipe. Then make another batch with more or less extract to meet your tastes.
- The candy can be made with silicon molds, on parchment paper (just pour in rounds) or in one large chunk in a glass pan (then broken into pieces once cooled).
- This works for suckers as well.
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