I just finished a batch of homemade mints for a gathering this weekend. They are drying out a bit on the counter before I pack them away in the fridge.
I made spearmint flavored leaves and amaretto flavored sunflowers. Yes I know it takes a bit of imagination to make a sunflower out of the yellow ones….oh well they taste good anyway.
The recipe is simple enough 1 brick of Philly Cream Cheese and a bag of powdered sugar. Mix well and divide mixture in half or thirds for whatever coloring or flavors you wish to mix. My big mixer came in real handy. After mixing chill your batches, I threw mine in the freezer because I wanted the mixture to cool fast so I could finish this project!
We have many different molds…and they have been used over and over…I think the first time we made mints was back in 1994 before my oldest daughters wedding…Arvilla and I used the molds while my Mom mixed up the batches.
I sprinkle a bit of sugar into the mold, then roll a ball of mint and dip it in sugar and press it into the mold, level off the back of the mold and then lift gently on the outer edge of the mold and release the mint and then dip it in sugar….repeat…until all your mixture is used up…allow mints to dry a bit before packing away. They freeze well and can be made ahead of time.
The leaf and sunflower I used are in front.
Flavorings can be purchased in a bake shop/candy store, food coloring is just the normal one from the grocery store.