These Homemade Butter Mints are smooth, velvety, and melt-in-your-mouth amazing! Such a fun thing to make during the holidays!
♡THE BEST OF 12 DAYS OF SUGAR – DAY 8♡
These Homemade Butter Mints were part of my 12 Days of Sugar in December 2017. My mom started making these when I was a teenager and I’ve been in love with them ever since!
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I have been so excited to share these Homemade Butter Mints with you. I’ve wanted to include them in my 12 Days of Sugar for the past couple years and for some reason I just haven’t. Probably because my list of things I want to make just continues to grow.
The fact of the matter is I could easily do the 25 Days of Sugar if I really wanted to, but I certainly don’t want to be the cause of any cavities, sugar comas and/or diet failures, etc.
Anyway, these butter mints kind of hold a special place in my heart because my mom made them growing up. I remember many, many times helping her with these. . . pulling & snipping, pulling & snipping, pulling & snipping. These actually are simple to make, but you just have to work fast at the end when you’re pulling the candy and then forming it into ropes and cutting it into pieces.
The recipe is simple and the method is pretty straightforward, but one word of caution make sure you cook these to the right temperature. . . it’s highly important! Keep reading and you’ll see why. . .
The reason I say that is because last year when we had our annual candy making day, we made these and had a wee bit of a problem. My mom had it in her head that you just cook the mixture to a softball stage, so that’s what we did.
When the mixture was cool enough to start pulling, it seemed waaaaay stickier than normal. But we kept pulling and pulling and were just making a sticky mess! We rubbed butter on our hands, but that didn’t work, we were just getting the sticky, sugar mixture stuck to us everywhere. It was a disaster to say the least. We were laughing so hard and I’m sure we looked like complete imbeciles.
One of my sons came home and saw what a huge sticky mess we all were and just walked away laughing.
The mixture eventually firmed up, lost its glossy look and we were able to form it into ropes and snip it into pieces. It did however, take a lot longer for the mints to finally mellow to where they kind of melted in your mouth instead of being chewy.
Anyway, it definitely gave us some good laughs that day and we will never undercook butter mints again.
If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can always to the cold water test. Click here for some great tips on how to test candy without a thermometer.
What if I don’t have a marble slab?
If you don’t have a marble slab, a chilled cookie sheet will also work. Just remember to butter it.
These butter mints are amazing and so much better than store bought. Please don’t be afraid to give these a try. If you have any questions email me, leave a comment or DM me on Instagram!Print
BE SURE AND PIN THIS TO YOUR PINTEREST BOARDS SO YOU CAN MAKE IT LATER!
Originally posted December 7, 2017.