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Homemade Buttermints

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Lots


These Homemade Butter Mints are smooth, velvety, and melt-in-your-mouth amazing! Such a fun thing to make during the holidays!


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 5 to 6 drops of peppermint oil or 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract 
  • Food coloring (optional)


  1. In a heavy-bottomed, large saucepan combine sugar, butter, water and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved and butter is melted. Place lid on and cook until mixture comes to a boil and has climbed the sides of the pan.
  2. Remove lid and wipe down any sugar crystals on the sides of the pan using a wet pastry brush. Continue cooking over medium to medium-low heat, WITHOUT STIRRING until mixture reaches 256 degrees (hard ball stage). Immediately pour onto a buttered marble slab (DO NOT SCRAPE THE BOTTOM OF THE PAN!)
  3. Sprinkle with the peppermint oil (or extract)and 1 to 2 to drops of desired food coloring (if using), but don’t stir it in yet.
  4. When the bubbles have all gone, start working with a rubber spatula by pulling the edges into the center and working around the candy, fold onto itself and flatten out then fold and keep moving. Do this until it is cool enough to pick up.
  5. Form into a log and start pulling. You want to pull as into as long as your hands can reach. Fold into thirds, then pull and fold again. Keep pulling, folding, and twisting. You will notice the color start to change. It will lighten and start getting a dull finish. Sometimes this can take about 10 minutes.
  6. When you can’t pull easily pull into pieces about using your hands, roll into ropes about 24 inches long  slightly thicker than a finger. Add a twist to the ropes.  Using kitchen scissors, cut into 1″ – 1.5″ pieces. Place a layer into an airtight container, then place a piece of wax paper in between each layer of mints. Let mints mellow for 24 to 36 hours.


  • These mints are definitely easier if you have a second or third person there helping you pull the candy mixture once it’s cooled. Divide it into chunks and let each person pull their own chunk. Then divide the piece you’re pulling into two or three pieces to make the ropes.
  • When pulling the mints, pull it as long as your hands can reach and then fold it into thirds and pull it again. Repeat this process until it loses its gloss.
  • I like to wear latex gloves when I do this because it protects my hands slightly from the heat and the mints don’t stick to the gloves.
  • I like to use empty candy tins to store my mints in.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Candy